December 30, 2008, - 11:01 am
By Debbie Schlussel
Actually, I’m not wondering who threw a Molotov Cocktail at a Chicago Jewish temple. With a very large Palestinian Muslim population in that city, it’s hardly a mystery who would pick now–in the midst of Israel’s bombardment of Gaza terrorists–to attack a synagogue in America.
I think we know. We don’t have the name of the person, but here’s a name to blame: ISLAM. I mean, I think it’s safe to assume that the explosive hurler was not Samoan or Fijian and neither a Sikh nor a Wiccan.
A Molotov cocktail thrown early today against the wall of one of Chicago’s oldest synagogues caused minimal physical damage but worried local Jewish officials, who said the incident could be a response to the latest fighting in the Middle East.
“I can’t help but think there’s a relationship,” said Roger Rudich, president of Temple Sholom of Chicago, 3480 N. Lake Shore Drive.
No one was hurt in the arson that police are investigating as a hate crime. Bomb and arson detectives were at the scene Monday afternoon and the investigation was ongoing, said Chicago police officer Daniel O’Brien.
O’Brien said the fire “extinguished itself, nothing ever caught fire.” No suspect was in custody as of Monday afternoon, he said.
“The offender drove off and made a derogatory statement” to a witness, and police were working to obtain and review surveillance equipment in the area, said O’Brien.
If you are a Jew in America, don’t fool yourself. Your synagogue, school, or Jewish community center could be next. And you Christians, Hindus, etc., you’re next on the list.