Brazil - Synagogue damaged in arson attack

Pelotas - Vandals set fire to a synagogue in southern Brazil after painting threats to the Jewish community on its walls.

Flammable material was poured under the main entrance door of the Israelite Society of Pelotas building on Thursday and set alight causing minor damage. The criminals also wrote pro-Palestinian messages on the wall as well as threats to the Jewish community, which should “wait” for an “international intifada.”

Local Jewish leaders said the attack was “an insult to democracy and freedom of speech and religion,” and called for the involvement of federal authorities.