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Historic Barbados synagogue hit with antisemitic messages
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Historic Barbados synagogue hit with antisemitic messages

The synagogue on Caribbean island of Barbados was vandalised with red spray-painted antisemitic messages.

The messages were painted on the exterior walls of the synagogue in St. Michael early on Friday morning, the local Nation News website reported.

The Nidḥe Israel Synagogue, located on Synagogue Lane in Bridgetown, the island’s capital, was built in 1654, destroyed by a hurricane in 1831, and then rebuilt. 

The building, owned and renovated by the Barbados National Trust, remains in use as a synagogue today. In 2011, the synagogue and a mikvah dating to the 17th century and excavated next to the building in 2008, were designated as UNESCO protected properties within the World Heritage Site of Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison area.

The spray-painted graffiti was removed the same day it was discovered, according to the Nation News.

The graffiti contained antisemitic epithets and referred to the “International Money Fund”, a construction worker involved in the clean up told the Nation News.

“It’s the first time that anything like this has ever happened that I am aware of, as Barbados is not known for antisemitism,” an unnamed synagogue employee told the news website.

 Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post

Monday, March 20, 2017
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