An arson attempt on a synagogue in Berlin caused horror. Speaking in Cairo on Wednesday, Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) said: “It is clear that we do not and will never tolerate attacks on Jewish institutions.” The Central Council of Jews in Germany said that this arson attack was a continuation of the continued glorification of Hamas terror on German streets.
In the statement, it was stated that “Day of Wrath” is not just an expression. “It is psychological terrorism that results in concrete attacks,” the Central Council said. According to police, two masked strangers threw incendiary devices into the synagogue on Wednesday night but were unable to reach the synagogue. There is a Jewish kindergarten next to the synagogue.
Police said masked men threw two burning bottles filled with liquid into the building on Brunnenstrasse around 03:45. “The bottles hit the pavement and broke. The fires went out.” However, a small fire broke out on the sidewalk. This was promptly deleted by an employee from Central Property Protection.
The Kahal Adass Yisroel community previously wrote on the platform that unidentified people threw two Molotov cocktails towards their community center. According to Berlin Interior Senator Iris Spranger (SPD), the police presence prevented the perpetrators from getting close enough to the building on Brunnenstrasse and shooting their targets.
The state security agency responsible for politically motivated actions is investigating the serious arson attempt. According to the information provided by the police, while the investigation was continuing at the scene, another incident occurred in front of the synagogue: At around 08:00 in the morning, a 30-year-old person came with an e-scooter, threw it away and ran towards the building. . Police were said to have stopped the man and temporarily detained him. The 30-year-old defended himself and shouted provocative and anti-Israeli slogans.
“It’s really crazy what’s going on here,” said Irene Mihalic, Parliamentary Director of the Green Party parliamentary group in Berlin. “We have a problem with anti-Semitism in Germany and Israel-related anti-Semitism.”
Berlin Deputy Prime Minister Franziska Giffey wrote on Wednesday on the X platform, formerly known as Twitter, that this action “hit us in the heart.” The SPD state chairman also called on the people of the capital to be vigilant. Berlin will protect Jewish life with determination and with all the resources of the security authorities. “This is also the duty of all Berliners,” Giffey said. “This is unbearable,” the FDP parliamentary group commented on X about the attempted arson attack. “Jewish life is an integral part of our country. This violence has no place here!” he wrote.
Riots broke out in Berlin’s Neukölln district on Wednesday night, following further escalation of conflicts in the Middle East. Large-scale shipments were made to police and fire brigades. More than 20 emergency service personnel were injured, according to the Berlin Police Association (GdP). The union announced on the platform on Wednesday that stones and pyrotechnics were thrown at them in Sonnenallee, Hermannplatz and Pariser Platz.
“The images from last night clearly show that we are experiencing the effects of a religious war on the streets of the capital and that our emergency services have become the target of religious fanaticism, which will become more pronounced as the military situation worsens.” GdP regional chief Stephan Weh explained.
Internal Affairs Senator Spranger emphasized that security officials consider a wide range of scenarios in their assessment of the security situation. “That’s why we increased protective measures. That’s exactly why the police were on duty again yesterday, preventing crimes and catching criminals.”