Germany’s Domestic Spy Agency Warns War in Gaza Stoking New Antisemitic Alliances

(Reuters) – Germany’s domestic intelligence agency warned on Wednesday that the war between Israel and the Hamas terror group is creating new alliances among the country’s antisemitic groups and raising the risk of attacks.

“Antisemitism and hostility toward Israel are the connecting elements among Islamists, German and Turkish left- and right-extremists, and people belonging to extremist Palestinian organizations,” said the agency’s president, Thomas Haldenwang.

“The common concept of Israel as an enemy creates old and new connections between some of these players that in the future could lead in some cases to stronger cooperation,” he added.

Security authorities are facing parallel crises and threat situations that have been intensified by Hamas’s Oct. 7 attack on Israel, according to Haldenwang.

He spoke of a new quality to threats by Islamists to carry out attacks in the West that has recently emerged.

“The danger is real and higher than it has been for a long time,” said Haldenwang.

Security authorities are working “at full speed” to ensure the safety of Jewish people and Israeli institutions, as well as major events, he added.

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