“Like millions of people in Germany, I am also shocked and saddened by this crime,” said German Chancellor Angela Merkel following the synagogue attack in Halle on Thursday, October 9.
Dana Regev, an Israeli journalist , who works as a reporter for Deutsche Welle, was not shocked by the attack by the neo-Nazi.
-For us Jews living in Germany, “shock” is the last reaction we come to mind after the horrific attack. It was only a matter of time before extremists in this country would turn the spotlight on the true, eternal enemy of Germany and Western civilization: the Jew, Regev writes in a blog post in the Times of Israel.
approximately 1,800 anti-Semitic crimes in Germany during 2018, an increase of 20 percent compared to 2017. Violent crimes against Jews increased from 37 in 2017 to 62 in 2018. A similar increase is also seen in the number of crimes against foreigners, from 6434 incidents in 2017 to 7701 incidents in 2018.
The terrorist who killed two people in Halle last week said in his live streaming during the attack that he had considered attacking a mosque but changed his mind afterwards. “He understood that he had to remove the real problem and not just the symptoms, and suggested that it was the Jews,” writes Regev.
In June, German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer presented a report stating that is 24,100 right-wing extremists in the country. The Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz (BfV) believes that more than half, 12,700, are potentially violent, the news agency NTB reported. The same report states that there are 32,000 left-wing extremists (9,000 potentially violent) and 25,560 Islamists in Germany (NTB does not say how many of these BFVs consider potentially violent).
-In a country with almost 13,000 active, violent right-wing extremists, who not only increasingly arm themselves and train in violent attacks, but also successfully infiltrate the police and armed forces, this attempted massacre should not come as a surprise. And everyone who thought Jews were no longer in the picture of hate crime on German soil is now forced to face the harsh reality: the far right never stopped making us a target, says Regev.