Members of the fire Brigade SIS (Services Incendie et Secours) work at a synaguoge in Geneva, Switzerland, Thursday, May 24, 2007. The synagogue Malagnou in Geneva was destroyed in an early morning fire on Thursday. The cause of the fire is not known yet, incendiarism cant be debarred, but police still has to do the examinations. The synagogue was built in the early 1970s in the Malagnou suburb of Geneva and played host to a youth and sports club as well as conferences and receptions. (AP Photo/Keystone, Martial Trezzini)
By Bradley S. Klapper, Associated Press Writer
GENEVA –Fire heavily damaged Geneva’s largest synagogue early Thursday, and police said they are investigating whether it was arson or an electrical fault.
The blaze struck on the Jewish holiday of Shavuot, which celebrates Moses’ receiving of the Torah from God.
There have been incidents of anti-Semitism in Geneva recently, including graffiti scrawled on another Jewish house of worship.
The blaze broke out at 5 a.m. in the Hekhal Haness Synagogue in Geneva’s Malagnou neighborhood. About 40 firefighters responded and had the fire under control an hour later, police spokesman Philippe Cosandey said. No one was hurt.
He said investigators’ first impression was that it was arson, but it wasn’t clear where the fire originated. A statement later in the day said police were also working on the possibility that it could have started from an electrical fault.
The main entrance was completely burnt out, with windows blown out and walls blackened by smoke. Police were removing wood and rubble from the entrance. A heavy smell of smoke hung in the air.
Still, a group of worshippers prayed in an inner courtyard to celebrate the holiday. They used the Torah scroll, which apparently survived the fire.
The first-floor library was destroyed, said Jose de Matos who works as a keeper at the synagogue. The main prayer room was not damaged, according to an Associated Press reporter who was given access to the building.
Associated Press Writers Eliane Engeler and Frank Jordans contributed to the report.
It just so happens that synagogues burn when there are Jewish holidays. It happens rather frequently that Hindu-temples blow up when there are Hindu holidays. And whenever there are Buddhist holidays in Thailand it just so happens that Buddhists are beheaded and temples attacked.
Why is that? What causes this mystery?
Check out the bullshit reports from the media, just to see who our friends are:
Arson suspected in synagogue blaze
Houston Chronicle A fire heaviliy damaged a synagogue in Geneva Thursday, and police said they suspect arson.. . They did not give a motive, but there have been …
Fire Damages Geneva Synagogue
New York Sun GENEVA â€” Fire heavily damaged Geneva’s largest synagogue early yesterday, and police said they are investigating whether it was arson or an …
Arson feared in Swiss synagogue fire
Jerusalem Post Fire caused major damage to one of Geneva’s synagogues early Thursday, and police said they suspect arson. . More than 40 firefighters were needed …
Electrical fault likely caused Geneva synagogue fire, not arson
Haaretz A fire that erupted in Geneva’s largest synagogue on Thursday appears to have been caused by an electrical fault, Swiss police said Thursday …
Fire destroys Geneva synagogue is ‘arson’
Police said an early morning fire that destroyed Geneva’s largest synagogue on Thursday, a Jewish holiday, may have been arson but they did not …
Arson suspected in synagogue fire
Fire caused major damage to Geneva’s largest synagogue early Thursday, and police said they suspect arson.. . More than 40 firefighters were needed …
Fire heavily damages Geneva’s largest synagogue
San Diego Union-Tribune
Fire heavily damaged Geneva’s largest synagogue early Thursday, and police said they are investigating whether it was arson or an electrical fault …
Fire heavily damages large synagogue in Geneva
Xinhua News Agency
A big fire caused major damage to a large synagogue in the Swiss city of Geneva on Thursday, but no one was injured in the incident. . The fire …
Probe into Swiss synagogue fire
A synagogue in Switzerland has been severely damaged by fire, but it is unclear if it the cause of the blaze was due to arson or an accident.. …
* Where was Tariq Ramadan?
Fire heavily damages Geneva synagogue
Fire heavily damaged a synagogue Thursday, and police said they suspect arson.. The blaze struck on the Jewish holiday of Shavuot, which celebrates …
Europe: Switzerland: Fire Damages Geneva’s Largest Synagogue
New York Times
Fire heavily damaged the Hekhal Haness synagogue in Geneva, the city’s largest. The police were investigating whether it was arson or an electrical …
Police suspect arson in Geneva synagogue fire
Fire caused major damage to one of Geneva’s synagogues early Thursday, and police said they suspect arson. . More than 40 firefighters were needed …
Blaze destroys Geneva synagogue
A fire has gutted a synagogue in the city of Geneva, in what Swiss police suspect was an arson attack. . Firefighters put out the Hekhal Hanes …
Wow! Al Bebeeceera is not even as bad as usual!
Police investigating possible arson in major fire at Geneva synagogue
Fire caused major damage to one of Geneva’s synagogues early Thursday, and police said they suspect arson.. More than 40 firefighters were needed …
Guess who’s laughing?
A new definition for Irony:
Mosques awarded Homeland Security grants
* While churches, temples and synagogues are being firebombed around the world, from India to Australia and from France to Geneva, CAIR, the American front group for Hamas, a terrorist organization, has succeeded in securing grants to protect mosques:
Here is the fruit of those trumped-up hate crime reports: they translate into cold, hard, cash.
From WorldNetDaily.com, via Dhimmi Watch
While the European Union investigates mosques for ties to Islamic terrorism, the U.S. government is giving mosques security grants that are designed to protect churches, synagogues and other nonprofit groups from Islamic terror.
Most recently, the Islamic Society of Baltimore landed a $15,000 grant from the Department of Homeland Security to upgrade security at its Maryland mosque.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations since April has been urging leaders of mosques and Islamic schools across the nation to apply for the DHS grants, even though the agency’s program was set up to help protect nonprofit facilities that are at high risk for attacks by Islamic terrorists.
In a recent “Action Alert” posted on its website, CAIR encouraged its Muslim members to take advantage of $24 million in federal funds DHS has made available â€“ specifically, DHS says, for nonprofit organizations “deemed high-risk for a potential international terrorist attack.”
Organizations in 46 urban areas designated high risk for Islamic terror attack are eligible to participate in the new Nonprofit Security Grant Program.
The CAIR alert issued April 29 to Muslim members reads as follows: “ACTION REQUESTED: All eligible 501(c)(3) American mosques and other Islamic institutions are urged to begin the application process to receive training and to purchase equipment such as video cameras, alarm systems and other security enhancements.”
Several Islamic institutions already have applied and are receiving government approval.
U.S. officials who spoke to WND on condition of anonymity expressed dismay that CAIR would drain limited federal funds away from higher risk targets for terrorism. They argue mosques are among the lowest risk for such attacks.
Swiss reputation for tolerance under threat
By Sam Cage Reuters
ZURICH (Reuters) – Switzerland’s reputation as a haven of tolerance for immigrants has been undermined in recent weeks by calls for a ban on new minarets, a mysterious synagogue blaze and neo-Nazi threats to disrupt national day celebrations.
Switzerland is known for public order and efficiency. Its neutral status and high living standards, as well as its need for lower cost workers, have historically attracted refugees from conflicts around Europe and the world.
“Radical Islam is a huge foreign political factor,” said Swiss culture and politics expert Jonathan Steinberg of the University of Pennsylvania. “None of the immigration before constituted an international threat. Now they do.”
Al Reuters cooks the News for you!Â
“Swiss reputation for tolerance under threat” Al Reuters cites a retired wakademic, a Clive Church, ‘expert on Swiss politics’, recently retired from the University of Kent.
A group of right-wing Swiss politicians has launched a campaign to ban the construction of minarets, claiming they are a symbol of power and threaten law and order.
* Please note ‘right wing’- the usual leftie slur on reason and common sense
The attempt to launch a national referendum on minarets has triggered widespread criticism but also attracted some support.
“There’s no doubt that the attack on the minarets is part of a larger picture of Islamophobia,” said Church, who said the backlash — if the ban became law — could be comparable to a storm of protest last year caused by cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad first published in Denmark.”
There you have it again:
“Islamophobia”- that thrumped up BS word that Wackademics and Islamo-fascist propagandists just love to death. “Backlash, neo-nazi’s, racism, Islamophobia”- its all there. Church is your arch-typical, defeatist surrender monkey.Â
Al Reuters makes sure your news is well cooked.