Caracas, Venezuela – Prosecutors Charge 11 in Synagogue Attack

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courthammer3.jpgVenezuelan prosecutors have filed charges against eight police officers and three others in the January attack on Caracas’ largest synagogue.

Prosecutors say they have asked a court to approve charges including robbery and acts of contempt against a religion.

The Tiferet Israel synagogue was ransacked and vandalized Jan. 30. The assailants shattered religious objects, spray-painted anti-Semitic slogans and stole a computer database with the names and addresses of Jews in Venezuela.

The attack took place as President Hugo Chavez severed diplomatic ties with Israel in protest of its military offensive on the Gaza Strip.

Chavez condemns the synagogue attack and denies provoking anti-Semitism.

(Source: Associated Press)