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German Court: Torching Synagogue Justified

from The Jerusalem Post:

A German regional court in the city of Wuppertal affirmed a lower court decision last Friday stating that a violent attempt to burn the city’s synagogue by three men in 2014 was a justified expression of criticism of Israel’s policies.

Johannes Pinnel, a spokesman for the regional court in Wuppertal, outlined the court’s decision in a statement.

Three German Palestinians sought to torch the Wuppertal synagogue with Molotov cocktails in July, 2014.  The local Wuppertal court panel said in its 2015 decision that the three men wanted to draw “attention to the Gaza conflict” with Israel. The court deemed the attack not to be motivated by antisemitism.

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  • 1. Picaboo Shimon wrote:

    Interesting news. So if we want to protest the holocaust can we burn down german buildings?

  • 3. Georgia Jewish Proud wrote:

    I am speechless ! Apparently the German justices in Wuppertal do not know the definition of anti-Semitism,or have chosen to ignore bigotry and hate when it is presented to them. This act reeks of prejudice, anti-Semitism, bigotry, and Nazi behavior. Are the German courts returning to the Nazi rule of the 1930s and 1940s ? Shame ! Shame ! Shame on these German courts !!!

  • 5. Yudi Mandel wrote:

    I don’t feel bed for any Jew still living in Germany. Or Poland. Or France. Or Russia.

  • 6. Kop Doktar wrote:

    Can’t you people read? The court CONVICTED these criminals for firebombing and damaging the shul.

    They received a “suspended sentence” which is a criminal record, usually connected with a probation period and terms/conditions (including restitution for damages caused).

    However, the court did NOT upgrade the charge to a Hate Crime against Jews, rather as a political (and CRIMINAL) protest against Israel Government actions.

    Now, we may not agree with that characterization of their crime, but the court certainly did NOT say that these CRIMINAL acts are ok to do!


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