Germany Ups Fight Against Anti-Semitism, Far-Right Extremism

A man wearing a kippah is seen next to a police vehicle outside the synagogue in Halle, Germany October 10, after two people were killed in a shooting. (Reuters/Fabrizio Bensch)

The German government has passed measures against far-right extremism and anti-Semitism following an attack on a synagogue earlier this month.

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Cabinet agreed Wednesday to tighten gun laws, step up prosecution of online hate, and boost financial support for projects fighting anti-Semitism and far-right extremism.

Justice Minister Christine Lambrecht says “the horrible attack on the Jewish community in Halle showed again what the unleashing of hatred online can lead to — we will fight far-right terrorism and anti-Semitism with all the power of the law.”

A 27-year-old German attempted to attack a synagogue in the eastern city of Halle on Oct. 9, later killing two passers-by before being arrested. The man posted an anti-Semitic screed before the attack and broadcast the shooting live on a popular online site.

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