Police have been called to the largest synagogue in the Venezuelan capital Caracas after an anti-Israel protest broke out in reaction to Israel’s military operation in the Gaza Strip.
Jewish community leaders say demonstrators shouted anti-Semitic slogans and threw fireworks at the Tiferet Israel synagogue during the rally, which some witnesses say brought more 100 protesters.
The same synagogue has in the past been the target of vandals. In 2009, an armed group broke in and painted anti-Israel graffiti throughout the building while desecrating scrolls and other religious objects.
The latest incident highlights the country’s recent struggle with anti-Semitism and comes just months after state media was criticised by groups such as the Anti-Defamation League and the Simon Wiesenthal Center for trying to use opposition candidate Henrique Capriles’s links to Judaism as a way to discredit him ahead of the country’s October presidential election.