According to Alexander Rusetsky, the director of the Georgia Helsinki Group who went to Baku in February, two Baku synagogues were desecrated in the Fall of 1998. s the chairman of the synagogue of European Jews, Mikhail Bekker, told the Caucasus Bureau on the phone, the synagogue of European Jews was desecrated on October 17th in Baku, one day before the inauguration of President Aliev.
The walls and doors of the synagogue were covered with feces. Rabbi Bekker believes that this was done in retaliation for the Jewish community’s open and active support for President Aliev in the presidential
elections Approximately one month later, a synagogue of the Mountain Jews in Baku was also smeared with feces. This time, the scale of what was done was much larger than in the first case. This attack happened on a Friday night so people who came to the synagogue for Saturday morning prayer found a depressing picture.
This second synagogue desecration is likely a consequence of the fact that on November 16th, during a meeting with President Aliev, the chairman of the
synagogue of the Mountain Jews reported that during anti-Armenian pogroms in Baku, the Jewish community hid Armenians.
The people guilty of this crime were arrested. They were members of a
pro-Iranian group who do not approve of President Aliev’s ties with Israel. Since then, whenever matzo is baked in the matzo bakery attached to the synagogue, a police team stands guard in front of the building.
Additionally, you can still read on the walls of buildings in various parts of the city the inscriptions, “Mossad scum – leave Baku” and “All of the circumcised are soldiers of the army of Israel.” The person who wrote these inscriptions was arrested, and turned out to be a psychiatric patient, but the antisemitic slogans remain on the walls.