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January 13, 2017 4:29 pm

Jewish Human Rights Group: German Court Ruling in Synagogue Arson Case ‘Legitimizes Violent Antisemitism’

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The western German city of Wuppertal. Photo: JensD via Wikimedia Commons.

The western German city of Wuppertal. Photo: JensD via Wikimedia Commons.

A German regional court’s affirmation of a lower court ruling that a July 2014 attempt by three Muslim men to burn down a Wuppertal synagogue constituted criticism of Israel, rather than antisemitism, was “disgusting and dangerous” and “legitimizes violent antisemitism,” an official with a leading US-based Jewish human rights organization said on Friday.

“It sets a legal cover to extremists and terrorists to ‘express’ their hatred the way that Hitler and company expressed their hatred of Jews,” Rabbi Abraham Cooper — associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles — warned. “Left unchallenged, this outrage could signal open season on German Jewry and their institutions by those who hate the Jewish state and everything it and the Jewish people stand for.”

According to a Jerusalem Post report, the lower court ruling that was affirmed found that the three German Palestinian perpetrators of the arson attempt wanted to “draw attention” to Operation Protective Edge — Israel’s 50-day military campaign against terrorist groups in the Gaza Strip — and were not motivated by hatred of Jews when they hurled Molotov cocktails at the synagogue, causing 800 euros worth of damage.

The men received suspended sentences.

Cooper noted, “Wuppertal’s original synagogue was torched by the Nazis on Kristallnacht in November 1938 as most German citizens stood by silently. Where is the outrage in 2017 from the democratic German elite when German judges give a wink and a nod to today’s haters?”

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  • Jeannette

    So now I can burn down any mosque in Germany, since (for good reasons) I object to Saudi Arabia’s treatment of women.

    I am not an anti-Muslim racist, I am merely making a political statement about the treatment of women by the head of the Umma.

    Isn’t that what the German Court just said?

  • Kim il Baba

    Good to know the 400 churches destroyed in Syria was not a constituted criticism of the multi-denominational christian faith but the of the “Kafir” in general its good for the court to make these distinction!

  • watsa46

    For many, “Israel” is a surrogate for Jews and antisemitism! Even German courts should know that little!

  • Joseph Feld

    With more than a million Muslims, mainly men, entering Gemany in the past year or two, the court sets a very dangerous precedent. If possible this case should go to an even higher court, like the German case that declared bris milah to be a crime.

  • doctorweird

    It’s truly the 30s again, and I’m not talking about Trump…

  • Steve Firestone

    When churches get fire bombed the court will say it is a protest against child molestation by priests? They always seem to be accepting of antisemitism and clever in characterizing hate against Jews as understandable.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Of course it does. That was the goal. The Germans are once again open in their Jew hatred.