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Photo: Youtube

Polish police looking for man who threw stone into synagogue

Footage shows man casually walking to a synagogue in Gdansk while worshipers were praying on Yom Kippur and throwing a rock through the window, which landed in the women's gallery; city mayor says he's 'appalled.'

Polish police are looking for a man who threw a stone into a synagogue in Gdansk as members of the Jewish community were praying at the end of the Yom Kippur holiday.



On Thursday, police released security footage of the incident, which shows a man in a dark shirt walking to the New Synagogue in Gdansk and throwing a stone into a window.


In a statement, police said Wednesday's incident occurred at 6pm local time (1600 GMT) in the Baltic port city of Gdansk, and appealed to anybody who recognizes the man to contact police.


Anti-semitism in Gdansk    (באדיבות משטרת גדנסק)

Anti-semitism in Gdansk


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They said they had spoken to witnesses and were working to determine if the act was a "hooligan prank" or one motivated by religious hatred.


Gdansk Mayor Pawel Adamowicz said he was "appalled" especially because it took place during the prayers ending Yom Kippur, the day of atonement.


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(Photo: Youtube)


"Such things should not happen in the city of freedom and solidarity," Adamowicz said, referring to Gdansk's history as the cradle of the Solidarity movement that helped topple communism.


He called on residents to gather Thursday evening outside the synagogue in a show of protest.


 (Photo: Jewish Community of Gdańsk)
(Photo: Jewish Community of Gdańsk)


Poland’s chief rabbi, Michael Schudrich, said the last such incident in Poland occurred more than 20 years ago when a firebomb was thrown into the Nozyk Synagogue in Warsaw.


“What happened should never happen and must be condemned in clear and strong terms. Yet this does not represent the true face of Gdansk, the birthplace of Solidarity and freedom,” Schudrich told The Associated Press.


 (Photo: Jewish Community of Gdańsk)
(Photo: Jewish Community of Gdańsk)


He said that people were gathering for prayers when the rock was thrown and that a few people were nearby, but that nobody was hurt.


The World Jewish Congress said it was "shocked and dismayed."


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(Photo: Youtube)


It said that the throwing of the rock, which entered the women's gallery, evoked "the terrible tragedies that occurred in German-occupied Poland during the years of the Holocaust."


"In recent years, Jews in Poland have been able to worship with a sense of security, and we hope that this attack does not herald negative change in that positive environment," president Ronald Lauder said.


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