Inside the Surabaya synagogue: the city council was in the process of registering the building as a heritage site when it was demolished.
Reports have been circulating of the demolition of Indonesia's last synagogue in Surabaya since May. Now, the Jerusalem Post has received independent confirmation of it.
Indonesia’s last synagogue has been destroyed, a Dutch news site reported last week.
persons demolished the Beith Shalom synagogue in Surabaya on the island
of Java to its foundations sometime earlier this year, according to a
report on Indoweb.nl.
The synagogue has seen a number of
anti-Israel protests staged in front of it and was sealed by Islamic
hardliners in 2009, according to the Jakarta Globe.
the synagogue’s destruction have appeared in the Indonesian media since
May and were confirmed last week by Indoweb.nl, which quoted the
director of the Surabaya Heritage Society as saying that he intended to
protest the demolition in talks with government officials.
“It is not clear by whom and when exactly the building was demolished,” Freddy Instanto told Indoweb.nl.
City Council of Surabaya was in the process of registering the building
as a heritage site. Istanto said that for that reason, the building
“should have been protected.”
The Dutch news site also quoted
Sachiroel Alim, the head of the Surabaya regional legislative council,
as saying that it was unknown whether Muslim extremists had anything to
do with the demolition.
Situated in in eastern Java, the small
synagogue was built in the 19th century by Dutch Jews when Indonesia was
still a Dutch colony. It had white-painted bricks and a Star of David
painted on the front door.
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