The Bishkek synagogue was attacked

| April 12, 2010

Bishkek, April 12, Interfax – The Jewish community in Kyrgyzstan has asked interim leader Roza Otunbayeva to provide protection following last week's political uprising.

"On April 8, someone tried to get into the Bishkek synagogue and set it on fire. Unknown individuals disabled the surveillance cameras and threw bottles with explosive liquid into the yard and onto the roof of the synagogue," a letter issued by Jewish representatives said in an address to Otunbayeva.

"For the first time in the history of Kyrgyzstan, our community has been faced with imminent threat to people's security and life," the letter said.

Anti-Semitic slogans have been sighted during the recent uprising in Bishkek and some Jews living in Kyrgyzstan have been threatened, according to the Jewish leaders.

"For this reason, being confident of your support of ethnic and religious accord in our country, we are asking you to take appropriate measures and guarantee the safety of members of the Jewish community."

Over 1,200 Jews currently live in the republic.

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