German synagogue attack raises anti-Semitism fear


Petrol bombs hurled at a synagogue in the western German city of Wuppertal raise fears of a tide of Gaza-related anti-Semitism in Europe.

German police arrested an 18-year-old man on suspicion of firebombing the Bergische Synagogue early on Tuesday which followed a similar incident at a Jewish centre in Toulouse in southwestern France.

The teenager was one of three attackers who threw several Molotov cocktails at the entrance of a building.

Police said no one was wounded and the building suffered limited damages, adding the other two suspects managed to flee.

In France, police arrested a 29-year-old Franco-Algerian man after several Molotov cocktails were thrown at a Jewish cultural and religious center in Toulouse on Saturday.

The man said he carried out the attack “in solidarity with the Palestinian cause.”

Peaceful demonstrations have been held in Germany and France in recent weeks to support the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip against the Israeli regime. The protests have been scarred by anti-Semitic incidents.

A demonstration in Sarcelles, a Paris suburb, led to an attack by youths on a synagogue, while participants in demonstrations in Germany have chanted “Death to Jews”.

Since July 8, Israel has been targeting the Gaza Strip with military attacks. The air, sea and land strikes by Israel have so far killed more than 1,270 people, including more than 290 children, 130 women and 57 senior citizens.

More than 7,000 Palestinians, mostly civilians, have been also injured over the past 23 days.

The Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas, has been launching retaliatory attacks against Israel. Tel Aviv confirms 53 Israeli soldiers have been killed in Gaza war, but Hamas puts the number at over 100.





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