Vandalismus an jüdischer Metzgerei in Basel
Basel – The unknown offenders struck twice this past weekend. During the night from Friday to Saturday – ie during the Sabbath, the Jewish day of rest – stones were thrown to the front door of the Jewish Cooperative butcher’s shop in Friedrichstrasse. It was a disc broke. In the following night on Sunday again the same pattern.
Already a month ago, the butcher, the only one in the region to offer kosher meat to the Jewish community, was vandalized. Both times the Hebrew and German logos were damaged at the entrance. Striking: The beginning of the vandal acts coincides with the important Jewish holidays Rosh Hashanah (New Year), Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) and Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles).
The butcher shop with around 800 customers a month has been based at Friedrichstrasse for decades. “We have such incidents for the first time,” says board member Leopold Stefanski. He suspected anti-Semitism as a motive. At most, militant animal rights activists would come into question in view of the permanent controversy surrounding the shafts. However, there are no concrete indications such as threats, graffiti or letters of confession. “In consultation with the police and a security company, we now consider whether we should install a surveillance camera,” says Stefanski.
The damage to property comes at a time when the security issue of the Jews in Basel is a major political issue. The Israelite community has massively strengthened its dispositif around the synagogue on Eulerstrasse. However you tear this a hole in the cash register. In recent months, therefore, there has been a lot of discussion in the government and in Parliament over the question whether Jewish institutions should be better guarded because of the danger of terrorist attacks. For example, concrete bollards were first erected around the synagogue during the Jewish holidays in September. The Federal Council has recently promised half a million francs to protect vulnerable minorities.