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Muslim Migrant Confessed to Baseball-Bat Attack on Pres. of Jewish Community and Synagogue in Graz

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It is, by far, the number one contribution the hijrah (Muslim immigration) has made to the West — Islamic antisemitism.

Before the attack on the Jewish leader Elie Rosen — the president of the Jewish community in Graz — he said last week that the rampant antisemitism plaguing Austria (and Europe) , “It’s not right-wing extremist, it wasn’t völkisch (racist), you can see that clearly,” Rosen commented in an interview with the Wiener Zeitung. “In Graz we are increasingly dealing with left-wing and anti-Israel [Islamic] antisemitism.”

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Related: President of Jewish Community Attacked with Baseball Bat In Graz, Austrian Chancellor Shocked

Translated from Orf.at:

According to Nehammer, an Islamist motif

After the attacks on the synagogue in Graz and the President of the Graz Jewish Community, Elie Rosen, a 31-year-old Syrian made a confession. Interior Minister Karl Nehammer (ÖVP) announced on Monday. According to Nehammer, there is an Islamist motif. Corresponding evidence was found in the man’s apartment.

The man is a refugee from Syria who has been in Austria since 2013. The interior minister said the suspect was arrested at 8:25 p.m. on Sunday.

The weapons were also found – an armchair leg that had been used for a baton and stones in the man’s backpack – according to Nehammer.

“The man was questioned until the early hours of the morning, he has confessed in full. The investigators assume that it is an Islamist motive, corresponding evidence was secured in his apartment, “said Nehammer on Monday at a press conference in the Ministry of the Interior, attended by Rosen and the President of the Israelite Community (IKG) Vienna , Oskar Deutsch, took part.

Attacks against other facilities

The man had also carried out further damage to property, including against a Catholic church and a restaurant belonging to the gay and lesbian association Rosalila Pantherinnen. He was made responsible for seven crimes in Graz, as it was said. Nehammer spoke of “harrowing” and “absolutely unacceptable” incidents. “What is happening here is not just a subject of criminal law in itself,” said Nehammer, rather the fundamental and freedoms of the Republic of Austria were attacked by this attack, as was religious freedom. A process of withdrawing asylum status has been initiated.

Defaced synagogue on the remains of the synagogue that was destroyed in 1938. The bricks used to construct the outer wall of the synagogue — salvaged from the original building that was burned down during the Nazi “Kristallnacht” pogrom of November 1938 — were said to have been badly damaged by the vandalism.

It is a common social concern for everyone “that Jewish life can be lived safely and, above all, joyfully. As the federal government, we will do everything we can to ensure that. ”After the press conference, his office said that the minister had ordered all synagogues to be guarded around the clock from now on – by uniformed officers and civil servants . Nehammer emphasized that potential (copycat) perpetrators need to be aware that “we are doing everything we can to protect the facilities”.

No allegations of lack of police protection

When asked, Rosen did not want to make “no reproach” for the fact that he had not received police protection immediately after the damage to property at the Graz synagogue. “No, I would not have wished that”, it was not foreseeable that such an attack on him personally could come, he said.

The fact that the suspect arrested is a Syrian citizen shows that Muslim anti-Semitism “is a serious threat,” said Deutsch. But that does not mean that one should limit oneself to combating this one form of anti-Semitism. “There is right and left anti-Semitism and in all forms also Israel-related anti-Semitism, which has now shown itself violently in Graz. In Graz the perpetrator went from word to deed, ”said Deutsch. Constitutional Minister Karoline Edtstadler and Education and Integration Minister Susanne Raab (both ÖVP) were shocked by the incidents.

Criticism of the authorities and the government

After the attack on Rosen, the conference of European rabbis criticized the actions of the Austrian authorities. Chief Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt criticized, according to the dpa news agency, that these did not immediately ensure security with a view to earlier events – more on religion.ORF.at .

Criticism also came from the FPÖ on Monday: They called on the federal government to ensure the security of Jewish institutions. “I cannot explain why the protection was not immediately strengthened after the damage to property had already occurred and the violent attack on Elie Rosen was thus prevented,” said FPÖ club chairman Herbert Kickl.

It is appropriate to “publicly name the entire spectrum of radical forces and not just parts of them,” said Kickl, who simultaneously denounced “political Islam” and “a broad section of the left-wing radical spectrum”, “where under the guise of criticism of Israel is openly hounded against Jews, ”said Kickl. However, it is precisely against this spectrum that he misses the necessary determination, which could also have something to do with “that there are certain points of contact with the smaller government partner”.

“Nobody can be too sure”

During a joint appearance on Sunday with Governor Hermann Schützenhöfer, the Mayor of Graz Siegfried Nagl (both ÖVP), Deputy Governor Anton Lang (SPÖ) and Deputy Mayor Mario Eustacchio (FPÖ), Rosen said that the members of the Jewish community were very affected: “We are a very small community that is very solidary, and it hopes that it will be supported by the city and the country and that political signals will come – and they will come.”

For the members it is “important to get the feeling of being noticed and also to be wanted”. The President of the Jewish Community went on to say: “Extremisms do not stop: we are dealing with anti-Semitism and homophobia. This is supposed to shake us up so that something like this can spill over quickly. Nobody can be too sure. All the more we have to act against any kind of hatred. We, the Jewish community, are not blind here either and do not see it only in relation to ourselves: the domino effect is palpable very quickly. ”

Broad solidarity

The attack on roses had caused consternation not only in Graz. From Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen downwards, representatives from politics and civil society expressed their solidarity. On Saturday night around 30 people took part in a vigil at the synagogue.

On Sunday evening around 200 women and men came together for a solidarity rally – including numerous regional and local politicians. People marched from Graz main train station to the synagogue and sang: “Shoulder to shoulder against racism”. The signs and posters read “Never again” and “Never forget, never again” – more on this in religion.ORF.at .

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