Germany: a human chain in front of the synagogue in Berlin after the attempt in Halle

Germany: a human chain in front of the synagogue in Berlin after the attempt in Halle

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Over 200 people formed a human chain on Sunday in front of the main synagogue in Berlin to express solidarity with the Jews after the recent anti-Semitic attack in Halle. On Saturday in Halle itself, an action against anti-Semitism and right-wing extremism took place.

Organizations and institutions advocating the open and tolerant character of the German capital were invited to participate in the Berlin event at the end of the Jewish holiday of Sukkot.

- We are creating a human chain to show that we are definitely standing alongside our Jewish brothers and sisters - said evangelical Christian Staeblein participating in the action. "We must guard Jewish synagogues like an eye in our heads," he added.

The day before, in Halle itself, located in the state of Saxony-Anhalt in the east of Germany, about 16,000 people took part in the concert with the participation of numerous German singers and musicians. The concert under the slogan #HalleZusammen ("Halle together", but also a word game sounding similar to the slogan "alle zusammen", meaning all together) was supposed to be a gesture of support for tolerance and peaceful coexistence and opposition to exclusion.

Another participant, Sissy Metzschke, stressed that the concert was not only to express solidarity with Jews and the victims of the recent attack, but also to thank the police and emergency services who quickly responded and apprehended the perpetrator.

On October 9, a 27-year-old armed neo-Nazi tried to break into the synagogue in Halle. After an unsuccessful attempt to break the temple door, he opened fire on people on the street. He killed two people and wounded another two. The attacker, who broadcast the bombing live on the Internet, was captured by police after a chase. During a later interrogation, he confessed to his acts and confirmed that he was acting for anti-Semitic reasons. & Nbsp;

An authentic "manifest" of a bomber from Halle was probably found on the Internet, who on Wednesday tried to break into the synagogue in this city and killed two people. The text deals with the preparations and motives for the attack.

The attack on the synagogue in Halle sparked a debate about the increase in the number of neo-Nazis in Germany. From the data of the local Office for the Protection of the Constitution, 24,100 neo-Nazis operate in this country. More than half of them are ready to use violence at any time. Security experts believe that fighting neo-Nazi ideology is ineffective.

On Sunday, through the streets of Berlin, he protested many thousands against anti-Semitism. It is a reaction to the attack on the synagogue in Halle, where two people were killed. Similar demonstrations also took place, among others in Hamburg and Marburg.