Police are investigating a burglary at Kiryat Yovel Synagogue in Jerusalem where Sefer Torah’s were damaged earlier this week.
Interior Minister Aryeh Deri of Shas visited the site on Tuesday morning.
President Reuven Rivlin denounced the break-in and noted his hope that the culprits would be apprehended.
“Difficult and painful images this morning from the Kiryat Yovel synagogue,” Rivlin noted on Twitter. “I am certain that the Israel Police will soon catch the (criminals) and bring them to justice.”
Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion also condemned the vandalism at the building where no security cameras are in operation.
“This is a serious incident that brings to mind dark periods for the Jewish people,” Lion said.
“We cannot let such crimes happen today. I am certain that the Israel Police will quickly get their hands on the criminals.”
“The heart recoils in horror at the disgraceful sight of Torah scrolls unfurling at the hands of villains inside the synagogue,” added Israeli Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef.
“Every Jew who holds honouring the Torah dear to his heart will spend a day in silent Torah study to honour the Torah that has been desecrated.”