The synagogue in Wuppertal has become the target of an arson attack. Three men threw several Molotov cocktails at the entrance of the building on Gemarker Straße on Tuesday night, the police reported. The attackers then fled.
The police said that a resident discovered burning parts on the street and raised the alarm.
Two of the men have escaped. An 18-year-old suspect was arrested nearby, the police said.
There are no details of the alleged perpetrators so far. No one was injured. The synagogue is still checking for damage.
According to the public prosecutor’s Office, during the interrogation of the young man, he said that he had nothing to do with the incident. The nationality of the suspects is unclear.
“He himself says he is a Palestinian,” said a spokesman of public prosecutor’s Office.
The 18-year-old possesses something called a “aufenthaltsrechtlichen Duldung,” [a legal term that does not translate very well] that permits his nationality to be indicated as “unknown.”
Plot against the old synagogue in Essen
The old synagogue in Essen – today a municipal cultural institute – was the object of another planned attack, according to the police. Two weeks ago, prior to a demonstration against the Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip, 14 people were taken into custody in Essen.
The police suspect that they wanted to take advantage of the rally for an action against the old synagogue. A few days later the police arrested four men who had threatened on Facebook to take action against the building. The seriousness of the threat is still unclear.
Repeated anti-Semitic slogans
In recent weeks at Gaza protests more and more anti-Semitic slogans are heard. Federal President Joachim Gauck has sharply condemned this and demanded more civil courage of Germans.
There is also increasing aggression towards Jews. “We are seeing a huge spike of anti-Semitic writing,” said the linguist Monika Schwarz-Friesel at the Technical University of Berlin.
Increased attacks on mosques
An inquiry by the Linksfraktion (Left Party) in the Bundestag revealed that the number of attacks on mosques in Germany has increased. As the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung reported, citing figures from the federal government, 22 attacks per year occurred in 2001-2011 on average. In 2012 and 2013 there were 35 and 36 respectively.
The Chairman of the Central Council of Muslims, Aiman Mazyek, sees this as a sign of rising anti-Muslim sentiment. In the newspaper report he said that “the establishment of an independent and specialist department in the administration of the country in order to capture and observe anti-Muslim racist offences could [be considered].”
The political spokesperson of the Linksfraktion in the Bundestag, Ulla Jelpe, spoke out in favour of detecting Islamophobic crimes statistically, and as precisely “as is already the case with crimes of Nazis.”
She warned: “There is a dangerous mix of racism and social Darwinism on the rise, and it increasingly manifests itself in violence against Muslims.”
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Rather slapdash translation, but I believe everything except the mysterious legal term is accurate, even if the English could be better written.
You can read a short report in English at Pam Gellar’s site here. It does not have anything about the possible attack planned for Essen nor the whining by Muslims and leftists.
The demand of the German President (a ceremonial position) for Germans to be more courageous is rather amusing. It would appear the problem is largely coming from people who are not of German descent (but leftists of every nationality are crazy).