Five weeks following the arson of a synagogue in Wuppertal, Germany, German police have placed two more German Muslims under arrest for the crime. Security cameras managed to film three suspects, one of whom was arrested at the scene. All three suspects were described as Palestinian Muslims, according to Germany’s Die Welt.
INN At the height of Israel’s Operation Protective Edge, amid a major surge in anti-Semitic attacks in Europe, Molotov cocktails were thrown at the synagogue, seriously damaging the building’s facade.
The day before the attack, a masked thug was caught on camera spraying anti-Semitic graffiti on the walls of the synagogue. Police are still investigating whether there was any connection between the two incidents.
Wuppertal hit the news recently when it was revealed that extremist Muslim vigilantes were mounting “Sharia patrols“ to enforce Islamic law (Sharia) on local residents. The men were allegedly members of Germany’s growing Salafi movement, a puritanical version of Sunni Islam adhered to by radicals from Al Qaeda to the Saudi Arabian government.
Police reportedly stopped 11 men aged between 19 and 33, and launched a criminal investigation to see if charges of illegal assembly could be brought against the perpetrators. Muslim extremists played a key role in both stoking anti-Semitic sentiment and carrying out attacks against Jews in Europe over the summer.
Jewish leaders and political officials have recently warned of a dramatic rise in anti-Semitic slogans and chants in Germany at pro-Palestinian rallies organised against Israel’s military operation in Gaza. Local Jewish leaders and German politicians have spoken out against the alarming rise in anti-Semitism in the country, including Chancellor Angela Merkel.
During one rally a Jewish man only narrowly escaped after being chased by a Muslim mob shouting to “slit the Jews’ throats“, while in Berlin a leading imam called on Muslims to “kill Zionist Jews.”
In a video taken at a the rally and posted on the website of the Tablet Magazine, hundreds of protesters can be seen chanting in German, “Jew, Jew, cowardly pig, come on out and fight on your own”.
An imam in the German capital, Berlin, recently gave a sermon in which he expressed support for Gaza and called for “the annihilation of Jews”.
“Oh Allah, destroy the Zionist Jews. They are no challenge for you,” he continued. “Count them and kill them to the very last one. Don’t spare a single one of them. Shake the ground beneath their feet. Make them suffer terribly. Deflect their bullets. Disperse them. They behave tyranically all over the world and spread corruption.”