Wednesday, October 9, 2019
Chancellor Merkel participates in a solidarity event with Gesa Ederberg (l.), Rabbi of the New Synagogue Berlin, and cantor Avitall Gerstetter.
(Photo: picture alliance / dpa)
While Merkel and Steinmeier express their solidarity with the German Jews, warning words come from Israel: Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu certifies Europe a growing anti-Semitism. His rival Gantz says the attack on the synagogue in Halle must be a wake-up call.
Chancellor Angela Merkel took part in a solidarity event at the synagogue on Oranienburger Strasse in Berlin after the Halle attack. Berlin Interior Senator Andreas Geisel also attended the event. Government spokesman Steffen Seibert called Merkel's visit to Twitter a "sign of solidarity". He added, "We must oppose any form of anti-Semitism." For this purpose, Seibert put the Twitter keyword #Wirstehenzogether. 150 Berliners hold a vigil in front of the synagogue on Oranienburger Strasse. (Photo: imago images / lausitznews.de) Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier spoke after the attack in Halle of shocking news and called for solidarity with the Jewish fellow citizens. At a ceremony celebrating the 30th anniversary of the peaceful revolution in Leipzig, Steinmeier said that such an attack on a fully occupied Jewish synagogue seemed unimaginable in Germany. Despite the tens of thousands celebrating the Day of Unity, "happiness may not come right" in the face of two dead, the head of state said. People were murdered. "A day of joy has become a day of suffering." He now thinks of the relatives. Previously, the Central Council of Jews had criticized unusually clear the lack of police protection for the synagogue in Halle. At many synagogues in Germany security measures were tightened after the attack. A heavily armed suspected right-wing extremist had tried on the highest Jewish holiday Yom Kippur, in a synagogue in Halle / Saale to cause a bloodbath among about 80 faithful. The 27-year-old German wanted to storm the synagogue at gunpoint at noon, according to security sources, but failed. Thereafter, the man in front of the synagogue and in a nearby kebab snack shot two people and injured at least two others. He fled the scene and was arrested in the afternoon. Netanyahu sees growing anti-Semitism in Europe Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned the attack. "The terrorist attack on the community in Halle to Yom Kippur is a new expression of growing anti-Semitism in Europe," he wrote on Twitter. He called on the German authorities to "continue to act decisively" against it. Netanyahu's political rival, the chairman of the Blue-and-White list, Benny Gantz, called for an intensified fight against anti-Semitism. "The terrible image of Jews barricading themselves on Yom Kippur in their synagogue on German soil must be a wake-up call," Gantz told the newspapers in the Funke Mediengruppe. "Anti-Semitism must be fought with all its might – that includes the spread of hate messages on the Internet."