Monday 29 December 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. AP
Palestinians reacts in front of a mosque which witnesses said was hit in an Israeli air strike, in Gaza City. Reuters
Palestinians carry their belongings as flee their house from what witnesses said were Israeli air strikes, in Gaza City. Reuters
A Palestinian firefighter tries to put out a fire at Gaza's main power plant, which witnesses said was hit in Israeli shelling, in the central Gaza Strip. Reuters
This picture shows the destroyed rooftop of the media complex that houses the offices of Hamas-run Al Aqsa television and radio after it was targeted in an Israeli strike in central Gaza City early on Tuesday. AP
Damage is seen at Hamas' Al-Aqsa TV office in a building that houses other media offices, which witnesses said was hit in an Israeli air strike, in Gaza City. Reuters
Palestinian rescue workers search for victims as people gather atop the remains of a house, which witnesses said was destroyed in an Israeli air strike, in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip. Reuters
A Palestinian firefighter participates in efforts to put out a fire at Gaza's main power plant, which witnesses said was hit in Israeli shelling, in the central Gaza Strip. Reuters
A Palestinian firefighter reacts as he tries to put out a fire at Gaza's main power plant, which witnesses said was hit in Israeli shelling, in the central Gaza Strip. Reuters
Palestinians inspect the damage at the Ameen mosque in Gaza City, northern Gaza Strip, destroyed by an Israeli strike. AP
Palestinian firefighters extinguish a fire following what witnesses said was an Israeli air strike on a house, in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip. Reuters
Smoke and fire from the explosion of an Israeli strike rise over Gaza City. AP
Smoke and flames are seen following what witnesses said were Israeli air strikes in the east of Gaza City. Reuters
Smoke from the explosion of an Israeli strike rise over Gaza City. AP
A United Nations aid agency car lies destroyed by shrapnel from an Israeli strike in the Jebaliya refugee camp, northern Gaza Strip. AP
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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