The attack of a right-wing extremist on the synagogue in Halle, Germany, marks a new peak of anti-Semitic violence in Germany. According to Josef Schuster, President of the Central Jewish Council in Germany, the brutality of the attack exceeds "everything that has existed in recent years" and is "a deep shock for all Jews in Germany".
But this attack does not come out of nowhere. Violent crimes with an anti-Semitic background
have recently increased significantly in Germany. According to a recent report by the Federal Ministry of the Interior (BMI)
, around 1,800 anti-Semitic crimes were recorded last year - the highest figure since 2006. Alarmingly, the number violent crimes increased to a high of 69 in 2018.