This is what happens when you shut down policing and cater to the worst elements of society.
A fire at Congregation Beth Israel in Northwest Portland late Wednesday night appears to be intentionally set, investigators with both PPB and PF&R said.
The fire to a door of a Jewish education building was reported around 9 p.m., officials said. Investigators went to the scene in the 1900 block of NW Flanders and “determined the fire appeared to be intentionally set.”
The investigation is ongoing, and authorities said they “have no information that this is related to anti-Semitic or any other bias-related activity” at this time.
Are they starting fires at synagogues because they like Jews? The authorities and the local lefty leadership, including that of the temple, bend over backward to argue that it’s just one of those things that happen for no apparent reason.
Cahana’s staff told him the flames came from a mason jar left hanging on a door handle. Investigators took the jar as evidence, Cahana said. A photo taken after the incident shows a black scorch mark emanating from above the right door handle, as well as graffiti.
The door in question is a side-entrance to the main house of worship, Cahana said. The door has an overhang, he said, and people have sometimes camped out in the spot. Cahana’s impression is that the suspects were “just people who happened to be there and lit a fire,” he said, not anti-Semites.
They scrawled graffiti and lit a fire. But it’s just one of those things that happens.
The Portland Police Bureau said in a statement they don’t have evidence that the fire was set as an act of antisemitism, though “it is nevertheless concerning that a fire might have been intentionally set near a place of worship.”
Cahana stressed that the investigation is ongoing, and that he does not actually know the suspects’ intentions.
Considering how far everyone is bending over to deny the obvious, it seems like we already know.