Germany: Arab-looking men vandalise Jewish premises in Münster and Düsseldorf

Israeli flags were set alight in front of two synagogues in North Rhine-Westphalia on Tuesday evening.

The police in Münster reported that several witnesses had called the police in the evening to report that “a group of about 15 people with Arabic appearance” was in front of the synagogue, shouting loudly and burning an Israeli flag. The synagogue itself was not damaged. The suspects are facing criminal charges for violating the right of assembly.

The day before, late on Monday evening, an unknown person had set fire to the memorial for the former large synagogue in Düsseldorf. Passers-by alerted the police. The fire went out by itself. In this case, too, the State Protection Service is investigating, the police announced on Tuesday. The Jewish community in Düsseldorf considered the incident an arson attack. “We are very concerned that there was this attack here with us in the heart of Düsseldorf, in the immediate temporal context of the current escalation of violence in Israel,” said Oded Horowitz, chairman of the Jewish community. Horowitz calls for more protection for Jewish institutions in the face of increasing anti-Semitic incidents: “I therefore urgently appeal to the state government to immediately initiate appropriate measures in the common interest.”

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