German Halle synagogue attack nazi murders two


This 9 October 2019 video says about itself:

Halle: Eyewitness describes shooting in Germany

Two people died and two more were severely injured in the eastern German city of Halle on Wednesday after a gunman opened fire in the city’s Paulus quarter. Speaking to German broadcaster RTL, an eyewitness said he had been in a kebab shop when a man with a helmet and military jacket approached, caused a small, loud explosion and then started shooting, sending people to flee to the back of the shop.

By Johannes Stern in Germany:

German Nazi murders two in Yom Kippur Synagogue attack

10 October 2019

The attack by a Nazi killer on the synagogue in Halle has left two people dead and several injured. Carried out on the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, the murderous rampage was intended to demonstrate that anti-Semitism remains a significant political force in Germany. The attack demonstrates, in a horrific manner, the dark political reality in Germany: Almost 75 years after the fall of the Third Reich, the country has, once again, a serious Nazi and anti-Semitic problem, which has led to death and serious injury.

It is clear that the assassinations in Halle were right-wing extremist terror attacks. The suspect is 27-year-old Stephan Balliet from Saxony-Anhalt, who has since been arrested. His rampage recalls that of the right-wing Australian-born terrorist Brentan Tarrant, who attacked two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand last March, killing 51 people. Like Tarrant, Balliet was heavily armed and wore a helmet and army clothing. He filmed his bloody rampage and transmitted it via livestream to the Internet.

The more than 30-minute video shows Balliet shooting a passer-by near Halle’s Jewish cemetery, and a guest in a kebab shop near the synagogue. Previously, the right-wing terrorist had tried to enter the Jewish religious building in order to kill the 70 to 80 worshippers there. On the run, Balliet injured two other people in Landsberg, Saxony.

Max Privorozki, chairman of the Jewish community in Halle, told the news magazine Spiegel Online how his community barely escaped a massacre: “The perpetrator shot several times at the door and threw several Molotov cocktails, firecrackers or grenades to penetrate it. But the door stayed shut; God protected us. The whole thing lasted maybe five to ten minutes.”

The video shows that the assassin acted out of hatred for foreigners and Jews. According to media reports, he repeatedly scolded “Kanaken”,

term of abuse for, eg, people of Turkish ancestry

denied the Holocaust and made extremely anti-Semitic statements in his poor English.

Despite the holiday, the synagogue was not protected by police. Balliet was able to shoot for minutes, murder two people and drive away undisturbed, before alarmed police arrived.

Josef Schuster, chairman of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, noted, “It’s a shocking experience, but it’s a development we’ve warned against in recent years.” Parts of society have drifted to the extreme right; words have been followed by deeds. He saw what has happened “not as an isolated case, but as a clear development.”

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

In May, Seehofer’s [German] department [of the Interior] published figures on so-called politically motivated crime. The report (.pdf) showed that nearly 1,800 anti-Semitic offences were counted in Germany last year: nearly 20 percent more than a year earlier.

This included violence, but also the use of anti-Semitic symbols such as the swastika. In nearly 90 percent of the registered cases, the offender had an extreme right-wing background. The number of xenophobic incidents

like the killing of the person of Turkish ancestry in the Halle attack yesterday

also increased by 20 percent from 2017 to 2018, to 7,700. …

Earlier this year a study was also published about the experiences of Jews from all over Europe with anti-Semitism. …

Of all respondents, young Jews from Germany said they had suffered the most (41 percent) from anti-Semitism.

The Johannes Stern article continues:

Responsibility for this bloody deed lies with the ruling class. The hypocritical expressions of condolence by Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and President Frank-Walter Steinmeier (SPD) last evening cannot conceal this fact. In recent years, the entire ruling class, along with the media, have systematically created the ideological climate and political conditions for right-wing terror.

In tandem with the AfD it has built up a right-wing extremist party, whose chairman Alexander Gauland glorifies the Wehrmacht [of Adolf Hitler] and describes Hitler and the Nazis as “bird shit in over 1000 years of successful German history.” The grand coalition has made the AfD the official leader of the parliamentary opposition since the 2017 federal elections, integrated it into the parliamentary framework and adopted its refugee policy one-to-one.

At the same time, it allows the radical right-wing terrorist networks, which reach deep into the army, police and secret services, maintaining death lists, with the names of several thousand targeted persons, to operate almost unharmed. As in the case of the series of murders committed by the neo-Nazi National Socialist Underground (NSU), the recent case of Kassel District President Walter Lübcke (CDU), who was murdered in May, revealed how close the links are between the state—and, in particular the Office for the Protection of the Constitution—and the right-wing terrorists.

According to the official statistics of the Federal Criminal Police Office, a total of 497 right-wing extremists remain at large, although arrest warrants have been issued against them.

As in the Weimar Republic, the ruling class primarily uses the rearmament of the state apparatus, which is shot through with right-wing extremist elements, to intensify action against the left.

In the current report of the Verfassungsschutz (Office for the Protection of the Constitution), the Interior Ministry’s secret service, the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei (Socialist Equality Party—SGP) has, for the second time in a row, been listed as an “object of observation”, because it fights against right-wing extremism and advocates a socialist program that, according to the accusation of the secret service, is directed “against alleged nationalism, imperialism and militarism.” Mass protests against the AfD, such as the “Rock gegen Rechts” concert in Chemnitz last September, have also been defamed as “left-wing extremist” by the Office for the Protection of the Constitution.

The right-wing offensive is supported by influential university academics who, as in the Third Reich under the Nazis, play a key role in the ideological preparation for dictatorship and war.

At the end of August, Bernhard Kempen, chairman of the German Association of University Professors and Lecturers (Deutscher Hochschulverband), gave a television interview backing the right-wing radical historian Jörg Baberowski. Kempen denounced any criticism of Baberowski’s anti-refugee viewpoint and apologetics for the Nazis (“Hitler was not vicious”) as “terrorism of opinion and conviction” [“Meinungs- und Gessinungsterrorismus”]. Most recently, Baberowski failed to establish a centre for dictatorship research at the Humboldt University in Berlin, due to the immense opposition of the student body.

Five years ago, the SGP warned of the consequences of the return of German militarism at a Special Conference Against War in Berlin. Only a few months after Steinmeier, then Foreign Minister, had declared at the Munich Security Conference in 2014, that Germany was “too big to merely comment on world politics from the sidelines,” we analysed the objective driving forces behind the return of German militarism, and explained:

The propaganda of the post-war era—that Germany had learnt from the terrible crimes of the Nazis, had ‘arrived at the West’, had embraced a peaceful foreign policy, and had developed into a stable democracy—is exposed as lies. German imperialism is once again showing its real colours as it emerged historically, with all of its aggressiveness at home and abroad.

Five years later, this assessment is being dramatically confirmed. The far-right terror in Halle aims to establish anti-Semitism and Nazism, once again, as an influential political force in Germany. It is being used by the ruling class, as in the 1930s, to arm the oppressive state apparatus, advance militarism and suppress growing social and political resistance.

The only social force that can stop the fascist danger and a relapse into barbarism is the international working class.

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German nazi murders at synagogue, kebab shop


This 9 October 2019 German video, by right-wing daily Bild, says about itself (translated):

Right-wing terror in Halle +++ Neo-Nazi Stephan Balliet streamed his attack live

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

The perpetrator of the attack in Halle, Germany, has recorded the murder of two people on video. The images were uploaded on video site Twitch. The clip lasts nearly 36 minutes and is similar to the footage Brenton Tarrant made of the Christchurch massacre in New Zealand in March of this year.

The shooter in Halle seems to act alone. Because his weapon repeatedly jams, kiling of more victims was prevented.

German media report that the perpetrator is 27-year-old Stephan B. … He films himself at the start of the video and calls himself ‘anon’. That’s a term for anonymous users on forums like 8chan. He calls Jews “the cause of all problems” and denies the Holocaust. He also complains about feminism and mass immigration.

Bucket full of explosives

You can see how he drives to a synagogue. He can not come in, after which he fires a few shots at the door. He then applies a home-made explosive device to a side door. A bucket full of explosives can be seen in his car. The man tries to find another entrance but does not succeed. He walks around the synagogue in a swearing and ranting tone.

A woman passer-by who talks to him is cold-bloodedly murdered. The man drives away and stops again at a street corner where he walks into a [Turkish owned] döner-kebab shop. Two men can escape because the shooter’s gun repeatedly jams.

Back on the street, he shoots at a passer-by again, but he doesn’t seem to hit. He then goes after two workmen and shoots at them, but they also escape.

“Weapons worthless”

The shooter then returns to the kebab shop and shoots a man dead who is hiding in a corner. When he leaves the shop again, the gunman complains about his weapons: “I have proven that improvised weapons are worthless.”

He is then blocked by police, whom he shoots at repeatedly. He is injured in the neck himself. “I don’t know if I’m going to die,” he says. When the man manages to escape, he listens to music and apparently by chance to a radio program about the arms trade.

After barely half an hour he apparently throws the camera or telephone out of the car window. The images continue to run for a few minutes while cars drive over the camera.

Lethal German nazi attack on synagogue, Turks


This 9 October 2019 German video says about itself, translated:

Killers came with bulletproof vests and guns: attack on synagogue in Halle

Attack on the synagogue in the Paulus district in Halle! At least two people were killed!

With several weapons, shots were fired on Wednesday afternoon. Several armed culprits were on the run, a police spokeswoman said. There was now one person arrested.

Also, at least two people were injured.

Dutch NOS TV reports that the violent neo-nazis also threw hand grenades. They not only fired shots at the synagogue, but also at a döner kebab business. These businesses are mostly owned by people of Turkish ancestry.

Nevertheless, Dutch right-wing site GeenStijl initially claimed the murderers were Muslims; while it looks a lot more like Islamophobes.

In German media, it is suspected they are so-called mittelfränkische Neonazis, originally from the NPD party in Bavaria.

Halle Police said the two victims of the attack are a woman, who was killed at the synagogue, and a man, who was killed at the kebab shop. … The car used by the suspect seen in video obtained by CNN shooting behind a grey car is registered to the town of Euskirchen, North Rhine–Westfalia, which is 263 miles from Halle. … António Guterres, the UN Secretary-General, strongly condemned the Halle, Germany, attack, according to a statement given through his deputy spokesman. He regards this as “yet another tragic demonstration of anti-Semitism — perpetrated on the holy day of Yom Kippur — which needs to be fought with the utmost determination”: here.

Dutch mosque arsonist convicted


This 25 March 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

‘This could happen anywhere’: Police investigate possible arson at California mosque

Graffiti referencing the terrorist attacks in New Zealand was found March 24 at a mosque fire in Escondido, California, according to police.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

A man from Leeuwarden has been sentenced to 36 months in prison, of which 14 months suspended sentence, for arson at a mosque in his place of residence. He also has to pay compensation of around 1300 euros.

The man went to the mosque on April 23 at night and put a few bags of garbage against the door. He set these on fire, after which he ran away.

A few minutes later a passer-by saw the fire. The passer-by immediately alerted the imam who lived in the mosque. Together they extinguished the fire.

Great danger

… He [the perpetrator] says he thought it was an empty building, but the court does not agree. The man lived close to the mosque and according to the judges he must have seen that several hundred people came to the mosque every week. …

The court says that the man with his action has caused great danger to the mosque and to the imam. In addition, the judges blame the man for causing fear in the local religious community. During the court case, representatives of the mosque said that since the arson, far fewer people come to the mosque, despite the extra security measures that have been taken.

Norwegian mosque gunman news update


This 11 August 2019 United States TV video from Norway says about itself:

Norway mosque worshipper recounts encounter with gunman

A worshipper recounted on Sunday (August 11) how he wrestled with a gunman who fired shots into a mosque in Baerum, Norway on Saturday (August 10), in what is now being treated as a potential terrorist attack.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

The 21-year-old man suspected of committing an attack on a mosque in Norway claims he is innocent. He also denies having murdered his 17-year-old step-sister.

The lifeless body of the young woman was found in the man’s house after the attack. Furthermore, the man refuses to talk to police, his lawyer said.

Later today he will be in court. That session takes place behind closed doors.

Safety precautions

On Saturday a terrorist with shotguns entered the Al-Noor mosque in Bærum, near Oslo. He fired four shots. A person was slightly injured … The suspect was quickly overpowered, eg, by a 65-year-old mosque visitor.

According to correspondent Dirk Evers, that was no coincidence. The mosque had taken measures since the racist attack on two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch, where 51 people died. …

Inspired by other terrorists

Yesterday it was announced that the Norwegian police suspect the man of attempted terror. He has right-wing extremist ideas and is said to have announced his attack on the small online forum Endchan.

He may have been inspired by the Christchurch terrorist. He placed his extreme right-wing manifesto on the controversial forum 8chan. The perpetrator of the racist attack in El Paso last weekend (22 dead) also placed a similar manifesto on 8chan.

The suspect is believed to be Philip Manshaus; an admirer of World War II Norwegian nazi leader Vidkun Quisling. Quisling helped the German occupiers to deport Norwegian Jews (and Norwegian Sami, whom Quisling also considered to be an ‘inferior race’) to death camps.

POLICE INVESTIGATING NORWAY MOSQUE SHOOTING AS TERROR An attack by a gunman at a Norwegian mosque on Saturday will be investigated as a possible act of terrorism. The suspected shooter at the al-Noor Islamic Centre near the Norwegian capital had expressed far-right, anti-immigrant views online, assistant chief of police Rune Skjold said. [Reuters]

While only three people were present at the time of the attack, more than a dozen had been praying in the mosque for the Eid al-Adha Islamic holiday only 10 minutes earlier. Had Manshaus struck a short time before, a large number of people may have been killed. Manshaus is also suspected of murdering his 17-year-old adopted Chinese stepsister, whose body was found at the family home on Saturday. … Both Tarrant and Manshaus cited Breivik as a role model. Manshaus’ Instagram account contains three pictures: two of himself, and one of Breivik performing the Nazi salute in court: here.

Norway Warns Of Possible Far-Right Terror Attack In The Next Year. The country’s domestic security agency says there’s a risk that extremists have been emboldened to act after a series of far-right terror attacks earlier this year.

USA: White Supremacists Committed At Least 73 Murders Since Charlottesville: ADL: here.

MAN ARRESTED FOR THREATENING TO SHOOT UP WALMART Police said they’ve arrested a 26-year-old Florida man suspected of being a white supremacist for allegedly threatening to shoot up a Walmart right after a gunman killed nearly two dozen people at one of the superstores in El Paso, Texas. [HuffPost]

Norwegian mosque gunman is a neo-nazi


This 11 August 2019 video says about itself:

Norway: ‘There’s blood everywhere,’ says head of mosque after shooting

A worshipper at a mosque in Norway overpowered a black-clad gunman wearing a bulletproof vest, says Irfan Mushtaq, the director of the al-Noor Islamic Centre in Baerum. One person was injured in the attack, police said. Images of police and paramedics on scene, near Oslo.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Perpetrator of attack on Norwegian mosque posted his nazi sympathies online

The Norwegian police are investigating the attack on a mosque yesterday as an act of terror. The 20-year-old attacker has right-wing extremist ideas. According to the police, he expressed his sympathy online for Vidkun Quisling, the nazi prime minister of Norway during the Second World War.

Yesterday afternoon, just after four o’clock, the man invaded the Al-Noor mosque in Bærum, near Oslo. He fired four shots. A man was slightly injured. … The shooter was overpowered by 65-year-old mosque goer Mohamed Rafiq, writes the Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten.

This picture shows Mohamed Rafiq.

After the attack, a dead woman was found in the suspect’s apartment. The police did not want to say who the woman is and what happened. The woman was, however, a “close acquaintance” of the suspect. The police suspect the man of murder. He has not been questioned yet.

Endchan

Before the attack, the man is said to have have announced his act on the small online forum Endchan. He also wanted the attack to be streamed live on Facebook, but that didn’t work. The man said he was inspired by the perpetrator of the racist attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, where 51 people died. He placed his extreme right-wing manifesto on the similar forum 8chan, known as a “cradle of hatred”.

The perpetrator of the racist attack in El Paso last weekend (22 dead) also placed his extreme right-wing manifesto on 8chan. That site then went offline, because the companies that kept the site up no longer wanted to cooperate with it. It was expected that users would go to other, comparable platforms. Endchan is now also offline.

Endchan claims the site will return.