Molotov cocktail thrown at synagogue in Belgian city of Antwerp (HA´ARETZ NEWS) By Reuters BRUSSELS 11/30/02 14:45)
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BRUSSELS - Unknown assailants hurled a Molotov cocktail on Saturday
at a synagogue in the Belgian port city of Antwerp, which was rocked
by immigrant riots earlier this week, but no one was injured, Belgian
They said the incident occurred in the early hours on Saturday in the
centre of Antwerp but caused little damage and firefighters quickly
brought the blaze under control.
Police and fire services were not immediately available to confirm
Tensions have been running high in the city since a 27-year-old
Moroccan immigrant was shot dead on Tuesday, triggering two days of
rioting by members of the city´s Arab community. A 66-year-old
Belgian man has been charged with his murder.
On Friday, Belgian authorities charged an Arab activist leader with
conspiracy to cause disorder, criminal damage and wounding a police
officer in the riots.
About 30,000 people of Arab origin live in Antwerp, a city of 450,000
where the far-right opposition Vlaams Blok party took 33 percent of
the vote in the last local elections.
Antwerp is also home to a long-established orthodox Jewish community
of about 20,000, many of them active in the international diamond
trade, for which the city is a major hub.
(© Copyright 2002 Ha´aretz 11/30/02)
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