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Attempted Firebombing at Synagogue in Berlin

German police officers stand guard in front of the building complex, center, of the Kahal Adass Jisroel community, which houses a synagogue, a kindergarten and a community center, in the center of Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2023. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
German police officers stand guard in front of the building complex, center, of the Kahal Adass Jisroel community, which houses a synagogue, a kindergarten and a community center, in the center of Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2023. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Police in Germany are investigating the attempted fire-bombing of a Berlin synagogue on Wednesday morning.

According to local media reports, two hooded individuals threw Molotov cocktails at the Kahal Adass Jisroel community then quickly fled the scene.  The incendiary devices were said to have ignited on the sidewalk in front of the building and caused no damage.

One man was arrested during the police response to the incident for causing a disruption and shouting anti-Israel slogans. The man arrested was described as wearing a Palestinian scarf.

Security measures have been increased around Jewish institutions in Germany following the October 7 terrorist incursion into southern Israel. 

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, while on a diplomatic trip to Egypt, condemned the attack saying, "I want to expressly say that I am outraged. It outrages me personally what some are shouting and doing, attacks on Jewish institutions and acts of violence on our streets are despicable and cannot be tolerated. Antisemitism has no place in Germany."

On Tuesday, a synagogue in the Tunisian city of Al Hammah was burned to the ground by anti-Israel rioters.

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