Roger L. Simon

Anti-Semitism in Caracas: Are we surprised?

I can’t say that I was when I read this:

About 15 men forced their way into the Mariperez Synagogue in Venezuela’s capital about 10 p.m. Friday, staying until about 3 a.m., police said. They tied up a security guard at the synagogue before vandalizing the rooms.

Graffiti left at the scene included the phrases “Damn the Jews,” “Jews out of here” and “Israel assassins.” The men also left behind a picture of a devil, authorities said.

The men stole computers and administrative papers or documents, officials said. They did not cover their faces, but took the recordings from security cameras with them.

Welcome to 2009 … not a whole helluva lot different from 1009. Or should I say 1144 and be more precise. There are other dates, of course.