Synagogue firebombed in Germany as war in Israel spreads terrorism fears

 October 19, 2023

A synagogue in Germany was firebombed Wednesday in an apparent anti-Semitic attack inspired by Israel's war with Hamas.

Germany's chancellor Olaf Scholz condemned the incident and said Germany would not tolerate hatred toward the Jewish people.

“We will never accept when attacks are carried out against Jewish institutions," he said.

Two masked men approached the Berlin synagogue before dawn and threw firebombs before running away.

Synagogue attacked in Germany

The attack came days after the deadliest assault on Jews since the Holocaust. The Hamas invasion of Israel killed over 1,400 Israelis and many are still held captive in Gaza.

The conflict in Israel has fueled fears of terrorism and unrest in Western nations, with tensions rising between Jewish and Arab communities.

Hours after the synagogue attack, police detained a 30-year-old man who approached the synagogue on a scooter. The man shouted anti-Israel slogans as he resisted arrest.

“It outrages me personally what some of them are shouting and doing, and I am convinced that Germany’s citizens are of the same opinion as me,” Scholz said. “We stand united for the protection of Jews," he added.

Terrorism surge

Germany’s leading Jewish group, the Central Council of Jews, said the attack shows that Hamas' terror is spreading.

“We are all shocked by this terrorist attack,” the group said. “Above all, the families from the neighborhood around the synagogue are shocked and unsettled. Words become deeds. Hamas’ ideology of extermination against everything Jewish is also having an effect in Germany.”

Hamas sympathy has also been apparent in the United States, where progressives have celebrated the terror group for fighting Israel's "occupation" of the Palestinian territories.

France, which has been heavily impacted by Islamic terrorism in recent years, has banned pro-Palestine protests as the country mourns a teacher who was stabbed to death by a man pledging allegiance to the Islamic State.

Days later, two Swedish nationals were murdered by a jihadist in neighboring Belgium.

Dozens of cops in Berlin were injured in pro-Palestine protests Wednesday night where demonstrators shouted anti-Semitic slogans.

Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger has been in the news after he observed that Germany made a "mistake" by letting in massive numbers of immigrants from different cultures.

“It was a grave mistake to let in so many people of totally different culture and religion and concepts, because it creates a pressure group inside each country that does that," Kissinger said.

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