İrem UZUN -TDO- Two people died and two more were severely injured in the eastern German city of Halle on Wednesday on Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish year,after a gunman in a military-style outfit tried to force his way into a synagogue in an attempted mass shooting.
Before he began shooting on Wednesday, the attacker also broadcast an anti-Semitic manifesto online.The video circulating online shows a young man with a shave head reciting a short statement in broken English to a camera while sitting in a parked car."I think the Holocaust never happened," he began, before adding "feminism is the cause of decline in birth rates in the West," mentioning mass immigration and concluding: "The root of all these problems is the Jew".
Max Privorozki, Halle's Jewish community chairman, described how the gunman tried to shoot his way into the synagogue."We saw via the camera system at our synagogue that a heavily armed perpetrator with a steel helmet and a gun tried to shoot open our doors," he told the Stuttgarter Zeitung newspaper. "The man looked like he was from the special forces ... But our doors held.We barricaded the doors from inside and waited for the police," he said, adding that about 70 or 80 people were inside the synagogue celebrating Yom Kippur.