German Jewish community shocked and horrified following Halle attack

The Central Council of Jews in Germany, the country’s EJC affiliate, is profoundly shocked and horrified following the attack in the city of Halle in East Germany on Yom Kippur, which took the lives of two people.

“The attack in Halle on Yom Kippur, the highest Jewish holiday, has deeply distressed and frightened our community,” said Central Council President Dr. Josef Schuster.

“However, we are first and foremost shocked that two people were murdered by the merciless shooter. Our sincere condolences go to the families of the victims. Our thoughts are also with those injured in the attack and we wish them a full and speedy recovery,” Dr. Schuster added.

“The attacker tried to enter the synagogue and subsequently attacked the neighboring Jewish cemetery, so we can assume an antisemitic motive. The brutality of the attack surpasses anything that has happened in recent years and is a profound shock to all Jews in Germany.”

“The fact that the synagogue in Halle was not protected by the police on a holiday like Yom Kippur is scandalous. This negligence has resulted now in bitter consequences. It is only by miracle that a bigger tragedy was averted,” Dr. Schuster concluded.

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