World Reacts to German Attack: Like Darkest Periods of Jewish History
Updated: Oct 14, 2019
Jpost.com, Ilanit Chernick, Herb Keinon, Benjamin Weinthal, October 10, 2019
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on the authorities in Germany to “continue working with determination against antisemitism” in the country.
A gunman killed two people outside a synagogue and a nearby kebab restaurant on Yom Kippur in an attack in Halle in the German state of Saxony-Anhalt that he livestreamed on a video-gaming platform.
Before the attacker began shooting on Wednesday, he broadcast an antisemitic manifesto online.
One woman was killed outside the synagogue and one man in the kebab shop. Police said they had detained one person. The names of the victims and the suspect have not been released at press time.
The video circulating online showed a 27-year old German with a shaven head reciting a short statement in broken English to a camera while sitting in a parked car.
“I think the Holocaust never happened,” he began, before adding “Feminism is the cause of decline in birth rates in the West,” mentioning mass immigration and concluding: “The root of all these problems is the Jew.”
A spokeswoman for Amazon’s video streaming subsidiary Twitch said footage of the shooting attack was livestreamed on the service.
“We worked with urgency to remove this content and will permanently suspend any accounts found to be posting or reposting content of this abhorrent act,” she said.
In the video, the man drove to the synagogue, found the gates shut, swore, and after failing to force the gates open, shot several rounds at a woman passerby.
Max Privorozki, Halle’s Jewish community chairman, described how the gunman tried to shoot his way into the synagogue.
“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,” he told the Stuttgarter Zeitung newspaper. “The man looked like he was from the special forces... But our doors held.”
“We barricaded the doors from inside and waited for the police,” he said, adding that about 70 or 80 people were inside the synagogue observing Yom Kippur.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government voiced outrage over the attack on Yom Kippur and urged tougher action against antisemitic violence.
“That on the Day of Atonement a synagogue was shot at hits us in the heart,” Foreign Minister Heiko Maas wrote on Twitter. “We must all act against antisemitism in our country.”
Rifat Tekin, who worked at the kebab restaurant, said he was making a sandwich for two construction workers when a perpetrator threw an explosive at the restaurant before shooting.