Petrol bomb attack on synagogue
Published 30/07/2014 | 02:30
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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