Wupperrtal, Germany – German Police Arrest 18-year-old After Attack On Synagogue

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    Police officers stand in front of the synagogue in Wupperrtal, Germany, 29 July 2014. Three men had attacked the synagogue with several Molotov cocktails in the previous. The police said that they caught an eighteen year old suspect close to the synagogue while the two other suspects escaped.  EPA/OLIVER BERGWupperrtal, Germany – German police arrested an 18-year-old man after petrol bombs were thrown at a synagogue in the western town of Wuppertal overnight, they said in a statement on Wednesday.

    “According to investigations, three suspects threw several incendiary devices at the entrance,” police said. No one was hurt and it appears no damage was done to the synagogue, they said. A local resident had alerted them when she saw a fire close to the building.

    Prosecutor Hans-Joachim Kiskel said the nationality of the arrested suspect was not clear but added that the man had told authorities he was Palestinian. The other two suspects fled.

    The German government last week reassured Jews living in Germany that they should feel safe in the face of anti-Semitic chants and threats heard at some of the protests against Israel’s conflict with Hamas in Gaza, and said such behaviour would not be tolerated.

    German media have expressed shock at the tenor of anti-Israel chants at some of the demonstrations, in a country which is ultra-sensitive about anti-Semitism because of the Holocaust perpetrated by the Nazis.

     Firefighters clear away the remains of incendiary devices in front of the synagogue in Wupperetal, Germany, 29 July 2014. Three men had attacked the synagogue with several Molotov cocktails in the previous. The police said that they caught an eighteen year old suspect close to the synagogue while the two other suspects escaped.  EPA/OLIVER BERG

     A police officer stands in front of the synagogue in Wupperrtal, Germany, 29 July 2014. Three men had attacked the synagogue with several Molotov cocktails in the previous. The police said that they caught an eighteen year old suspect close to the synagogue while the two other suspects escaped.  EPA/OLIVER BERG

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    2 COMMENTS

    1. In November 1938 the synagogues were destroyed and many Jewish inhabitants deported to *Dachau. Most of those who remained at the outbreak of war in 1939 perished in the Holocaust. A “branch” of the *Buchenwald concentration camp operated outside Wuppertal in 1942–43.

    2. Let’s extradit that arab back to his people, in Gaza. There he can express his anger, not in Germany. He will suffer the consequences if he wants to fight in any of both places.

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