The leaders of the Euro-Asian Jewish Congress and representatives of the Jewish communities of the region are deeply saddened by the news of the terrorist attack in the German city of Halle that targeted the local synagogue and Jewish cemetery. We express our deepest condolences to the families of the victims and pray that the world wound be cured of of xenophobia and anti-Semitism.
According to press reports, during a prayer on Yom Kippur, when 70-80 people were present in the building, the offender tried to get into the synagogue, throwing Molotov cocktails, firecrackers and grenades. At the same time, a grenade was thrown at the Jewish cemetery located near the synagogue. Then the attacker went into the neighboring kebab shop and opened fire, as a result of which two people were killed, and two more were injured.