Sunday, January 15, 2017

Germany: Attempt to firebomb shul not antisemitic, says court

Remember, Germany takes antisemitism seriously.   It's just those stupid Jews who are confusing between anti-Zionism and antisemitism.

Via Jewish Chronicle:
A regional court in Germany has upheld a previous ruling from a lower court that an attempt to burn down a synagogue was not antisemitic.

The local court in Wuppertal, in the province of North Rhine-Westphalia, ruled in 2015 that three German-Palestinian men who had tried to burn down the city’s shul with homemade Molotov cocktails had intended “to draw attention to the conflict between Gaza and Israel”. The attack took place in July 2014, during the Israel-Gaza conflict.

The police were alerted to the blaze by a neighbour of the synagogue; the fire was put out quickly, leaving the synagogue with a £750 repair bill.

The chairman of the Lower Court’s judiciary, Jörg Sturm, said at the time that although the attack on the synagogue had “high symbolic meaning” – the original synagogue in Wuppertal was burned down during Kristallnacht in 1938 – the three men in this instance had not acted "for antisemitic reasons per se".

The three men in question were given suspended prison sentences.

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