The attack, which took place on Brunnenstrasse in the center of Berlin, happened around three in the morning. The building, where at least two Molotov cocktails were thrown, houses several Jewish institutions, including a religious school, a synagogue and the Kahal Atas Yisroel association.
According to the newspaper Daily Mirror Security guards were present at the scene, but they could not stop the attack and the culprits fled the scene. The fire was quickly extinguished. No one was injured.
Berlin police, acting “to the best of their ability” in the current tense situation according to their spokesman, eventually sealed off the area and are investigating the matter. The building was accessible only under police escort on Wednesday morning.
Tonight (October 18) there was an attempted attack on our community, Kahal Atas Yisrol. Unknown persons threw two Molotov cocktails from the street in the direction of our community center on Brunnenstrasse in Berlin-Mitte. pic.twitter.com/tnh0UIV9mw
— Kahal Atas Gisrol (@KAJ_Berlin) October 18, 2023
On Wednesday morning, police arrested a man who shouted anti-Semitic slogans in front of the building in question. It is not clear if he has any connection with the night attackers.
Large police presence following suspected arson attack in front of Synagogue on Brunnenstrasse #Berlin.
This man also drove the car in the morning. He says he was riding a scooter and was beaten by the police. A community member reports that he shouted “Allahu Akbar”. pic.twitter.com/uDUI9XXPv7
— Kevin Ciulina (@kevin_culina) October 18, 2023
Several pro-Palestinian demonstrations have been held in Berlin in recent days over the crisis in the Middle East, despite a temporary ban on such events “in view of the potential risks”.
Protests were held in Islamic countries on Tuesday evening over an attack on a hospital in Gaza, which the Palestinians blamed on Israel. The Israelis say the object was hit by an Islamic missile, and that Hamas knowingly lied about the accusation.