Anti-Semitic German synagogue shooting was livestreamed on Twitch

Elias Hubbard
October 10, 2019

"I am convinced that if there had been police protection there, in all probability the assailant would not have been able to attack a second site", he said. MDR reported that he lived with his mother in Benndorf, west of Halle. The alleged shooter and the victims have not yet been identified by authorities.

The official said the suspect was a 27-year-old from Benndorf, Germany, who was not known to police or intelligence and claimed he was acting alone.

"Had there been police here yesterday, this would have ended differently", Max Privorozki, chairman of the Jewish community in Halle, told The Washington Post.

In the neighboring federal state of Saxony, authorities sent additional police units to protect synagogues, a spokesman confirmed. "They considered the situation be under control", he recalled.

Police enter a Jewish cemetery over a wall near the scene of the shooting. In the Czech Republic, the Federation of the Jewish Communities reported a rise in anti-Semitic incidents previous year.

In Canada, the government reported a four per cent dip in anti-Semitic attacks previous year - but only after a sharp rise in 2017. Deadly synagogue attacks in Pittsburgh and in Poway, Calif., have also rocked the Jewish community in the United States.

In the video, the man arrives at the building to find the doors locked.

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"We all know, we only just avoided a awful attack on the people in the synagogue", she added.

The German national is due to appear in court on Thursday afternoon.

Breathing heavily, the person tries and fails to get into the synagogue.

Inside the synagogue were 70 to 80 worshipers, according to a local Jewish leader.

"Want to be friends?" he asked with a smirk at the start of his live-streamed rampage through the city of Halle, later cursing and apologising to his invisible audience for failing to shoot the congregation praying inside. According to the manifesto attributed to the suspect, he also used 3-D printed components to manufacture his equipment. Conrad Roessler said the man then shot into the shop at least once. Police shoot him, but he escapes and continues to drive.

Wednesday's attack drew quick condemnation.

In the video, reminiscent of the Christchurch shooting, the man reportedly denies the Holocaust, and rails against feminism and mass immigration, which he blames on the Jewish people.

Earlier, President Frank-Walter Steinmeier visited the synagogue and told reporters: "Today is a day of shame and disgrace". There has been rising concern lately about both anti-Semitism and right-wing extremism.

Offering her condolences to the relatives of the victims on Thursday, Merkel vowed to combat anti-Semitism by investing more into political education and prevention efforts.

"We have been saying for several years that anti-Semitism is real, it's resurgent, it's lethal and it's multi-sourced", American Jewish Committee CEO David Harris said in an interview.

Mr Luebcke's killing has deeply shaken Germany, raising questions about whether it has failed to take seriously a rising threat from right-wing extremists.

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