Two Murdered in an attack Outside a German Synagogue on Yom Kippur

by Avi Abelow

The shooter tried repeatedly to shoot at the synagogue door to break it open and kill the Jews inside. As you can see in the video, thank G-d the door held firm and he couldn’t break in!

Two are dead in a shooting in the east German city of Halle outside a synagogue on Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish calendar when most Jews spend the day in prayer in Synagogues around the world.

The video shows a man in apparent military gear firing shots in the street.

A shooter had a gropro video on his helmet and filmed the attack. At one point he gets out of the car right in front of the Synagogue, shoots at the synagogue door repeatedly, but is unsuccessful in breaking in. He then continues on the shooting spree.

Police have one suspect in custody and they are searching for at least one more person.

The shooting took place in front of the synagogue, and a hand grenade was also flung into a Jewish cemetery. The shooter also shot into other shops on the street.

Max Privorotzki, who heads the Jewish community in Halle, told Spiegel Online that the perpetrators had apparently sought to enter the synagogue in the Paulus district but security measures in place helped to “withstand the attack.”

“We saw through the camera of our synagogue that a heavily armed perpetrator wearing a steel helmet and rifle was trying to shoot open our door. Between 70 and 80 people were in the synagogue then.”

“We barricaded our doors from inside and waited for the police. In between, we carried on with our service.”

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