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Arsonists attack Rhineland synagogue

DDP/The Local · 17 May 2010, 08:51

Published: 17 May 2010 08:51 GMT+02:00

According to initial investigation the building was doused in flammable liquid at several points and set alight, the spokesperson said.

A resident alerted police to the fire at the synagogue on the Judengasse, which is reportedly not under constant surveillance.

Fire fighters in the city were able to put out the blaze quickly, and the building was not heavily damaged. The walls were however blackened by soot, a fire department spokesperson said.

The police search for the perpetrators has been unsuccessful so far. Officers have engaged in a widespread investigation and have called for witnesses to step forward, police said.

There were no injuries in the arson attack.

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The city of Worms has called the stone building, built in 1034, one of Germany’s oldest synagogues. After being destroyed by the Nazis in 1938 the building was restored between 1958 and 1961.

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17:57 May 17, 2010 by vonSchwerin
Neo-Nazis like the presumed perpetrators are scum and cowards. Every law-abiding citizen who supports democracy ought to revile these people who give modern Germany a bad name.

But here's a message for them: You guys have lost. It's over. Germany will never have your beloved "Aryan" racial purity or become state run by Führerprinzip. It is a modern, multicultural, diverse, parliamentary democracy.
18:18 May 17, 2010 by bugger
"Neo-Nazis like the presumed perpetrators are scum and cowards."

Umm... Police actually found a Ietter claiming responsibility which linked the attack to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Authenticity is unclear right now, but quite often supposed Neo-Nazi crimes againts Jews / Jewish buildings turned out to be Islamic crimes (cf. the attack against the Dresden synagogue some months ago; everybody denounced the crime - when an Arab got arrested, pols and press suddenly lost interest in the case...)

You are right, however, that Nazi scum has lost big time and will never come back to power. One more reason to fight the future's enemies instead of the past's.

18:48 May 17, 2010 by wenddiver
Hopefully the Polezi will catch these people quickly and send a strong message this won't be tolerated.

I served with American Officers during the Cold war who were practicing members of the Jewish faith, none ever expressed any reservations about defending Germany.

Let us hope that goodwill is the prevailing attitude between all men.
19:07 May 17, 2010 by Prufrock2010
wenddiver --

"Let us hope that goodwill is the prevailing attitude between all men."

Well said.
20:42 May 17, 2010 by vonSchwerin
"quite often supposed Neo-Nazi crimes againts Jews / Jewish buildings turned out to be Islamic crimes"

Very interesting.

Well, it's also an outrage that individuals (or buildings!) in Europe that have nothing to do with Israel's actions in Gaza/West Bank should be blamed and attacked. It goes without saying that such actions are utterly inappropriate and have no place in a democratic society, regardless if the perpetrators are German extreme leftists or Muslim immigrants to Germany.
23:47 May 17, 2010 by Logic Guy
Well, it appears that most native Germans are peaceful towards Jewish people. German and Jews were actually neighbors during ancient times. Yes, there were problems in the past, however, here to day, I believe that the two groups simply want to receive respect from each other.
00:00 May 18, 2010 by Prufrock2010
Logic Guy --

"German and Jews were actually neighbors during ancient times."

Would that have been when Germany was located in Palestine?
00:56 May 19, 2010 by wxman
Neo-nazis? Yes they are, but this time I don't think they are of a "Christian" religion.
07:05 May 22, 2010 by Anat
wxman at 00:56

I ambsolutely agree with you. The history of anti-Zionist Jihadists is tightly connected with Nazism; see Matthias Kuentzel, 'Djihad und Judenhaß. Über den neuen antijüdischen Krieg'; also in English as 'Jihad and Jew-Hatred'.
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