Israeli Flags Burned and Synagogues Attacked in Germany

Police responded to reports on Tuesday that people were burning Israeli flags outside of two synagogues in Munster and Bonn. Members of the public had reported seeing a “group of about 15 people with an Arabic appearance” at the Munster synagogue burning the flag and shouting slogans.

In Tempelstrasse, Bonn, too, responders found the remains of a burnt Israeli flag, and there was damage to the entrance of the synagogue where suspects had thrown stones at the building.

Police arrested two 20-year-old men and a 24-year-old man. Investigators also found three notes, allegedly written in Arabic, at the scene, according to Suddeutsche Zeitung.

Just the day before, a so-far unidentified suspect in Dusseldorf set fire to a memorial to the former Great Synagogue on Kasernenstrasse. The Great Synagogue had been destroyed after National Socialists set it on fire in 1938 during Kristallnacht.

Oded Horowitz, chairman of the Jewish Community in Dusseldorf, commented on the suspected arson attack, saying: “We are very concerned that this attack took place here in the heart of Dusseldorf, in the immediate context of the current escalation of violence in Israel.”

On Wednesday, police in Gelsenkirchen dispersed an anti-Israeli rally involving 180 people who marched towards a synagogue and chanted anti-Israeli slogans. Police stopped the demonstrators before they could reach the temple.

The protests and attacks on German synagogues come as the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas, which began on Monday, continues.

In Israel proper, Arab-Israelis have attacked and set on fire synagogues in the city of Lod this week.

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  1. Sounds like NAZI Germany in the 1930s all OVER again . . . When will we EVER learn our HISTORY’s Past and change?!? One Enlightened Patriot. Team Trump And His Allies 2020 – MAGA (WE’RE NOT going away!).

  2. This is what comes of a country opening its doors and arms to hundreds of thousands if not millions of Arab “refugees.” Not only does it lose its culture (middle eastern street cafes have replaced German ones in many areas) but a thing that has been deemed abhorrent to the German people since the moment the Third Reich fell – and don’t forget, it is illegal for a German, or a visitor, to use a Nazi salute or even sing the first verse of their own National Anthem – is now happening openly in the streets, thanks to those Arab invaders.

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