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Synagogue Vandalized

| April 18, 2011 | 0 Comments



Police are investigating an act of vandalism at the Beth Sholom Congregation. Montgomery County police detectives responded early Monday to the synagogue in the 11-thousand-8-hundred block of Seven Locks Road, and found that at least eight windows had been shattered, including a decorative stained-glass window overlooking the parking lot. Police believe a bb-gun was used […]




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Ra’anana rabbis condemn attack on Reform synagogue

| April 18, 2011 | 0 Comments



JERUSALEM (JTA) — Some 14 Orthodox rabbis and public figures from Ra'anana signed a letter condemning an attack on a Reform synagogue in the central Israel city. Ra'anana Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Peretz was among those who signed the letter, which was released Sunday. The World Union for Progressive Judaism also condemned the April 14 attack, […]




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Fire in Hollywood synagogue called arson

| April 17, 2011 | 0 Comments



(JTA) — Police are searching for a suspect in a fire in a prominent Hollywood synagogue that has been classified as arson. The fire, which the Los Angeles Fire Department has called arson, was set in a classroom on the second floor of Temple Israel of Hollywood early on April 14. The suspect was caught […]




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Santa Monica Chabad suspect charged for fleeing police

| April 12, 2011 | 0 Comments



[UPDATED at 10 p.m.] Ron Hirsch, who is suspected of setting off an explosion outside a Chabad, was taken into federal custody today. Hirsch has been charged by the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office with “various explosive-related offenses, including ‘explosion with intent to murder,’” Reuters reported. He has also been charged with the federal crime […]




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FBI: Man held in Ohio over California synagogue bombing

| April 12, 2011 | 0 Comments



Los Angeles (CNN) — A man wanted for questioning in last week's synagogue bombing in southern California has been arrested in Ohio, an FBI spokeswoman said confirmed Tuesday. An anonymous caller tipped authorities that Ron Hirsch was in Ohio, spokeswoman Laura Eimiller. Hirsch was taken into custody Monday night in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, a suburb […]




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Seeking Information on Whereabouts of Synagogue Explosion Suspect

| April 11, 2011 | 0 Comments



For Immediate Release April 11, 2011 FBI Los Angeles Contact: Public Affairs Specialist Laura Eimiller (310) 996-3343 Synagogue Explosion Suspect Believed to Have Left Los Angeles for East Coast via Bus A man wanted for questioning in connection with an investigation into last week’s explosion outside the Chabad House synagogue, in Santa Monica, California, is […]




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Israel warns against travel to Sinai, Turkey, Jordan during Passover

| April 7, 2011 | 0 Comments



In addition, the Counter Terrorism Bureau issued a travel warning ahead of the Passover holiday, during which many Israelis frequent tourist destinations abroad. The bureau stressed the warning against travel to Sinai this year, saying intelligence exists that terror agents will attempt to abduct Israeli citizens there. Other countries in which travel is advised against […]




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Gang of men suspected of burgling £20,000 of artefacts from synagogues

| March 27, 2011 | 0 Comments



POLICE have released images of a group of men suspected to have burgled around £20,000 of religious artefacts from synagogues across the borough. Items were taken from Golders Green Reform in Dunstan Road, Sadigura synagogue in Golders Green Road and Ohr Chodosh synagogue in Brentmead Place on January 15, March 7, 16 and 17. Members […]




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Man gets 5 years for attack on Cairo synagogue

| March 27, 2011 | 0 Comments



Egypt's supreme state security court has convicted and sentenced a man to five years in prison for throwing a makeshift bomb at Cairo's main synagogue. Authorities said Hussein was repeatedly jailed for drug dealing and was implicated in attacks organized in the 1980s by Islamic militant groups targeting video stores. Gamal Hussein shouted at the […]




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Accused synagogue bomber Diab in a ‘Catch-22” with bad French evidence: defence lawyer

| March 1, 2011 | 0 Comments



OTTAWA — Lawyers for accused terrorist Hassan Diab made a last-ditch effort Monday to get key handwriting evidence disallowed. Justice Robert Maranger has already ruled that French handwriting evidence — dubbed the “smoking gun” by prosecutors — can be used in the extradition case against Diab. But Maranger also said that he found the evidence […]




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Guilty verdict for man accused of painting swastikas on Olney synagogue

| February 24, 2011 | 0 Comments



The homeless man accused of painting swastikas on an Olney synagogue was found guilty by a Montgomery County jury today. Ian Jacob Baron, 23, vandalized B'nai Shalom and two houses in Olney in July. It took the jury less than 30 minutes to find him guilty of two counts of malicious destruction of property of […]




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Trial against accused Olney synagogue vandal expected to last through the week

| February 23, 2011 | 0 Comments



This story was corrected on Feb. 23, 2011. An explanation follows the story. The trial of a homeless man accused of painting swastikas on an Olney synagogue began today with prosecutors describing him as filled with hate and the man's defense attorney saying his client is troubled. Montgomery County Assistant State's Attorney Jeffrey Wennar told […]




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Amid Unrest, Arab Jewish Communities Worry for Their Safety

| February 23, 2011 | 0 Comments



Washington, Feb. 22- In the aftermath of long-time President Zine el Abidine ben Ali’s overthrow in mid-January, Tunisian Jews were greeted with a harsh reminder of their delicate situation: "Jews wait, the army of Mohammed is coming back!” scores of Muslim demonstrators chanted in front of Tunis’ main synagogue on Feb. 11. While hoping for […]




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Men who vandalized synagogue, stole Torah get probation

| February 20, 2011 | 0 Comments



(JTA) — Two men who admitted to vandalizing a Texas synagogue and dumping its Torah scroll in a landfill were sentenced to 10 years probation and fined. James William Wilsford, 24, and Derrick Randall Nelms, 20, were sentenced Feb. 18 by a Judge in Sherman, Texas for their October 2009 attack Temple Beth Emeth in […]




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Despite qualms, judge allows handwriting evidence in synagogue bombing case

| February 19, 2011 | 0 Comments



OTTAWA — An Ottawa judge has decided to allow handwriting evidence likened by a French prosecutor to a "smoking gun" in the case against university professor and accused terrorist bomber Hassan Diab. French authorities say Diab was a key player in a terrorist bombing outside a Paris synagogue in 1980 and want the Lebanon-born Canadian […]




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