February 10, 2015 | Quote
German Court Rules that Firebomb of Synagogue Was Not Motivated by Anti-Semitism
A German court ruled last week that an firebomb attack on a synagogue in the city of Wuppertal in July was motivated by a desire to bring “attention to the Gaza conflict,” not anti-Semitism, Benjamin Weinthal reported Saturday in The Jerusalem Post.
Weinthal, a research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, reported:
“A German court in the city of Wuppertal convicted two German Palestinians on Thursday of an arson attack on a Synagogue but denied the crime was motivated by anti-Semitism, prompting Green Party deputy Volker Beck to urge the court to designate the act as anti-Semitic.
The Wuppertal court sentenced the two men, ages 24 and 29, to a suspended prison term of one year and three months. The two men, along with an 18-year-old juvenile, in July tossed Molotov cocktails at the synagogue in Wuppertal, a city in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia with a population of nearly 344,000. The court ordered all three to perform 200 hours of community service.”
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