After spray-painting walls with anti-Semitic slogans and desecrating Torah scrolls, they made off with computer hard drives containing personal data on congregation members. Such a thing had never happened before in Venezuela.
President Hugo Chavez, a demagogue whose troubles mount as oil prices fall, blamed the break-in on political opponents. Pro-Chavez media, prone to anti-Semitic diatribes, blamed it on Israeli intelligence.
Trudy Rubin, in her rush to sell the "Poor Jews are always the victims", seems to have missed that the perpetrators pf the Synagogue attack have been arrested and they included four police officers, one of who moonlighted as a bodyguard for the Rabbi, as well as one of the security guards for the synagogue itself.
Meaning that his was yet another in a long string of "pity me" hate-crime hoaxes.