More Protection, "Honest" Authorities: Politics Discusses Consequences of Halle

              Friday, October 11, 2019


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              In Germany there are about 12,000 violent right-wing extremists. Nevertheless, the security authorities could not stop the assassin of Halle. Such omissions must be eliminated, it says across party. In addition, the focus is on the protection of Jewish institutions.
              After Halle's anti-Semitic attack, calls for better protection of synagogues are increasing. EU anti-Semitism commissioner Katharina von Schnurbein called on all EU Member States to provide adequate protection for Jewish institutions and to finance security measures. "There are a number of states that have some catching up to do," she told the newspapers in the Funke Mediengruppe. In some cases, Jewish communities would have to spend 50 percent of their budget on security measures. "The security of Jewish communities is the responsibility and responsibility of each state," Schnurbein warned. Similarly expressed the CDU chairman Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer. "Jewish institutions must enjoy absolute protection in Germany," she told the Berlin newspaper "Tagesspiegel". Therefore, it must be clarified, "why the synagogue in Halle on this high Jewish holiday did not have this protection." "Much not perceived" In addition, right-wing extremist, anti-Semitic and Islamist networks should be smashed, demanded the Federal Minister of Defense. Halle's right-wing extremist, anti-Semitic terrorist attack demands the full rigor of the constitutional state. "Federal Justice Minister Christine Lambrecht also called for better protection of Jewish communities. Politics, justice and security authorities would have to commit themselves, "that we better protect Jewish citizens in this country," she said in the ARD.Zugleich admitted the SPD politician failures of the security authorities in the fight against right-wing extremism. "I am of the opinion that we have not perceived much of this country in this drama, in this meaning and that it is all the more important to act now energetically, decisively and consistently as a rule of law." "Honest" authorities and politicsAlso Saxony-Anhalt Prime Minister Reiner Haseloff was in favor of questioning the mechanisms of the security authorities. Although it is known that there are about 24,000 right-wing extremists in Germany and about half of them are violent, apparently no security organ had the offender "within the normal system" on screen, said Haseloff in the evening on ZDF. In order to be able to exclude such cases in the future, new techniques, more international cooperation and a review of the own legal framework "in the sense of effectiveness" are needed. Civil rights should not be questioned. Thuringia's constitutional protection chief Stephan J. Kramer also urged security authorities and politicians to "honest" about legal terrorism. The problem had been reduced for a long time and superimposed by Islamism, he said on ZDF. However, there has been a change of course in various security agencies for about two years. Now it is recognized that it is "not only about the violent, but also about the ideological right-wing extremism". North Rhine-Westphalia screwing up protection North Rhine-Westphalia has already taken the first measures: the state has, according to a report by the "Rheinische Post" protection started up at a Jewish institution. The number of facilities guarded by police around the clock is now raised from 3 to 26. These include synagogues, Jewish parish and elderly centers as well as Jewish day care centers. The remaining 41 Jewish objects of protection in NRW are regularly observed by police patrols. A suspected right-wing extremist had shot a man and a woman on Wednesday near the synagogue in Halle an der Saale. According to investigators, he wanted in the synagogue on the highest Jewish holiday Yom Kippur a "massacre" cause, but did not get into the church. The suspect Stephan B. was issued on Thursday evening arrest warrant.

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