In Halle, a building of the Jewish community has been smeared with graffiti. It is unclear whether this was motivated by anti-Semitism, the police say. Already on Tuesday, graffiti had been discovered on a monument.
On Friday night, a building of the Jewish community in Halle was smeared with graffiti by unknown persons. The lettering was illegible. A police spokesman said in the morning that the police could therefore not yet give any information about a possible anti-Semitic background. He said that the case was being investigated for damage to property. The house is not the synagogue.
It was only on Tuesday that police discovered graffiti on the Jewish memorial in downtown Halle. In this case an anti-Semitic background is not excluded; the State Security is involved in the investigation.
The city in Saxony-Anhalt hit the headlines worldwide a good year ago due to a right-wing terrorist attack. On October 9, 2019, a heavily armed perpetrator had thrown explosives over the wall of the synagogue grounds and tried to penetrate the church. There, more than 50 believers celebrated Yom Kippur, the highest Jewish holiday. When the intrusion failed, he shot a 40-year-old passer-by, killed a 20-year-old while attacking a nearby kebab bite, and injured and traumatized numerous other people before he was caught after about an hour and a half. The 28-year-old German Stephan Balliet has admitted the crime, and the trial against him is currently underway at the Naumburg Higher Regional Court.