Lebanon: Solidere demolishes synagogue

“The last witnesses to Beirut's architectural heritage and to the once-thriving Lebanese Jewish community in Wadi Abu-Jmil fall to the bulldozers of Saad Hariri's Solidere,” writes Hanibaal.

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    Press Release

    Some fabricated and totally unfounded news were published lately in certain media about alleged intentions to demolish the Maghen Abraham Synagogue of Wadi Abou Jamil in Beirut city center.
    Solidere finds it quite strange that such rumors should circulate at this time, in spite of its recent statement in this respect. The company reiterated on that occasion that the Synagogue is to be restored by the members of the Jewish Lebanese community residing in Lebanon – who can confirm the matter – exactly as was the case for other religious buildings of the city center. Those places of worship were renovated by their respective communities, following their own decision as to the timing of the restoration.
    The preservation of the Synagogue falls within the important objective of the Beirut city center reconstruction master plan, to conserve the places of worship of the various religious communities, as well as heritage buildings and archeological sites.
    In reviving Beirut city center, Solidere upholds as one of its main principles a full commitment to keeping the heart of the capital as the symbol of union between, and congregation for, all Lebanese from all religious denominations.

    Nabil Rached
    Press Relations Officer

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