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Synagogen i den tyske byen Wuppertal (ca. 3 mil øst for Düsseldorf) ble angrepet natt til tirsdag med molotovcocktails. En mistenkt på 18 år ble arrestert, mens to andre rømte fra åstedet. Etterforskningen pågår. Ingen ble skadet i angrepet.

Syngagoen, som opprinnelig er fra 1897, ble gjenoppført etter at nazistene brente den ned til grunnen under Krystallnatten i 1938.

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Det er forsterket politibeskyttelse på grunn av demonstrasjoner mot Israel.

I den siste uken hadde det også vært trusler mot en synagoge i den nærliggende byen Essen. Truslene ble fremsatt på Facebook og politiet arresterte fire menn.

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Meanwhile, a rabbi in Frankfurt am Main received a phone call from a man who threatened to kill 30 Jews in the city if his family in Gaza was harmed.

Dieter Graumann, president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany told the Frankfurter Rundschau on Tuesday that the rabbi received the call last Friday from a Palestinian man.

Graumann said the Jewish community was taking the threat seriously.

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And anti-Jewish feelings also seems to be increasing online, a leading researcher into anti-Semitism in Germany said on Tuesday.

Monika Schwarz-Friesel, who is leading a research project at Berlin’s Technical University into anti-Semitism on the internet, said there had been a “massive flood” of anti-Semitic comments.

The professor said anti-Jewish comments were «falling back on old stereotypes,» with phrases such as “usurer”, “child murderer” and “global conspiracy” being used again in reference to Jewish people.

In an earlier project, Schwarz-Friesel and a US historian examined 14,000 letters sent to the Israeli embassy in Berlin and to the Central Council of Jews in Germany.

“Hatred of Israel unites writers of all classes,” she said. “Three percent of letters were anonymous and came from the far-right scene.”

Her current project, however, will focus on anti-Jewish forms of communication on social media, online comment areas, chats and forums. «The internet has become the primary distribution medium for the new anti-Semitism,” the TU said in a statement on Monday.

 

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