Sep 16, 2021 - World

German police detain 4 on Yom Kippur for alleged synagogue threat

Police officers block a street in  North Rhine-Westphalia, Hagen on Sept. 15, 2021.
Police officers block a street in Hagen, Germany, on Sept. 15. Photo: Henning Kaiser/picture alliance via Getty Images

German police on Thursday detained four people in connection with an alleged plot to attack a synagogue in the western city of Hagen, AP reports.

The big picture: The arrests coincided with Yom Kippur, the holiest day in Judaism, and come two years after a German right-wing extremist attacked a synagogue in the eastern town of Halle, killing two.

  • The 2019 attack is considered one of the worst anti-Semitic assaults in the country’s post-war history, AP notes.

Driving the news: Foreign intelligence services tipped off German security officials about the threat, AP reported, citing Der Spiegel.

  • A 16-year-old — one of the four people detained — allegedly said in an online chat that he was planning to attack a synagogue with explosives.
  • The police also searched several homes in Hagen before detaining four, per AP.
  • A service planned for Wednesday night at the synagogue in Hagen was canceled due to the threat.

What they're saying: "It is intolerable that Jews are again exposed to such a horrible threat and that they cannot celebrate the start of their highest holiday, Yom Kippur, together," German Justice Minister Christine Lambrecht said.

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