Federal police have raided a church in Rio de Janeiro where a pastor previously prayed with his congregation for a Jewish massacre.
Friday's raid saw literature confiscated as part of an operation titled Shalom against Tupirani da Hora Lores, who heads the Pentecostal Generation Jesus Christ Church, as reported by The Jerusalem Post.
Last year film footage emerged showing da Hora Lores preaching and praying saying:
"Massacre the Jews, God, hit them with your sword, for they have left God, they have left the nations. They contrived, went with prostitutes, and when they were told to repent they said they’d do it but they lied. God, what you have done in World War II, you must do again, this is what we ask for in our prayers to you: Justice, justice, justice!"
Raniery Cavalcanti, a lawyer for Sinagoga Sem Fronteiras, a network of Jewish communities in Brazil, filed a complaint for incitement against da Hora Lores. The Jewish Federation of Rio de Janeiro and the CONIB National Jewish umbrella have also taken legal actions against da Hora Lores, as reported by The Jerusalem Post.
“With each complaint and lawsuit, in each state, we aim to publicize the offenses and actions taken against offenders so that people will start thinking twice before taking such actions,” Rabbi Gilberto Ventura, the Sao Paulo-based founder of Sinagoga Sem Fronteiras, told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.