The 18-year-old man was arrested by German police on suspicion of planning violence endangering the state and posting right-wing extremist and antisemitic content online. Last Wednesday, the police searched the suspect’s apartment in the state of Hesse and confiscated computers, arms, and ammunition. The suspect had been making online threats to kill people for political reasons, leading to a months-long investigation that revealed his violent, antisemitic, and right-wing extremist attitude.
Germany has been on high alert for antisemitic violence following the attack on Israel by Hamas terrorists. The country has seen protests in support of Gaza’s Palestinians, some of which included antisemitic slogans. Germany’s political leaders have emphasized the country’s responsibility to protect Jewish lives due to the Nazi Holocaust and the presence of large Jewish and Palestinian communities in the country.