Posted: 1/9/2010 10:12:00 PM
Source: This article originally appeared on the Arutz 7 website on Jan. 10, 2010.
Greek Synagogue Attacked by Arsonists
(IsraelNN.com) Fire crews saved the Etz Chaim Synagogue last week in Chania on the Greek island of Crete before a blaze set by unidentified individuals could cause major damage. The synagogue holds more than 1,500 books and functions as a museum and memorial in the harbor city. Chania’s 300 Jews were deported in 1944 and died when their ship sank.
The synagogue, the only one in Crete, suffered significant water and smoke damage but its Torah scrolls were not harmed, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported from Athens on January 7. “A bar of soap was thrown against the outer wall of the synagogue to illustrate the common Greek anti-Semitic expression, ‘I'll make you into a bar of soap,’” the news agency added.