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Historic French synagogue of Maizières-lès-Vic that was burned down in the first week of August 2015. For decades it had not been in use by Jews, and in recent years was, in fact, being used by a French poultry farmer.

A quaint little stucco synagogue in the small French town of Maizières-lès-Vic burned to the ground last week. Jews have lived in the remote area for nearly a thousand years.

It is not clear the flames started, since there were no electrical wires in the building, which had not been used as a synagogue in decades.

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In fact, the building was being used by a local poultry farmer, according to the French news website republicain-lorrain.fr .

The structure was utterly consumed by the flames, said police, who have launched an investigation into the fire.

Arson is not being ruled out. “The synagogue had no electrical feed and it didn’t burn itself down,” Mayor Alain Guise was quoted as saying.

The central French union of Jewish students, UEJF, also published a statement condemning the anonymous arsonist, if he or she exists.

“UEJF deplores the destruction of a synagogue that, even though it no longer welcomes worshipers, was a symbol of Jewish presence of almost a thousand years,” the group said.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.

21 COMMENTS

  1. He is a Muslim who hates this country! Why Congress has let him get away with his unconstitutional edicts, I don’t know. We stand with Israel, God’s chosen people! Our country is under condemnation because of this President and his anti-Israeli stance.

  2. Oh dear. No, I didn’t. However, don’t be too quick to jump to conclusions. It was being used by a poultry farmer, the article says. What exactly was in it? Green hay is not the only agricultural substance that spontaneously ignites…

  3. Algerians won the war with France – took their country back under their control – proceeded to destroy their prosperous and beautiful country – then the Algerians moved en masse to France and will now beggar France. Good deal if you can get it.

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