A German court has ruled that an arson attack undertook by Muslim men on a Wuppertal synagogue was not an act of anti-sematism but a criticism of Isreal .The petrol bombing was undertook by three Muslim Palastinians in 2014. The men have been named as “Mohamad E., Ismail A. and Mohammad A.” But there full names have not been disclosed by the German authorities.The attack caused $850 worth of damage to the building and could have been much worse.
The court ruled that the attack wasn’t anti semitic but instead was an act undertaken in a bid to “criticize Israel” and “bring attention to the Gaza conflict” The men involved have recieved suspended scentences. The judgement was criticised by Volker Beck, a leading Green Party MP who said “The ignorance of the judiciary toward anti-Semitism is for many Jews in Germany especially alarming.”
“It sets a legal cover to extremists and terrorists to ‘express’ their hatred the way that Hitler and company expressed their hatred of Jews,” Rabbi Abraham Cooper — associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles told the Huffington Post.