Neo-Nazis gather outside Ulm’s Synagogue on anniversary of arson attack

Men flying banners with far-right symbols gathered outside a synagogue in Ulm on the anniversary of its attempted torching.

About 10 men displayed one banner in Ulm near Munich, reading: “White lives matter, stop the White genocide.”

Locals confronted the demonstrators and made them leave the scene.

The date of the event was the one-year anniversary of the attempted arson at the synagogue, which authorities say was perpetrated by 45-year-old dual citizen of Turkey and Germany.

He poured gasoline on the facade and set it ablaze. Rapid intervention by neighbours and firefighters prevented the flames from spreading into the building.

The suspect fled Germany and is hiding in Turkey, which is refusing to extradite him.

The local congregation’s rabbi, Shnuer Trebnik, did not rule out the possibility that the neo-Nazi gathering was to celebrate the actions of the Turkish fugitive.

“We experience so many absurdities, it’s possible. They might have a common interest,” he said.

In 2021, German authorities recorded 3,027 antisemitic incidents, a 29% increase over the 2,351 incidents recorded in 2020.

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