Twitch apologizes for live stream of Germany shooting


The video continued to show the shooter's two victims: a woman near the synagogue and a man in a nearby kebab eatery.

Bullet holes in the entrance door of a synagogue are pictured in Halle, Germany, Thursday, October 10, 2019. A spokesperson for Facebook confirmed that the company was working to remove and block the video from its platforms. He then tried unsuccessfully to blast open the gate of the Jewish cemetery with explosives.

Holger Muench, the head of Germany's federal criminal police, the BKA, said earlier this year he had 41 far-right "potential terrorists" and 112 other extremists considered a "direct threat" on his watchlist.

German Justice Minister Christine Lambrecht condemned the murders and attack against the synagogue, and pledged to take more serious measures to better protect Jews and Jewish institutions in the country.

The attack in Germany on Wednesday local time, where investigators are pursuing anti-Semitic motives after the assailant reportedly shot at the door of a synagogue in an attempt to gain entry, drew swift condemnation from United Nations Secretary General António Guterres and renewed calls from Jewish groups in the USA to step up cooperation in combating anti-Semitism.

"We have a lot to be grateful for today", Borovitz told German news outlet Deutsche Welle.

Following the attack, the worshippers were brought out on buses.

"That was a shock for us, that was Yom Kippur, all phones were switched off, we had to understand what was going on first - then switch on my phone and then call the police", he told The Associated Press. "It was really panic".

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Without mentioning the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) by name, Merkel and Steinmeier condemned xenophobic rhetoric they said had grown increasingly mainstream and risky.

"Unfortunately the time has come when all Jewish places of worship and Jewish communal sites [in Germany] need to have enhanced round-the-clock security provided by state security services", Ronald Lauder, the president of the World Jewish Congress in Geneva, said. "Those who so far have been silent must speak out". There has been rising concern lately about both anti-Semitism and right-wing extremism.

"Any act of violence is taken extremely seriously".

Within an hour, more than 2,000 people had viewed it.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's government voiced outrage over the attack on Yom Kippur and urged tougher action against anti-Semitic violence. Luebcke was known for supporting the welcoming refugee policy that Merkel adopted during an influx of migrants in 2015.

Despite this limited initial audience, however, the video has since been broadly disseminated on Telegram, an encrypted messaging app that has become a haven for white nationalists and other far-right extremists.

But Jewish leaders said that words were not enough, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu joining calls for German authorities to "act resolutely against the phenomenon of anti-Semitism". Some figures in the party, which entered the national parliament in 2017, have made comments appearing to downplay the Nazi past. One most recent search for stumbled on that about 70 percent of anti-Semitic incidents proceed unreported, based on researchers on the Technical College of Berlin.