The highest representatives of the German state go Thursday to the synagogue in Halle the day after an anti-Semitic attack that killed two people. The person suspected of being the perpetrator of the shooting was arrested.
The highest representatives of the German state go Thursday to the synagogue of Halle in the aftermath of an anti-Semitic attack and while critics burst into the Jewish community, which demands a better protection and an increased mobilization against the extreme right in booming.
The President of the Republic, Frank Walter Steinmeier, will be there in the late morning. He must meet with representatives of the Jewish community, which has some 225,000 people in Germany.
Minister of the Interior Horst Seehofer is to meet him a little later with a representative of the World Jewish Congress, Maram Stern, and the president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Josef Schuster.
The latter, a figure heard in Germany, strongly questioned the police a few hours after the attack that killed two people and upset the country, deeming "scandalous" that the synagogue targeted by the shooter did not make the subject of a police protection Wednesday on this day of Yom Kippur, the great Jewish religious holiday.
"Building a united front"
"We must build a united front against neo-Nazis and other extremist groups. The fact that they are gaining influence in Germany 75 years after the Holocaust is very telling, "said World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder.
On Wednesday, a 27-year-old German, portrayed as Stephan Balliet by the media, burst heavily armed outside the gates of the synagogue in Halle, 170 km southwest of Berlin.
Dressed in a military jacket, wearing a helmet surmounted by a camera filming the assault, he intended to commit carnage in the building where were gathered about 80 faithful.
He was prevented from doing so only by double-locked doors for safety, which resisted his shotgun fire. "God wanted us today to live," one of the faithful, Rebecca Blady, testified on social media.
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The assailant then obviously killed a passerby and then a customer of a nearby Turkish restaurant before confronting the police, who will eventually wound him and then arrest him during a chase.
The authorities must give details about his profile and possible antecedents by 3 pm According to the daily Bild , the young man lived alone with his mother about 40 kilometers from Halle. He had interrupted studies and spent long hours in front of the computer.
The man with the shaved head acted alone, apparently improvised enough. And especially inspired by the staging of the Australian right-wing extremist responsible in March for the attack on mosques in New Zealand that had left 51 dead. His film was broadcast live for 35 minutes on the Twitch platform, then widely shared.
He also published before the attack an anti-Semitic "manifesto" in which he announced his goal of "killing as many anti-Whites as possible, preferably Jews," according to the terrorism observatory SITE and the daily newspaper Welt.
Jewish community calls for better protection
The Jewish community, which has been booming since the arrival of many Jews from the former USSR in the early 1990s, calls for better protection against the backdrop of a continuing rise in anti-Semitic acts in the country. have increased almost 20% from 2017, to 1,799, according to police statistics. Germany has the third largest community in Europe, behind France and Britain, according to researcher Niele Wissmann.
The neo-Nazi movement is at the origin of a good part of them, against the backdrop of the continued rise of the far-right political in Germany, which wants to end the culture of national repentance for the horrors of the Third Reich .
The attack came after the June killing of a pro-migrant politician of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative party (CDU). The main suspect is a member of the neo-Nazi movement. This case recalled the xenophobic killing of a neo-Nazi group, NSU, responsible for the murder of a dozen immigrants in Germany from 2000.
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