The concert organizers said that the event “HalleZusammen” (Halle Together) meant to send “a strong message against anti-Semitism, xenophobia, and right-wing extremism.”
Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said that police will “have to take a closer look at the gamers’ scene,” a reference to the shooter’s frequent use of online gaming platforms.
According to German authorities, only the attacker's poor aim and the poor quality of his homemade firearms saved nine other people he fired at during his half-hour rampage.
A survey of 2,500 Germans by research institute forsa showed 11% support for AfD on Thursday, down from 13% at the beginning of the week.
"The recent terrorist aggression on the Halle synagogue... should sound the alarm loud and clear throughout Europe,” Isaac Herzog said.
“Halle, Christchurch, Poway and Pittsburgh did not happen in a vacuum, and these attacks share important elements," said ADL CEO Jonathan A. Greenblatt.
“We were also moved by the show of strength and solidarity throughout Germany and would like to bring this spirit of unity to Brussels, to say no to hate and fear together, in the heart of the EU"
40-year-old Jana Lange and 20-year-old Kevin S. were identified as the victims. Kevin's mother said the attacker murdered him in cold blood as Kevin was begging for his life.
A gunman, identified by German authorities as Stephan Balliet, was trying to break into the building with the intent of carrying out a massacre.
The Jewish Agency is hardly alone in this pursuit, as we are working with various Jewish organizations as our partners in combating antisemitism.