Sunday 26 October 2014

Petrol bomb attack on synagogue

John Lichfield in Paris

Published 30/07/2014 | 02:30

Israeli female soldiers morn during the funeral of Sergeant Sagi Erez, an infantry soldier training to be a squad commander, during his funeral at the military cemetery in Haifa, northern Israel, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Erez, 19, was killed Monday in combat after Gaza militants used a tunnel to sneak into Israel.  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that Israel must be ready for a "prolonged" military operation in the Gaza Strip. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
Israeli female soldiers morn during the funeral of Sergeant Sagi Erez, an infantry soldier training to be a squad commander, during his funeral at the military cemetery in Haifa, northern Israel. AP
In this image taken from video an explosion hits the media complex that houses the offices of Hamas-run Al Aqsa television and radio in central Gaza City early on Tuesday, July 29, 2014.  The building also houses offices of a number of Arab satellite television news channels. (AP Photo/APTN)
In this image taken from video an explosion hits the media complex that houses the offices of Hamas-run Al Aqsa television and radio in central Gaza City early on Tuesday. AP
Light streak trail is seen as a rocket is launched from the northern Gaza Strip towards Israel July 29, 2014. Israel knocked out Gaza's only power plant, flattened the home of its Islamist Hamas political leader and pounded dozens of other high-profile targets in the enclave on Tuesday, with no end in sight to more than three weeks of conflict. A number of rockets were fired from Gaza toward southern and central Israel, including the Tel Aviv area. At least one was intercepted by Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile system. No casualties or damage were reported. REUTERS/ Amir Cohen
Light streak trail is seen as a rocket is launched from the northern Gaza Strip towards Israel. Reuters

Petrol bombs were hurled at the walls of a synagogue in Wuppertal in western Germany yesterday amid fears of a rising tide of Gaza-related anti-semitism in Europe.

The attack, which followed a similar incident at a Jewish centre in Toulouse, caused no serious damage. An 18-year-old man has been arrested.

In France, a 29-year-old Franco-Algerian man with a history of psychological problems was arrested after several Molotov cocktails were thrown at a Jewish cultural and religious centre in Toulouse on Saturday. He told police that he carried out the attack "in solidarity with the Palestinian cause".

Mostly peaceful pro-Gaza demonstrations in France and Germany in recent weeks have been scarred by anti-semitic incidents. A minority of participants in demonstrations in Germany have chanted "death to Jews". The French, German and Italian foreign ministers issued a joint statement last week that such behaviour "has no place in our society." (© Independent News Service)

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