German court rules burning of synagogue a legitimate form of criticism

In a blatant act of anti-Semitism a German court has ruled the burning of a synagogue to be a legitimate form of political criticism.

When in 2014, three Palestinian Germans set ablaze a synagogue in Wuppertal it was clearly done in an act of hate.  The regional court however, recently ruled their actions to be justified as they said the end goal of the attack was to bring “attention to the Gaza Strip”.

It’s important to point out that Israel was at war with Gaza when this firebombing attack happened.  Their incursion upon the Gaza Strip however, was them simply exercising their right of defense as they were bombarded by constant rocket barrage, which left civilians fearing for their life. Many misinterpreted it as a blatant attack on Gazan civilians though, due to the cacophony of hysteria that pervaded the media/internet during the conflict, however to set fire to a synagogue, in Germany of all places, should not and cannot be classified as ‘legitimate criticism.’

It was only 79 years ago, when the Kristallnacht pogroms took place and the original synagogue in Wuppertal was burnt down.

To fail to condemn this brutal act, is ominously reminiscent of these ghastly times.

Why was this ruling made as it was?

Was it made to not ‘offend’ these criminals and others living in Germany?  Was it made for the sake of political correctness?.

Indeed, Green Party MP Volker Beck got it right when he said, “This is a decision as far as the motives of the perpetrators are concerned. What do Jews in Germany have to do with the Middle East conflict? Every bit as much as Christians, non-religious people or Muslims in Germany, namely, absolutely nothing. The ignorance of the judiciary toward anti-Semitism is for many Jews in Germany especially alarming.”

Beck is right in his assertion.  Jews in Germany have nothing to do with Israel’s actions; and to let this go unpunished can set a dangerous precedence for times to come.


About Jake Beaumont 58 Articles
BA in Media Studies from the University of Guelph. Graduated from the University of Guelph-Humber with a Diploma in Journalism. Former Research Analyst for Honest Reporting Canada. Published in the Huffington Post, Vancouver Province and many other newspapers across Canada. Specializes in Middle-East politics. Currently situated in Toronto.


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