After the attack on the synagogue in Halle on the highest Jewish holiday Yom Kippur, the Central Council of Jews criticizes the lack of protection by the police. Israel's message is more restrained, but it is clear: the German Jews are deeply scared.
The Central Council of Jews has sharply criticized the lack of police protection in front of the synagogue in Halle. That the synagogue "on a holiday like Yom Kippur was not protected by the police is scandalous," said Central Council President Josef Schuster. "This negligence has now avenged itself bitterly, miraculously no more mischief has been done."
The perpetrator had tried to invade the synagogue, and the neighboring Jewish cemetery had also been attacked. "The brutality of the attack exceeds anything that has happened in recent years and is a shock to all Jews in Germany," said Schuster. The act on Yom Kippur's highest Jewish holiday "deeply alarmed and frightened our communities," he added.
Israeli Embassy thanks German security forces
The Israeli embassy in Berlin described the Armed attacks in Halle as "brutal terrorist attacks". "We are shocked and shocked by the brutal terrorist attacks in Halle this afternoon, while Jewish prayers gathered in synagogues all over Germany to commemorate Yom Kippur, the holiest day in Judaism," the message said on Facebook. "Together, we must reject any form of extremism and act united against such senseless terror."
The embassy expressly thanked the German security forces. It is now trusted that all measures would be taken to seize the perpetrators and immediately bring them to justice. In Halle on the Saale in Saxony-Anhalt, two people were killed by gunfire and several were injured. One victim was found near the synagogue, a second near a doner kebab. Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer spoke of an "anti-Semitic attack". In the meantime, the authorities are expecting a single perpetrator.
Merkel expresses her condolences to victims
Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed her "deepest condolences" to the relatives of the victims of Halle. The Chancellor has been informed by Federal Interior Minister Seehofer and Saxony-Anhalt Minister President Reiner Haseloff "about the situation after the attack in Halle," said government spokesman Steffen Seibert on Twitter. "Our solidarity goes out to all Jews on the holiday Yom Kippur, our thanks to the security forces who are still in action," wrote Seibert.
Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas wrote in a statement: "When will that end? is this happening in our country? our country! " Two innocent people were brutally murdered. "Anti-Semitism and xenophobia must not have a place in our society," says Maas. It was "shameful to have to say this phrase so often in Germany."