Shots fired at Oslo’s Central Synagogue

Monday, September 18, 2006 |  by Staff Writer
The Oslo police have tightened the security around Jewish institutions and the Israeli Embassy building in Oslo, Norway, in response to the Sunday morning shooting attack on the Central Synagogue in the city.

Reports so far indicate that the shots were fired from a moving vehicle, occupied by two unidentified men. They shot several rounds towards the façade of the building and fled the area. No body was hurt, but the building’s exterior was perforated with bullet holes.

Oslo’s Chief Rabbi Yoav Melchior, son of Knesset Member Rabbi Michael Melchior (Labor) said that since the beginning of the war in Lebanon, acts of anti-Semitism have been on the rise in the city, and the media is full of anti-Semitic rhetoric. “Such a serious incident has never happened in Norway before and we are very afraid. We hope the government takes responsibility. We must not take this incident lightly,” he said.

This is not the first time the Oslo Synagogue has been attacked. A month and a half ago, an unidentified person defecated on the steps of the synagogue. He later threw rocks at the building and the yard. Two windows were shattered and damage was done to the Community Building. The incident was caught by the security cameras of the Synagogue. The person is most likely a Norwegian citizen who participated in a demonstration in front of the US and Israeli Embassies a few hours prior.

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