Anti-Israel group's Monsey synagogue burns down

Investigators ruled out arson Monday as the cause of a fire that gutted a Monsey synagogue. The synagogue belonged to Neturei Karta, a group that denounces the state of Israel. Firefighters said flames

News 12 Staff

May 28, 2014, 8:59 PM

Updated 3,644 days ago

Share:

Anti-Israel group's Monsey synagogue burns down
Investigators ruled out arson Monday as the cause of a fire that gutted a Monsey synagogue.
The synagogue belonged to Neturei Karta, a group that denounces the state of Israel. Firefighters said flames quickly engulfed the structure Sunday and took them about five hours to extinguish. The century-old building was destroyed, but the Torah was saved. While investigators initially called the fire suspicious, they now say they did not find any accelerants. The cause remains under investigation.
A senior rabbi and his family who lived on the top floor of the three-story structure were not at home.
Neturei Karta leaders believe the fire was intentionally set on the eve of Passover because of their anti-Israel views. Members attended an Iran conference questioning the existence of the Holocaust. They also feel the Jewish state should not exist until the Messiah leads Jews to the promised land.
Some community members say the group got what it deserved, while others sympathize with the loss of the synagogue.
For footage of and interviews about the synagogue fire, go to channel 612 on your digital iO Extra box and select iO Extra.


More from News 12
1:37
Police: 1 person dead in multivehicle crash on Sprain Brook Parkway

Police: 1 person dead in multivehicle crash on Sprain Brook Parkway

2:12
Warm temperatures with a mix of sun and clouds in the Hudson Valley

Warm temperatures with a mix of sun and clouds in the Hudson Valley

0:13
Dominican University in Orangeburg holds 70th annual commencement ceremony

Dominican University in Orangeburg holds 70th annual commencement ceremony

0:22
Police: Westchester patrol car struck by vehicle in Valhalla

Police: Westchester patrol car struck by vehicle in Valhalla

2:16
Israel music festival terror attack survivors share with New City congregation their Oct. 7 experience

Israel music festival terror attack survivors share with New City congregation their Oct. 7 experience

0:48
DEC says it's monitoring oil slick found at Village of Piermont creek

DEC says it's monitoring oil slick found at Village of Piermont creek

0:28
Yonkers police: 32-year-old man stabbed on Stanley Avenue

Yonkers police: 32-year-old man stabbed on Stanley Avenue

2:04
Rep. Mike Lawler launches bid for reelection in Haverstraw

Rep. Mike Lawler launches bid for reelection in Haverstraw

0:23
American flags torn down outside car dealership in Greenburgh

American flags torn down outside car dealership in Greenburgh

1:35
Gran Fondo World Championship brings cyclists through Rockland

Gran Fondo World Championship brings cyclists through Rockland

0:59
Period Project' - led by Yorktown student - helps raise $6,000+ for women in need

Period Project' - led by Yorktown student - helps raise $6,000+ for women in need

0:27
Officials warn against using gasoline to ignite indoor fires following incident at Croton-on-Hudson residence

Officials warn against using gasoline to ignite indoor fires following incident at Croton-on-Hudson residence

0:32
Hudson Valley veterans honored with flight to visit Washington DC

Hudson Valley veterans honored with flight to visit Washington DC

2:23
Candlelight vigil held in Mohegan Lake for missing Westchester teenage girls

Candlelight vigil held in Mohegan Lake for missing Westchester teenage girls

0:24
Police: 1 dead following multi-vehicle crash on Sprain Brook Parkway near Elmsford

Police: 1 dead following multi-vehicle crash on Sprain Brook Parkway near Elmsford

1:45
 Missed swim lessons due to COVID-19 may be contributing to rise in child drownings

Missed swim lessons due to COVID-19 may be contributing to rise in child drownings

1:39
New Rochelle's Haitian community commemorates Haitian Flag Day

New Rochelle's Haitian community commemorates Haitian Flag Day

1:21
Ardsley hosts inaugural Asian American Pacific Islander Festival

Ardsley hosts inaugural Asian American Pacific Islander Festival

0:17
Authorities: George Washington Bridge climber in custody

Authorities: George Washington Bridge climber in custody

0:49
Dozens protest proposed lithium-ion battery storage facility in Mahopac

Dozens protest proposed lithium-ion battery storage facility in Mahopac