"In mid-May, I was informed by a member of the SHS that the synagogue was destroyed. In disbelief, I went over there and it had been flattened," he said. "It was designated as a heritage site by the agency on April 16, 2009. It should have been protected. There were many artifacts in the building that can't be found anywhere else."
Beth Shalom, Java's only synagogue, was demolished in May after being sealed off by Islamic hard-liners since 2009, Freddy Istanto, the director of the Surabaya Heritage Society (SHS), told the Jakarta Globe on Saturday.