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How Many Mass Shootings Will It Take for Germany to Confront Its Far-Right Problem?

What happened last week at the Midnight hookah bar – a modest lounge in the German town of Hanau, where a largely Turkish clientele often goes to relax in the evenings – should really be enough to change the debate in Germany. The debate about racism and intolerance, about violence, hate and terrorism, and about the ways that all these things have been fuelled by the nation’s political climate. It should have been enough for Germany’s leading politicians to consider the life and death of Gö...
Tags: Europe, News, Germany, Angela Merkel, Berlin, Uncategorized, Turkey, Fbi, Frankfurt, Merkel, Extremism, Arabian Peninsula, East Germany, Thuringia, Halle, Heumarkt


10,000 Protesters Mourn 9 People Killed by Immigrant-Hating Shooter in Germany

(BERLIN) — Around 10,000 protesters marched through the central German town of Hanau on Sunday to mourn the nine people who were killed by an immigrant-hating gunman four days ago. “These days and hours are the blackest and darkest our town has ever experienced during peace times,” Hanau mayor Claus Kaminsky told the somber crowds, according to the German news agency dpa. But, he said, those who want to pull apart society won’t succeed, “because we are more and we will prevent that.” A 43-y...
Tags: News, Germany, Angela Merkel, Berlin, Uncategorized, Turkey, Frankfurt, Aydin, Halle, Hanau, Onetime, Claus Kaminsky, Ali Kemal Aydin


Racist German Shooter Exposes the Global Network of Hate

BERLIN—Late Wednesday night in the central German city Hanau, a gunman that police have identified as 43-year-old Tobias Rathjen opened fire at two shisha bars. They’re the kind of places favored by people who enjoy a laid-back atmosphere as they puff tobacco bubbling through water-filled hookahs, and on any given evening, many of those folks may be from Turkish, Kurdish, or North African backgrounds. They’re quiet places for conversation and minding your own business. Do Germans Know a Hate Cri...
Tags: News, Germany, Berlin, Israel, Munich, United States, New Zealand, Merkel, Norway, Charleston South Carolina, Arena, Stephan, Die Zeit, NTV, Volk, Anders Breivik


This Researcher Juggled Five Different Identities to Go Undercover With Far-Right and Islamist Extremists. Here’s What She Found

Wearing a blond wig and walking through the streets of central Vienna in October 2017, Julia Ebner reminded herself of her new identity: Jennifer Mayer, an Austrian philosophy student currently studying abroad in London. It was one of five different identities that Ebner, an Austrian researcher specialized in online radicalization and cumulative extremism, adopted in order to infiltrate far-right/Islamist extremist networks. That day in October, she met a local recruiter for Generation Id...
Tags: Europe, London, News, Uncategorized, Walmart, Vienna, Atlantic, Extremism, Charlottesville, Christchurch, Baltics, Julia, Halle Germany, El Paso Texas, Institute for Strategic Dialogue, Halle


Germany urged to fight anti-Semitism to avoid Jewish exodus

Germany's foreign minister is calling for strengthened efforts against anti-Semitism to ward off the possibility that many Jews decide to leave the country. Maas' comments came a day before the 75th anniversary of the Soviet liberation of the Nazis' Auschwitz death camp and at a time of rising concern in Germany and elsewhere in Europe about anti-Semitism. In October, a man tried to force his way into a synagogue in Halle on Judaism's holiest day, later killing two passers-by before being arre...
Tags: Europe, News, Germany, Judaism, Halle, Maas, Nazis Auschwitz


Love Letters to Hitler

The American poet Hannah Cushman Howes sent a letter to Adolf Hitler in the early part of 1933. It contained a poem she composed especially for him: TO CHANCELLOR HITLER Heed not those alien, rabble foes, That tear and rend our land, Our land was built by Patriots, Who by their country stand. And you, today, are your land’s hope Its savior whom traitors fear; In you the glowing flame leaps high That once stirred Paul Revere. She also included a handwritten note to clarify her sentiments fur...
Tags: Feature, Post, News, Montana, Germany, Berlin, America, Munich, Towns, Philadelphia, Hitler, Adolf Hitler, Paul Revere, Pittsburgh, Reich, Howes


American Rabbi Is Defiantly Hopeful After Surviving German Synagogue Shooting

Rabbi Borovitz was inside Halle's synagogue during a Yom Kippur attack.
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The Terror Gap: U.S. Laws Let White Supremacists Operate Like ISIS

Courtesy SITEThe recent arrests of Jarrett William Smith, a former U.S. Army soldier who discussed plans to “bomb a major U.S. news network,” and Conor Climo, a Las Vegas man who plotted attacks on a synagogue and LGBT bar, give an inkling of the growing threat posed by far-right terrorists in the United States.The problem of white supremacist violence is international. From the horrific attack on a mosque in Christ Church, New Zealand, to the assault on a synagogue in the German city of Halle, ...
Tags: Isis, News, Australia, Washington, Israel, Fbi, United States, United Nations, Nazi, Las Vegas, Smith, Pittsburgh, FTO, U S Army, ISIS al Qaeda, Gadsden


German security services want more powers to fight extremism

BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s security services said Tuesday they’re seeking greater powers to fight the kind of far-right extremism behind last week’s synagogue attack, including requiring internet companies to report illegal hate speech to police. A 27-year-old German man previously unknown to police confessed to carrying out the attack in the eastern city of Halle […]
Tags: News, Germany, Berlin, Ap, Nation, Halle


German police lost Halle gunman for an hour, lawmakers say

BERLIN (AP) — German lawmakers say police lost track for an hour of a suspected far-right extremist who killed two people after a failed attack on a synagogue. Germany’s dpa news agency quoted regional lawmakers in Saxony-Anhalt state as saying on Monday that it was two officers in a small town who eventually arrested the […]
Tags: News, Germany, Berlin, Ap, Nation, Halle, Saxony Anhalt


Thousands Protest Against Anti-Semitism After Synagogue Attack In Germany

The Yom Kippur attack in Halle renewed concerns about rising far-right extremism and anti-Semitism in Germany.
Tags: News, Germany, Halle


German Protests Against Anti-Semitism After Synagogue Attack Draw Thousands

The Yom Kippur attack in Halle renewed concerns about rising far-right extremism and anti-Semitism in Germany.
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Halle survivor: Gun control saved me

I decided to visit Halle, Germany, shortly after moving to Berlin. I am one of a growing number of Jewish expats in Berlin, excited by the cultural outlets of the city, the cheaper rents and the diverse and open-minded Jewish life. Two weeks ago, an opportunity arose to visit a small, Russian-speaking Jewish community from the former USSR living in Halle to spend Yom Kippur with them. Our delegation was supposed to bring life and song to one of the most important days on the Jewish calendar. ...
Tags: News, Berlin, Stories, Ussr, Halle Germany, Halle


Halle survivor: Gun control saved my life

Stuck in the synagogue on lockdown, we picked up our prayer books again, unsure of what else to do but continue our intensive day of prayer. The singing that emerged in those hours is some that I will never forget, or want to relive, writes Yaffa Fogel.
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Tragedy marks Sabbath for Germany's Jewish community

Jews in Germany prepared to mark the Sabbath Friday with their confidence in the community's miraculous rebirth shaken by the deadly anti-Semitic rampage in Halle on Yom Kippur. Nearly 75 years after the Holocaust, the Jewish minority that had staked its faith in peaceful, democratic Germany found itself asking troubling questions about its security after the synagogue siege by a suspected neo-Nazi. "We have always been careful and now we will be even more careful," said Nina Peretz, head of B...
Tags: News, Germany, Berlin, Halle, Nina Peretz


Germany Shooter ‘Would Have Killed More People’ With Access To Better Guns

The gunman in Halle was using homemade firearms — a far cry from military-grade weaponry common in the U.S.
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Halle synagogue was fortified before antisemitic attack

Hardened door and security cameras helped protect dozens of people from gunmanA German synagogue targeted in an attempted mass shooting this week had been upgraded to fortify its main entrance and install security cameras, measures that probably saved the lives of dozens of people hiding inside.The attack on Wednesday in the city of Halle left two people dead but the number could have been much higher as the gunman failed to break through the synagogue door, despite repeatedly shooting at it and...
Tags: Europe, Germany, World news, Judaism, Halle, Antisemitism


Germany shooting: Horror of Jews targeted in Halle attack

Jewish people in Halle told the BBC they experience anti-Semitic abuse and false promises from politicians.
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Shocked Germans face new outbreak of far-right terror

Jewish people in Halle told the BBC they experience anti-Semitic abuse and false promises from politicians.
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Germany's Jewish leaders condemn police response to Halle attack

Minister vows to permanently improve security at synagogues as video shows homemade guns thwarted suspect Jewish community leaders in Germany have criticised the police’s “scandalously” slow response to the terror attack on a synagogue in eastern Germany.A gunman in military outfit went on a rampage in the city of Halle, killing two people, with further bloodshed averted only because the attacker’s homemade firearms malfunctioned. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Germany, UK News, World news, Gun crime, Halle


How the Synagogue Shooting in Germany Fits Into a Global Pattern of Far-Right Terrorism

Around noon on Wednesday, a 27-year-old German man drove to a synagogue in the city of Halle in eastern Germany with the aim of killing as many Jews as possible. It was Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar. The attacker failed to get past the perimeter gate of the synagogue, and then…
Tags: News, Germany, Uncategorized, Halle, Violent Extremism


Germany probes synagogue suspect, pledges better security

German investigators puzzled Thursday over how the suspect in a botched attack on a synagogue on Judaism's holiest day managed to amass at least 4 kilograms (nearly 9 pounds) of explosives and acquire four firearms, an arsenal they said he planned to use in a massacre. While many questions remain about the suspect, German officials sought to reassure a shaken Jewish community after Wednesday's attack in the eastern city of Halle. The attacker, a German identified by prosecutors as Stephan B., ...
Tags: News, Germany, Judaism, Halle, Stephan B


'I worried it would be a matter of time': Halle grieves after shootings

Residents of town in Saxony-Anhalt left reeling after two people die in attempted attack on synagogueWolfgang Denkwitz had brought a white rose. Shortly before midday on Thursday the retired truck driver added his personal symbol of condolence to the sea of lilies, roses and carnations that lay at the door of the synagogue in the eastern German city of Halle.Twenty-four hours earlier, the same door had saved the lives of around 70 worshippers gathered inside, by withstanding the assault of a gun...
Tags: Europe, Germany, World news, Gun crime, Halle, Saxony Anhalt, Antisemitism, Halle Twenty


Suspect Posted Racist Screed Before Launching Deadly Attack In Germany

The German government has described Wednesday's shooting outside a synagogue in the town of Halle as an anti-Semitic attack. Two people were killed. Police have arrested a suspect.
Tags: News, Germany, Halle


German Attack Offers Lessons on Guns and Neo-Nazis

(Bloomberg Opinion) -- An anti-Semitic shooting on Yom Kippur in Germany – worse news is difficult to imagine. But Wednesday’s horrible events in the eastern German city of Halle would have been bloodier had they taken place in a country with weaker gun laws and a less security-aware Jewish community.There’s also another lesson in what happened. For all the talk of “imported anti-Semitism” that comes with an increase in Muslim immigration, Jews and Muslims are in the same boat when it comes to t...
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German suspect planned 'massacre,' had explosives in car

The suspect in an attack on a German synagogue on Judaism's holiest day had around four kilograms (nearly nine pounds) of explosives in his car and wanted to carry out a massacre, Germany's top prosecutor said. As officials sought to reassure an unsettled Jewish community and address concern about rising right-wing extremism, Germany's president visited the scene of the attack in Halle and urged his nation to stand up for its Jewish compatriots.
Tags: News, Germany, Judaism, Halle


Germany shooting: Jewish leader criticises police 'negligence'

Police were not guarding the synagogue attacked in Halle - yet it was Yom Kippur, a major festival.
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Questions raised over police protection for German synagogue

HALLE, Germany (AP) — Questions are being raised about police response after an attack on a synagogue in the German city of Halle after a gunman tried unsuccessfully to enter the house of worship during Yom Kippur observances and killed two people nearby. The head of Germany’s Jewish community, Josef Schuster, called the absence of […]
Tags: News, Germany, Ap, Nation, Halle Germany, Halle, Josef Schuster


Halle attack: homemade guns jammed, preventing higher death toll

Footage streamed by gunman showed him becoming frustrated at malfunctioning weapons The deadly attack carried out by a masked gunman in eastern Germany would have ended with many more victims if his homemade firearms had not malfunctioned, footage broadcast on a livestreaming platform suggests.The gunman, who tried to force his way into a synagogue in the town of Halle on Wednesday before killing two people, broadcast his rampage on the Twitch platform. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Germany, UK News, World news, Gun crime, Halle


Jammed homemade guns appeared to stop Halle attacker killing more

Footage streamed by gunman shows him becoming frustrated at malfunctioning weapons The deadly attack carried out by a masked gunman in eastern Germany would have ended with many more victims if his homemade firearms had not malfunctioned, footage broadcast on a livestreaming platform suggests.The gunman, who tried to force his way into a synagogue in the town of Halle on Wednesday before killing two people, broadcast his rampage on the Twitch platform. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Germany, UK News, World news, Gun crime, Halle



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