Muslim riots in Berlin leave 20 police officers injured and men arrested for botched terror attack on synagogue

Rioters threw Molotov cocktails at a Jewish community building while others hurled fireworks and stones at police in multiple areas of the German capital

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German police officers stand guard in front of the building complex of the Kahal Adass Jisroel community, which houses a synagogue, a kindergarten and a community center, in the center of Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2023. The Kahal Adass Jisroel community said its synagogue in the city's Mitte neighborhood was attacked with two incendiary devices. Police confirmed the incident. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

At least 20 police officers were injured during a riot led by Muslim immigrants in the German capital of Berlin on Tuesday evening, and police chiefs have warned the city’s emergency services are “becoming targets of religious fanaticism.”

Pro-Palestinian activists took to the streets in an unregistered demonstration at the Brandenburg Gate and scenes soon turned ugly as protesters set fire to barricades and hurled stones and pyrotechnics at police officers and firefighters.

A large police presence was deployed to control the situation, and some officers were tasked with protecting the Holocaust memorial next to the Brandenburg Gate with police dogs as rioters chanted anti-Semitic slogans.

The riot is understood to have been sparked by a massive explosion at the al-Ahli Hospital in Gaza City, which claimed the lives of hundreds of civilians on Tuesday evening. The cause of the blast is currently unknown, with both the Israeli government and Palestine’s Hamas blaming each other for the explosion.

Police officers eventually used water canons to disperse the rioters and secure the area.

“We are experiencing the effects of a religious war on the streets of the capital, in which our emergency services are becoming targets of religious fanaticism,” said state police chief Stephan Weh on Wednesday.

There was also civil unrest in the Neukölln district of Berlin after Muslim rioters set fire to barricades, e-scooters, and a children’s playground. Firefighters responding to the scene reported that had been attacked with fireworks.

During an evening of violence in the German capital, police also arrested rioters in connection with a suspected arson attack on a Jewish community.

In the early hours of Wednesday morning, perpetrators threw Molotov cocktails at a Jewish institution run by the Kahal Adass Yisroel association on Brunnenstrasse in Berlin-Mitte. The community comprises a Jewish school and a synagogue.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz condemned the anti-Semitic attack on Wednesday.

“It outrages me personally what some of them are shouting and doing, and I am convinced that German citizens are of the same opinion as me,” Scholz told reporters during a visit to Egypt.

“We stand united for the protection also of Jews in Germany,” he added.

“We are all shocked by this terrorist attack,” said a spokesperson for Germany’s Central Council of Jews. “Above all, the families from the neighborhood around the synagogue are shocked and unsettled. Words become deeds. Hamas’ ideology of extermination against everything Jewish is also having an effect in Germany,” they added.

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