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Thursday, November 14, 2013 

Breslov Haredis reportedly hijack and steal a synagogue from Holocaust survivors in Safed

This story in Hebrew seems accurate enough, and there's at least two things done by the conquestors that's downright offensive:
For forty years he was a synagogue "in the name of all Jews from Romania" south of the city as a place of prayer for Holocaust survivors immigrants from Romania. Recently the building was taken over by a group of the Breslov Hasidic Moharan. "They came in polite ways and at first claimed that they only want to pray with us, then started to take over the place without the approval of the cantor and give lessons." said Israel, a city resident who's helping in the fight of the Romanians to regain the synagogue stolen from them. "They changed the wording of the prayer and then suddenly came and demanded to have the place," said Israel.

Worshipers claim that this morning (Sunday) Hasidic synagogue broke and tore the marble tombstones with the names of Holocaust victims and the candles and male survivors. "The sad thing is the multi-city mayor Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu is backing them and supporting them," Israel  said today in, "Safed's rabbinical court decided that they can pray but the one appointing the cantors is Rabbi Shmuel Hasida who ran the Synagogue for forty years."

He said just last Saturday disciples stabbed the Cantor who went up to pray. Today in fact, the Breslov Chassidim takeover was completed on the building they tore the sign of the synagogue and set in place a sign with the words "Hasidic synagogue Moharan." Arrived last morning, worshipers as they leave the synagogue weeping.

Menachem Weinberg, whose parents died in the Holocaust were commemorated in the synagogue found their memory board when shattered: "That's what our children deserve?!? Give me back the place," he cried in a voice choked with tears. "They killed me mentally."

In the synagogue were three surviving worshipers, luxurious full knowledge remains of better days. Synagogue worshipers pray keep a number of Netzer place. The ownership has now passed onto the hasidim. "This is done with the backing of the municipality that prefers not to confront Bratslavers. We demand the synagogue back. They may not dominate us about this place," says Israel.

The Safed municipality said in response that the issue was a religious one discussed in rabbinical courts and therefore not taking sides in the conflict. "We regret that the worshipers did not find the golden path and how to respect each other."
That's pathetic, and a moral equivalence without even confirming whether they recognize rights to property. And if there really was a stabbing that took place there, that warrants police involvement.

If the plaques and marbles listing names of Holocaust survivors were torn down, that's also abominable, and the city's representatives should be ashamed of themselves for their cowardice. It's offensive to the memory of the victims. I hope the Romanians will sue in court to get their property back. This is a case of stolen property if there ever was one in Safed.

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