Germany synagogue shooter livestreamed attack on Twitch
Unfortunately, mass shooters are still livestreaming their attacks. Twitch has confirmed to CNBC that the shooter who attacked a synagogue in Halle, Germany was broadcasting the murders on its service. The company has pulled the 35-minute clip and reiterated its "zero-tolerance" policies against hate and violence, adding that it would ban anyone trying to repost the material. The content doesn't appear to be available on Twitch as of this writing, although CNBC said it found downloadable copies on sites like 4chan (which also had Christchurch shooting videos in that attack's immediate aftermath).
In the aftermath of the synagogue attack deputy finance minister Mickey Levy, a former police commander, warned of the same risk. On Tuesday he told an Israeli parliamentary committee that much of the tension since the summer was being driven by still strong anger among Palestinians over
The attack on Wednesday coincides with growing political polarization in Germany . Anti-Semitic crimes, including vandalism of tombstones and synagogues “The attack in Halle on Yom Kippur, the most important Jewish holiday, leaves us all with immense pain and with fear ,” Josef Schuster, head
BERLIN (Reuters) - As Jews left Yom Kippur prayers across Germany on Wednesday, they were jolted by word that an anti-Semitic gunman had attacked a synagogue in the eastern city of Halle hours before, killing two people.
Shooting near German synagogue was livestreamed on Twitch
A video showed the shooter railing against feminism and denying the Holocaust.The shooter failed to enter the synagogue in Halle, Germany, but wreaked havoc, including the deaths of the two individuals, before driving away. The man used a Galaxy S8 on a helmet to record his crime while wearing a kevlar vest. Wednesday is Yom Kippur, the holiest day for Judaism. Inside the synagogue were 70 to 80 worshipers, according to a local Jewish leader. All were safe and unharmed.
A shooting outside a synagogue in the eastern German city of Halle left two people dead and two injured. Interior Minister Seehofer confirmed an anti-Semitic motive. "The brutality of the attack surpasses everything we have seen in recent years, and is deeply shocking to all Jews in Germany ."
The man accused of attacking a synagogue in Germany broadcast his attack on the Twitch live-streaming video platform. Police officers secure a synagogue in Halle. At least two people have been killed in the shootings at multiple locations in Germany .
The news heightened fears of more anti-Semitic violence in a nation still scarred by the Holocaust and witnessing the rise of the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) party.
"It's very scary," said Samuel Tsarfati, a 27-year-old stage director, as he left a Berlin synagogue with fellow French national Samuel Laufer.
The pair, who live and work in the German capital, had spent the holiest day in the Jewish calendar secluded in prayer and switched off their mobile phones for 25 hours of fasting.
Other members of Germany's 200,000-strong Jewish community expressed similar alarm over the attack. After trying to blast into the Halle synagogue, a lone suspect killed a woman outside and a man in a nearby kebab shop.
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The American Jewish Committee and the Jewish Federations of North America called for Jews and non- Jews to attend synagogue services on the Shabbat following the attack , under the hashtag #ShowUpForShabbat. NBC News reported thousands of people around the world attended services in
HALLE, Germany (Reuters) - Two people were killed in shooting attacks on a synagogue and a nearby kebab shop in the eastern German city of Halle on Wednesday and one suspect was arrested, but two others fled in a hijacked a car, officials said. The violence occurred on Yom Kippur, the holiest
"It's not a coincidence it happened in east Germany. The far-right AfD is very strong there," Tsarfati said. Leaders of the AfD, which made big gains in elections in two eastern states last month, condemned Wednesday's attack in Halle.
Attacks on Jews rose by 20% last year and were mainly carried out by right-wing extremists. Even before the Halle shooting, a heavy police presence guarded the synagogue in the trendy suburb of Prenzlauer Berg where Tsarfati and Lauferis attended prayers.
Jews and German politicians have been particularly worried by comments by Bjoern Hoecke, the AfD leader of eastern Thuringia state, that the Holocaust memorial in Berlin is a "monument of shame" and that schools should highlight German suffering in World War Two.
"What happened today shows that the AfD should not be underestimated," said Laufer. "AfD leaders like Hoecke don't want to see that their words encourage some people to kill."
From Germany to America, synagogues are frequently the target of attacks
Once considered places of refuge, synagogues around the world are often targeted.Anti-Semitic hate crimes have risen on German soil and in other European countries in recent years, with synagogues — once considered safe havens — frequently becoming targets.
Two people were killed in a shooting in the eastern German city of Halle on Wednesday outside a synagogue , as Jews observed the holiest day of Anti-Semitism is especially sensitive in Germany , which during World War Two was responsible for the genocide of 6 million Jews in the Nazi Holocaust.
An attack near a synagogue in the German town of Halle on Wednesday left at least two people dead. Police did not confirm that the attack targeted worshipers, but Jews around the world were Recent attacks in Germany highlight return of anti-Semitism. There were unconfirmed reports from
Hoecke was among the AfD leaders to condemn the Halle attack.
The Halle gunman broadcast anti-Semitic comments before he opened fire. Several German media outlets said he acted alone although police have not confirmed this.
The far-right AfD entered the national parliament for the first time two years ago, riding a wave of anger at Chancellor Angela Merkel's 2015 decision to welcome almost 1 million migrants. The party's rise has alarmed Jewish leaders who condemn the party's verbal attacks against Muslim migrants.
'BLINDED BY HATRED'
Charlotte Knobloch, a Holocaust survivor and president of the Jewish Community in Munich, suggested that the AfD's anti-immigrant rhetoric was contributing to an atmosphere of hate that encouraged political violence.
"This scary attack makes it clear how fast words can become acts of political extremism," she said in a statement. "I'd be interested to know what that AfD has to say about such excesses, for which it had prepared the ground with its uncultured hate and incitement."
At the gold-domed New Synagogue in Berlin's city center about 200 people, including Muslim leaders, held a vigil, some carrying Israeli flags and others holding candles. Merkel visited the synagogue in the evening and took part in prayers.
Renate Keller, a 76-year-old attending the vigil with her husband, said the attack in Halle showed that Germany was not doing enough to fight anti-Semitism.
"It scares me that after the Holocaust some people have learned nothing from our history, which still weighs on us today," she said. "People like the attacker have probably never met a Jew in their lives. They are just blinded by hatred."
Josef Schuster, president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, warned of the incendiary potential far-right politics.
"It shows that right-wing extremism is not only some kind of political development, but that it is highly dangerous and exactly the kind of danger that we have always warned against."
(Reporting by Joseph Nasr; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)
Twitch video of Germany shooting near Halle synagogue included anti-semitic motives .
A video showed the shooter railing against feminism and denying the Holocaust.The shooter failed to enter the synagogue in Halle, Germany, but wreaked havoc before driving away, including killing the two individuals. The man used a smartphone on a helmet to record his crime, while wearing a kevlar vest. Wednesday is Yom Kippur, the holiest day for Judaism. Inside the synagogue were 70 to 80 worshipers, according to a local Jewish leader. All were safe and unharmed.