Synagogue in Berlin Targeted in Firebomb Attack

Synagogue in Berlin Targeted in Firebomb Attack

A synagogue in Berlin, Germany, was the target of a firebomb attack on Wednesday. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz strongly condemned the assault, stating that such attacks on Jewish institutions would not be accepted. The incident occurred in the early hours of the morning when assailants threw two Molotov cocktails at the Kahal Adass Jisroel community synagogue in the city’s Mitte neighborhood. The firebombs burst on the sidewalk near the building. The perpetrators, who had their faces covered, fled the scene.

Police have launched an investigation into the incident, treating it as an attempted serious arson. In a separate incident, a 30-year-old man approached the synagogue on a scooter a few hours later. He discarded the scooter and attempted to run towards the building but was apprehended by police. The man resisted arrest and shouted anti-Israeli slogans.

The Central Council of Jews, Germany’s leading Jewish group, expressed shock and concern over the attack, stating that the incident had unsettled the families living near the synagogue. The community complex houses a synagogue, a kindergarten, a yeshiva school, and a community center.

Following the recent violent escalation in the Middle East and the subsequent rise in antisemitic incidents in Germany, security for Jewish institutions has been increased. German citizens, including Chancellor Scholz, have expressed solidarity and emphasized the importance of protecting Jewish communities.

The attack on the synagogue in Berlin has raised concerns about the safety of Jewish individuals and institutions in Germany. Rabbi Shlomo Afanasev, a member of the Kahal Adass Jisroel community, expressed shock and stated that he would now wear a baseball hat to cover his skullcap due to safety concerns.

Germany, with its history of the Holocaust, remains particularly sensitive to attacks on Jews and Jewish houses of worship. The Nazis’ Kristallnacht pogroms in 1938, which targeted Jews throughout Germany and Austria, preceded the Holocaust.

In response to the recent attack, Chancellor Scholz pledged to further increase the protection of Jewish institutions and condemned violent and antisemitic protests. Police are also investigating riots that occurred overnight between Muslim immigrants and law enforcement officers in Berlin’s Neukoelln and Kreuzberg neighborhoods, as well as at the Brandenburg Gate, where several officers were injured.


Author: CrimeDoor

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