for Solving Synagogue Fires
By Steve Lawrence Associated Press
Calif. (AP) --
Calling arson fires at
three Jewish synagogues "an act of
violence against every American," Gov.
Gray Davis offered a $25,000 reward
for information that solves the crimes.
and Urban Development [HUD]
Secretary Andrew Cuomo also
promised to help the three Sacramento
area congregations obtain low-interest
loans to rebuild their damaged
"Whenever any human being is
under attack or any faith is
under attack, all of us are under
attack," Davis said Tuesday after
he and Cuomo inspected damage at
one of the synagogues. "All of us
have an obligation to stand up
for everyone else."
ARE proud to add $1,000 to the
reward offer for information
leading to the arrest and
conviction of the perpetrators,
if they turn out to be Rightwing
HUD also will make available experts
and an unspecified amount of money to help
Sacramento start programs designed to
build understanding between different
faiths and ethnic groups, Cuomo said.
"There is zero tolerance for this kind
of disgrace," he said.
Fires were set within minutes of each
other early Friday at the 150-year-old
B'nai Israel in Sacramento and two
suburban temples, the Congregation Beth
Shalom and the Kenesset Israel Torah
The arson caused about $1 million in
damage, including destruction of B'nai
Israel's 5,000-volume library. There were
piles of partially burned books in the
synagogue's parking lot as Davis and Cuomo
spoke to reporters.
Anti-Jewish fliers were found at two of
Federal officials refused to discuss
specifics of their investigation or
John Malone, head of the U.S.
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms'
office in San Francisco, said
"high-quality evidence" recovered from the
synagogues will be analyzed at the ATF lab
in Walnut Creek.Copyright
1999 The Associated Press