A bomb exploded at the offices of the Soviet airline Aeroflot in Manhattan, New York, early yesterday (Wednesday 25 November).
A bomb exploded at the offices of the Soviet airline Aeroflot in Manhattan, New York, early yesterday (Wednesday 25 November). It blew out windows and damaged doors at the front of the building. Later anonymous telephone calls to news agencies said the blast was in retaliation for Soviet oppression of Jews.
No-one wan injured in the explosion but police cordoned off the area, just East of Park venue. Glass and debris were scattered over the street.
The telephone calls to the agencies ended with the words "Never Again". This is the name of a sculpture at the site of the Nazis' Second World War concentration camp at Dachau in Germany. The sculpture was erected by Jews after the war in memory of six million of their faith who were killed by the Third Reich.
Today "Never Again" is the rallying cry of the militant Jewish Defence League of New York. Members of the league demonstrated on Monday outside the Soviet Mission to the United Nations. Yesterday's telephone callers said: "As long as Jews are on trial, the Soviet Union will be on trial".
The Soviet Embassy in the United States has protested about the explosion and in the United Nations General Assembly the Soviet delegate blamed the blast on Zionist "bandits".