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Germany Synagogue Attack Brings Home Europe’s Antisemitism Threat

Expand A heavily armed assailant ranting about Jews tried to force his way into a synagogue in Germany on Yom Kippur, then shot two people to death nearby in an attack Wednesday © AP Photo/Jens Meyer The attack on a synagogue in Halle, Germany on Yom Kippur, Judaism’s holiest day of the year, is a terrifying reminder that the scourge of anti-Semitism persists in Europe today. A woman and a man were killed by the assailant on the street, while even greater loss of life was averted, it seems, by the strong lock on the synagogue’s door. Condemnation of the attack was swift. At a vigil the night…

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