GERMAN Judge rules firebomb attack on synagogue by Muslims had “nothing to do with anti-semitism”

A German court in the city of Wuppertal convicted two Palestinian Muslims of an arson attack on a Synagogue but denied the crime was motivated by anti-semitism. The court’s decision stated that the goal of the attack was to bring “attention to the Gaza conflict.”


J Post  The Wuppertal court sentenced the two men, ages 24 and 29, to a suspended prison term of one year and three months.

The synagogue was attacked in the middle of the wave of anti-Israel and anti-semitic demonstrations that occurred in Europe last summer during the Gaza war, which were accompanied by many other attacks upon individual Jews and Jewish institutions. 

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.