Extremism, Terrorism & Bigotry

ADL Welcomes Verdict in Halle, Germany Synagogue Attack

New York, December 21, 2020 … ADL (the Anti-Defamation League) welcomed today’s verdict of a maximum sentence of life imprisonment for the white supremacist terrorist who attacked the synagogue in Halle, Germany on Yom Kippur last year, murdering two people outside the synagogue.

“Today’s verdict of a maximum sentence of life imprisonment will keep the Jewish community safe from this particular white supremacist terrorist and will hopefully send a strong signal of deterrence to those who harbor the same, vile antisemitic beliefs,” said ADL CEO Jonathan A. Greenblatt.  

Two bystanders were murdered by the assailant after failing to penetrate the door of the synagogue, where he intended to massacre the 50 Jews inside worshipping on Yom Kippur.

“To prevent more white supremacist terror attacks in Europe and around the globe, attention must be given to the hate that drives this violence and to the spread of this hate through white supremacist networks across the world,” Greenblatt said.  “This terrorist spoke openly of his inspiration by other white supremacist terrorists, who openly share their manifestos and messages.”

Extremism, Terrorism & Bigotry

ADL is the world’s leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of antisemitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education, and fighting hate online, ADL is the first call when acts of antisemitism occur. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.

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