2019-04-22 19:32:00

Russian Jewish Congress to rebuild yeshiva in wake of arson during Passover

Moscow, April 22, Interfax - The Russian Jewish Congress will provide aid to the Moscow Region's Torat Chaim yeshiva, at which unidentified attackers have set an arson fire before the start of the Passover festivities last Friday.

"Monetary funds will be allocated to rebuild the building damaged in the fire," the press service of the Russian Jewish Congress told Interfax on Monday.

Meanwhile, the congress will be closely following the investigation into this incident. "This goes without doubt that the crime was committed out of interethnic strife: swastikas were drawn on several buildings and Nazi inscriptions, including figures 88 [the concealed Nazi greeting] were written there," the interlocutor of the news agency said.

A storage area with kosher meat was completely burnt on the premises of the yeshiva, which is situated in the Ramensky District, the Moscow Region, and where the arson fire was set.

"The damages could have been much higher, if a criminal had not been scared away by cars driving inside," the Russian Jewish Congress said. The fire has been rapidly contained by yeshiva employees and firemen, who arrived at the fire site and owing to their efforts neighboring buildings had been saved from the fire. The incident was reported to the police, and a criminal case is about to be opened.

A student of the Torat Chaim yeshiva was beaten three years ago, the Russian Jewish Congress said. However, the yeshiva authorities are still sure that the argument has been human-to-human, rather than interethnic. There was neither an argument, nor tensions amidst students and yeshiva teachers and residents of the village of Khripan, where this school is situated, according to yeshiva employees and its security guards.