16.9 C
London
Saturday, May 25, 2024

Warsaw, Nożyk synagogue – attempted arson with a Molotov cocktail. “The bullies won't be able to divide us”

Must read

- Advertisement -


On behalf of President Joe Biden, I strongly condemn this attack on the Nożyk synagogue, said US Ambassador to Poland Mark Brzezinski on Wednesday. The Chief Rabbi of Poland, Michael Schudrich, stated that if the Molotov cocktail had hit a dozen or so centimeters further to the left, the synagogue could have caught fire. Israeli ambassador Yakov Liwne said that those who wanted to set fire to the building “were trying to burn down Jewish-Polish relations, and we cannot allow them to make this act effective.”

On Wednesday night, there was an attempt to set fire to the Nożyk synagogue in Warsaw's Śródmieście district. A Molotov cocktail was used and smashed against the facade, close to one of the ground floor windows. Fortunately, the fire was quickly extinguished. The police are looking for the perpetrators. This act was condemned by, among others, President Andrzej Duda, Minister of Foreign Affairs Radosław Sikorski and the authorities of Warsaw.

Read more: “Someone tried to set fire to the Nożyk synagogue.” President Duda condemned the “shameful attack”

During a press conference in front of the synagogue on Wednesday, the matter was addressed by, among others: Chief Rabbi of Poland Michael Schudrich and US Ambassador to Poland Mark Brzezinski.

- Advertisement -

Nożyk Synagogue – attempted arson. “I think it's a miracle”

As Schrudrich said, “the Nożyk synagogue is the only synagogue that survived the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.” He stated that if the Molotov cocktail had hit a dozen or so centimeters further to the left, the building could have caught fire. – I think it's a miracle – he added.

He said that “bullies will not succeed in dividing” friends. The rabbi thanked presidents Andrzej Duda and Rafał Trzaskowski for their support.

“On behalf of President Joe Biden, I strongly condemn this attack.”

Mark Brzezinski also spoke. – I want to say it very clearly, the United States Embassy in Warsaw is against anti-Semitism. On behalf of President Joe Biden, I strongly condemn this attack on the Nożyk synagogue and this act of anti-Semitism, he said.

He added: “We will hold our heads high in the fight against anti-Semitism and we will remember the victims of the Holocaust.” – The Nożyk Synagogue is a symbol of survival and we stand here expressing solidarity with the synagogue, today and tomorrow – said the ambassador.

An attempt to set fire to the Nożyk synagogue and unequivocal condemnationTVN24

“Synagogues should not be burned anywhere, and especially should not be burned in Warsaw.”

– Never again. There is no place in Poland for anti-Semitism, there is no place for racial hatred, for religious hatred, there is no place for violence against Jews in Poland. And I say this with all certainty as a representative of the Polish Sejm, chairwoman of the Justice and Human Rights Committee, said MP Kamila Gasiuk-Pihowicz.

As she added, “synagogues should not be burned anywhere, and especially should not be burned in Warsaw 16 days before the 81st anniversary of the burning of the Great Synagogue by German Nazis.” – This fire of the Great Synagogue was supposed to be the last chord of the murder of 300,000 Warsaw Jews. There is no consent for such scenes to ever be repeated in Poland, she said.

– Today I would like to say to my Jewish friends that we will do everything to protect you, to make you feel safe in Poland – she concluded.

“They tried to burn down Jewish-Polish relations”

Israel's ambassador to Poland, Yakov Liwne, said that “those who tried to set fire to the Nożyk synagogue today tried to burn down Jewish-Polish relations, and we cannot allow this act to be effective.” – I want to thank all those who spoke out against this act of vandalism today, but we must do more. Not just words, we must take action, he added.

– Those who commit acts of anti-Semitism must be brought to justice. They must be punished. I hope and I am convinced that we will be able to work on this together with the Polish authorities, he said.

President Duda's advisor, Alvin Gajadhur, read the head of state's post on social media on his behalf. “I condemn the shameful attack on the Nożyk Synagogue in Warsaw. There is no place for anti-Semitism in Poland! There is no place for hatred in Poland!” – he said.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Radosław Sikorski also commented on this incident on social media. “Thank God, no one was hurt. I wonder who is trying to disrupt the anniversary of joining the EU. Maybe the same ones who scribbled Stars of David in Paris?” – wrote on the website X.



Source link

More articles

- Advertisement -

Latest article