During July 2014, Israel conducted Operation Protective Edge, a month long military campaign against terrorist groups in the Gaza Strip. Simultaneously, three Muslim men attempted to burn down a synagogue in Wuppertal, Germany. Surprisingly, a German court ruled that the attempt was a result of criticism of Israeli operations in Gaza strip, rather than anti-Semitism.
“It sets a legal cover to extremists and terrorists to ‘express’ their hatred the way that Hitler and company expressed their hatred of Jews”, said Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Associate Dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles, California. “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”.
Cooper noted that “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?”
Molotov cocktails were hurled at the synagogue causing 800 euros worth of damage; however the court ruled that these acts were not motivated by hatred of Jews.
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By: Efrat Baron