Berlin synagogue attacked with molotov cocktails

The attack followed riots throughout Berlin between the Muslim community and police last night

Berlin synagogue attacked with molotov cocktails

A Berlin synagogue has been attacked with Molotov cocktails amid an increase in antisemitic incidents in the German capital following the escalating violence in the Middle East.

The Kahal Adass Jisroel community said its synagogue in the Mitte area of the city was attacked with two incendiary devices.

Police confirmed the incident.

‘Unknown persons threw two Molotov cocktails from the street,’ the community wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter.

German police officers stand guard in front of the building complex of the Kahal Adass Jisroel community, which houses a synagogue, a kindergarten and a community center, in the center of Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2023. The Kahal Adass Jisroel community said its synagogue in the city's Mitte neighborhood was attacked with two incendiary devices. Police confirmed the incident. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
The Kahal Adass Jisroel community said its synagogue was attacked with two incendiary devices (Picture: AP)

On Wednesday morning, dozens of police officers were investigating in front of the synagogue.

The entire street next to the building was cordoned off and closed to traffic.
Germany’s leading Jewish group said two people were involved in the attack, but did not give any further details.

‘We are all shocked by this terrorist attack,’ the Central Council of Jews said in a statement.

‘Above all, the families from the neighbourhood around the synagogue are shocked and unsettled. Words become deeds. Hamas’ ideology of extermination against everything Jewish is also having an effect in Germany.’

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The attack followed riots throughout Berlin between the Muslim community and police (Picture: DPA/Cover Images)

The building complex of the Kahal Adass Jisroel community in the centre of Berlin houses a synagogue, a nursery school, a yeshiva school and a community centre.

Police also said there were riots overnight between Muslim immigrants and police in the city’s Neukoelln and Kreuzberg neighbourhoods and at Berlin’s landmark Brandenburg Gate, in which several officers were injured.

Following Hamas’s attack on Israel on October 7 and the subsequent war in Gaza, police have increased security for Jewish institutions in Berlin and all over Germany.

Nevertheless, Israeli flags that were flown as a sign of solidarity in front of city halls all over the country have been torn down and burned.

Several buildings in Berlin where Jews live had the Star of David painted on doors and walls.

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