- A potential disaster was aborted when Synagogue security spotted the assailant and refused to open the door
- German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government voiced outrage over the attack on Yom Kippur and urged tougher action against anti-Semitic violence.
- Before beginning the shooting the assailant, a 27-year old man with a bald head published an anti-Semitic manifesto online.
On Wednesday throughout the world the Jewish people celebrated the High Holy Day of Yom Kippur, that comes 10 days after the New Year Holiday of Rosh Hashanna. In the city of Halle, Germany 80 congregants were praying in a synagogue when an assailant dressed in military garb tried to shoot his way into the synagogue which was locked with a security bell as is the custom in Europe.
He obviously came to the synagogue in the middle of prayers when the synagogue was already full. His plan to enter the synagogue and kill all the congregants was aborted through his bad timing of when to make the attack. If he had come earlier at the time when the Jewish congregants were beginning their service and the door was continually being opened from the inside for Jews coming to attend services, it would have been easy for him to force his entry into the synagogue when the door was being opened regularly.
Instead he came at a later time when there was no action at the door and he was seen on the camera from within as a German anti-Semite extremist terrorist. The worshippers barricaded themselves from within and the assault was postponed.
The assailant after failing to enter the synagogue shot a woman nearby then went to a Kebab shop in the area known to be used by Jews and shot and killed another person. He also threw a grenade at the shop. Before beginning the shooting the assailant, a 27-year old man with a bald head published an anti-Semitic manifesto online. He said, “I think The Holocaust never happened. The root of all problems is the Jew.”
In the video of the attack, the man drove to the synagogue, found the gates shut, swore, and after failing to enter the synagogue fired several rounds at the woman passerby. It was a close call for this synagogue and for Jews all over the world praying for peace and forgiveness on their High Holy Day.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government voiced outrage over the attack on Yom Kippur and urged tougher action against anti-Semitic violence. They made a statement “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 anti-Semitism in our country.”
Anti-Semitism is a particular sensitive issue in Germany after The Holocaust. Today there are approximately 200,000 Jews living in Germany. Chancellor Merkel in recent speeches attacked the right wing elements in Germany mostly located in the East which have organized and gained political strength. She was referring to the AfD which entered the Parliament two years ago in elections showing discontent about the decision of Merkel to open the doors of their nation to almost a million immigrants and minorities. The AfD has added fuel to anti-Semitism. The assailant in his video besides the issue of anti-Semitism attacked vocally this mass immigration.