The Point noted this case last year.
Three Muslims convicted of arson after hurling firebombs at a synagogue in Germany were motivated by trying to bring “attention to the Gaza conflict,” according to the judge who convicted them on Thursday, Jerusalem Post journalist Benjamin Weinthal reported.Now Weinthal reports on the final decision.
Several days prior to the firebombing, “Free Palestine” had been sprayed in paint on to the wall of the synagogue as well.
The two older attackers, ages 29 and 24, were given suspended sentences of 15 months in prison – which means they served no time – and together with their 18-year-old accomplice were ordered to perform 200 hours of community service.
The original Wuppertal synagogue was burned down by Germans during the pogrom of Kristallnacht in 1938, but the echoes of the past seem to be growing louder.
A German regional court in the city of Wuppertal affirmed a lower court decision last Friday stating that a violent attempt to burn the city's synagogue by three men in 2014 was a justified expression of criticism of Israel’s policies.The Judiche Algemeine has some pointed commentary.
Johannes Pinnel, a spokesman for the regional court in Wuppertal, outlined the court’s decision in a statement.
Three German Palestinians sought to torch the Wuppertal synagogue with Molotov cocktails in July, 2014. The local Wuppertal court panel said in its 2015 decision that the three men wanted to draw “attention to the Gaza conflict” with Israel. The court deemed the attack not to be motivated by antisemitism.
This is not just a test of the penal sanctions, but also their justification. Whoever tries to set a synagogue in Germany is not an anti-Semite but an Israel critic who has gone too far with his criticism... nobody would defend attacking a Hindu monastery to protest against the policies of India, or a mosque to oppose Erdogan... And whoever did such a thing could scarcely count on a judgeIn the eyes of the left, synagogue burnings are justified. When carried out by Muslims. But a pig's head outside a mosque is a horror.
Here's how the media greeted a mass of synagogue burnings by Muslims in Israel.
"Thousands of Palestinians swarmed into the forsaken settlements and youths set fire to synagogues and other symbols of the hated occupation," the London Times said lyrically describing the scene as arab looters ravaged the remains of the ethnically cleansed Jewish towns.No. Nothing has changed since the Holocaust. The left is happy to show that.
The Los Angeles Times referred to Palestinian destruction of the Jewish synagogues as "fury against the occupation":
"Many vented their fury over the occupation by laying waste to the synagogues that Israeli authorities chose to leave standing. At the Neve Dekalim synagogue, a hulking Star of David-shaped building visible from miles away, a club-wielding crowd had descended by early morning to smash every window and tear insulation from the walls and ceilings. ("Gaza Sites are Awash with Palestinians on a New Shore" Laura King and Ken Ellingwood, September 13, 2005)
London’s Telegraph similarly excused the vandalism, looting and destruction of Israel’s religious sites as "score-settling:
"Half a century of frustration erupted in chaotic euphoria yesterday as thousands of joyful Palestinians flooded into the abandoned Jewish settlements of Gaza in a riot of dancing, looting, and score-settling... The skies were yet to be lit by the rising sun when the first flames from burning synagogues could be seen, set alight by Palestinians incensed by years when the Israeli army ruthlessly defended the settlements". ("Synagogues Burn as Palestinians Retake Gaza" Said Ghazali and Tim Butcher, September 13, 2005)
CNN’s correspondent in the Gaza Strip, Matthew Chance, said, "This structure behind me --very controversial because it is the Jewish synagogue in the middle of Netzarim. The Israeli cabinet, of course, voting to leave those synagogues standing, very much angering the Palestinian Authority, because they know that these buildings are seen very much by the vast majority of Palestinians as potent symbols of the Israeli occupation and could not be protected or even left standing. And so we're seeing very sensitive scenes here over the past few hours as the Palestinian security forces move the civilians out of that synagogue and move their bulldozers in to take away these structures, again, seen as hated symbols of the Israeli occupation. So these are scenes that are very sensitive to the Palestinian Authority."
A September 12 Reuters article by Nidal al Mughrabi also used the "hated symbols" rationale to explain the torching of synagogues:
"Attacking symbols of the hated Israeli occupation, youths set ablaze several of the synagogues left behind in the 21 settlements evacuated last month under Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's plan to "disengage" from conflict. ("Israel Pulls Out of Gaza, Palestinians Rush In")