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Israelis Decry Yom Kippur Synagogue Attack in Germany

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10 Oct 2019 (All day)
Israelis Decry Yom Kippur Synagogue Attack in Germany
Israelis reacted with sadness and anger Wednesday evening as Yom Kippur ended and they checked the news to see reports of an attack on a synagogue in Halle, in the German state of Saxony-Anhalt. The attacker, who killed two bystanders but failed to penetrate the synagogue, live-streamed his actions on an online video game platform after broadcasting a short statement in which he blamed Jews for many of the social, economic and political problems facing Germany. “We saw via the camera system at our synagogue that a heavily armed perpetrator with a steel helmet and a gun tried to shoot open our doors,” Max Privorozki, Halle’s Jewish community chairman told the Stuttgarter Zeitung newspaper. “But our doors held. We barricaded the doors from inside and waited for the police.”

He added that at the time of the attack there were around 80 people inside the synagogue observing Yom Kippur.

“That on the Day of Atonement a synagogue was shot at hits us in the heart,” German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas wrote on Twitter. “We must all act against antisemitism in our country.”|

“I call on the leaders of Germany and the Free World to bring the full force of law against antisemitism and its results,” Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said. “We will continue to campaign for education and remembrance in the fight on antisemitism, which raises its head again and again in Europe and across the world, based on a the clear understanding that it is not a problem of the Jews alone, but threatens to destroy us all.”

"We stand in solidarity with the Jewish community in Germany and worldwide in the face of this depraved assault on a sacred place on this most sacred of days for our Jewish friends,” said ICEJ President Dr. Jürgen Bühler. “It is past time for European and other world leaders to truly confront the rising tide of antisemitism in our midst. We also offer our sincere condolences to the families of the victims in today’s violent hate crime.”

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