What happened in Halle?
- On 9 October 2019 attack took place outside the synagogue of Halle an der Salle, in eastern Germany
- The attack was carried out by 28-year-old Stephan Balliet in military fatigues and heavily armed, reportedly shouting “the root of all problems is the Jews”.
- The perpetrator shot and killed a woman on the street and a man at a nearby kebab shop after failing to force his way through the heavy gate securing the synagogue, where 52 congregants were gathered for Yom Kippur services.
- There were no police guards on duty outside of the synagogue at the time.
Action, Not Words
World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder visited the synagogue soon after the attack in October and underscored that “action, not words” were needed in the fight against antisemitism. On his visit to Germany he also met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel to convey the need for stronger security of Jewish institutions.Read More
Antisemitism in Germany
In late May 2020, Interior Minister Horst Seehofer reported that antisemitic crimes in Germany had reached their highest levels since the country began recording such incidents in 2001. According to Seehofer, there were 2,032 reported antisemitic crimes last year in Germany. Over 90% of these crimes were perpetrated by far-right extremists.