פיגוע אנטישמי בהמבורג
Police officers stand at the cordoned-off crime scene outside the synagogue in Hamburg, Germany
Photo: Reuters
Police officers stand at the cordoned-off crime scene outside the synagogue in Hamburg, Germany

German officials express shock over attack on Jewish student

Justice minister calls for further action to stop incitement against Germany's Jews; FM Heiko Maas calls Hamburg attack 'repugnant anti-Semitism' but dismisses it as an 'isolated incident'

Associated Press |
Published: 10.05.20 , 12:57
Germany’s justice minister on Monday called an attack on a Jewish student outside a synagogue “a horrible act of violence.”
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  • “The hatred against Jews is a disgrace for our country,” Christine Lambrecht said in a statement. “We have to further confront agitation against Jews and be there more for the victims of hatred and violence.”
    פיגוע אנטישמי בהמבורגפיגוע אנטישמי בהמבורג
    Police officers stand at the cordoned-off crime scene outside the synagogue in Hamburg, Germany
    (Photo: Reuters)
    The 26-year-old man was about to enter the synagogue grounds in the northern city of Hamburg on Sunday when he was hit in the head with what appeared to be a folding spade, police said. He was taken to the hospital with head injuries.
    The suspected perpetrator, a 29-year-old German man of Kazakh origin wearing military-style clothes, was arrested after the attack.
    The attack came nearly a year after a heavily armed white supremacist targeted a synagogue in the eastern German city of Halle on Yom Kippur, the holiest day in Judaism. He killed a passer-by and a man at a nearby kebab stall after failing to force his way into the building.
    German Justice Minister Christine Lambrecht German Justice Minister Christine Lambrecht
    German Justice Minister Christine Lambrecht
    (Photo: AP)
    Authorities said Sunday night that the Hamburg attacker seemed confused during a first interrogation by police.
    A Hamburg rabbi said the community, which had come together Sunday to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, was “very, very shocked” by the assault.
    “The question is: What have we not learned since Halle?” Rabbi Shlomo Bistritzky said.
    German Freign Minister Heiko Maas German Freign Minister Heiko Maas
    German Freign Minister Heiko Maas
    (Photo: AFP)
    The assault comes amid heightened concern in Germany over rising anti-Semitism and far-right extremism.
    “This is not an isolated case — this is repugnant anti-Semitism and we must all stand up against it,” German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas tweeted Sunday night.

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