Wiesenthal Center Denounces Destruction of Torah Scrolls and Desecration of Synagogue in Iran

December 26, 2017

The Simon Wiesenthal Center denounced the vandalizing of the Hadash synagogue in Shiraz, Iran.

“Reports are that holy scrolls were destroyed and prayer books stuffed in toilets. While anti-Semitic hate crimes happen the world over, we are deeply worried by this attack on the tiny Jewish community in Iran, a tightly controlled theocracy,” said Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Associate Dean and Director of Global Social Action of the SImon Wiesenthal Center, a leading Jewish human rights NGO.

“The Iranian regime daily expresses its genocidal hatred for the Jewish State, promotes Holocaust denial and funds terrorist organizations targeting Israel. It’s hateful rhetoric and policies fuel anti-Semitism at home and around the world. Still, the Jewish community will have no choice but to rely on authorities to investigate this ominous hate crime,” Rabbi Cooper concluded.

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