Saxony-Anhalt's Prime Minister Reiner Haseloff (CDU) has described the Halle attack with two dead as "an attack on human dignity and our liberal democracy". "The terror attack of Halle was an attack on all of us," said Haseloff in a government statement before the Magdeburg state parliament. Anti-Semitism is "a threat to the fundamental values of our democracy."
"In 2019 Jews in Germany are celebrating Yom Kippur in their synagogue, and they have to fear for their lives - 75 years after the Shoa," said Haseloff. "For that I am ashamed - even the last must now have become clear: Germany has an anti-Semitism and right-wing extremism problem."
The Magdeburg head of government called the fight against anti-Semitism a "whole social task". State and civil society institutions and organizations are equally in the duty. "It's about making it clear what our country stands for - for the unrestricted protection of Jewish life, there can not be the slightest doubt about that."
Special jersey in memory of the victims
The suspected hall assassin Stephan B. had tried on October 9 during the celebrations for the Jewish holiday Yom Kippur, armed to penetrate into the synagogue of the city on the Saale. After failing to do so, he shot dead two people in the street and severely injured two others. The 27-year-old sits in pretrial detention and confessed the act.
The Hallesche FC wants to commemorate the victims next Saturday in the third division home game against SV Meppen, inter alia, with a special special jersey. The football team will run all in black instead of red and white, the jersey should carry the label "Together against violence, racism and anti-Semitism," said the club. The German Football Association had approved the request for a waiver.
The jerseys will be auctioned in favor of the joint action of the Halle sports clubs with the Saale Bulls (ice hockey), Union Halle-Neustadt (handball) and Gisa Lions (basketball). Representatives of the four clubs will post themselves as part of the game as in games in the other sports behind a banner. In addition, there should be a minute's silence. One of the victims had been a fan of the HFC.
Ten-point plan of the government
The federal government also wants to draw consequences from the incident. The Cabinet will decide next Wednesday on a concept to fight against right-wing extremism, announced Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU). According to Seehofer, the cabinet wants to stand behind the resolutions of the Länder interior ministers last Friday.
The ministers had adopted a ten-point paper at a special meeting after the terrorist attack. It provides, for example, better protection of Jewish institutions, tightening of arms legislation and more prevention.