A statement following the attack on the Nożyk Synagogue in Warsaw
May 01, 2024

Below please find the statement issued by the Board of the Social and Cultural Association of Jews in Poland concerning the heinous assault at the Nożyk Synagogue in Warsaw.

Warszawa, 1 May 2024

On the night of 30 April – 1 May this year, there was an arson attempt on the Synagogue located at 6 Twarda Street in Warsaw. Representatives of the Jewish Community of Warsaw confirm that surveillance footage shows a Molotov cocktail bottle that caught fire after hitting the front façade of the building. Fortunately, the fire was quenched immediately. The incident is currently being investigated by the police.

A press conference was held this afternoon in front of the Synagogue building. The conference was attended by, among others, the Chief Rabbi of Poland Michael Schudrich, US Ambassador Mark Brzezinski, Israeli Ambassador Yacov Livne, and representatives of local and national authorities. Polish President Andrzej Duda and the head of Polish diplomacy Radosław Sikorski also addressed the issue on social media. All of them have unanimously condemned the attack on the Jewish historical monument.

Likewise, the Board of the Social and Cultural Association of Jews in Poland and all its members strongly condemn any such acts of violence. We are all deeply concerned and disturbed by this occurrence. We believe that, especially in Poland, there should be no permission for any kind of hatred or anti-Semitism. At the same time, we would like to express our sympathy and extend our great support to all members of the Jewish Religious Community in Warsaw. We hope that the perpetrators will quickly be held accountable for their heinous offence.


photo by Adrian Grycuk