JPost: “The attacks involved a shooting, targeting a synagogue in Essen and a failed arson attack on a synagogue in Bochum.”
The Iranian regime hired a crime boss to carry out a series of attacks on synagogues in northern Germany, the German law enforcement agencies believe. “The attacks involved a shooting, targeting a synagogue in Essen and a failed arson attack on a synagogue in Bochum,” the Jerusalem Post reported Thursday.
According to German public broadcaster ARD, “Iranian-German Ramin [Yektaparast] is said to be the focus of the investigation.”
Ramin, a fugitive biker gang boss affiliated to the Hell’s Angels chapter in the northern German city of Mönchengladbach, may be linked to “several attacks on synagogues in North Rhine-Westphalia,” the broadcaster added.
The UK newspaper Telegraph reported the details on Thursday:
Iran has recruited a fugitive Hell’s Angels boss to help organise terror attacks on synagogues, police in Germany believe.
Detectives have identified biker boss Ramin Yektaparast as a key suspect as they investigate attacks on two synagogues that took place last month, according to a report by public broadcaster ARD.
Yektaparast, who is wanted by German police for carrying out a brutal gangland murder, fled to Tehran in 2021 where he has been tasked by the Revolutionary Guard with organising attacks in Germany, the report says.
“We are talking about state-organised terrorism,” an investigator told the broadcaster.
The first of the two synagogue attacks took place in mid-November when four bullet holes were discovered in the doorway of the former rabbis’ residence at the Old Synagogue in Essen, a historic building from the early 20th century.
Soon after, a Molotov cocktail was thrown at a school adjacent to a synagogue in nearby Bochum.
A 35-year-old Iranian-German national has been arrested in connection with the Bochum attack.
Besides directing attacks at Jewish places of worship, the IRGC is also conducting espionage operation aimed at Jewish community leader in Germany.
“German state security sources on Wednesday accused Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps of contracting state-sponsored terrorism against German synagogues in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia and spying on the president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany,” prominent Israeli investigative journalist Benjamin Weinthal reported in the Jerusalem Post.
As we have repeatedly reported in recent years, Iran—and particularly its proxy Hezbollah terror group—use mosques and so-called Islamic cultural centers in German to carry out its terrorist and clandestine activities.
Weinthal noted the German government’s unwillingness to shutdown these terror-linked operations:
Germany has faced mounting criticism to end partnerships with the Islamic Republic of Iran. German-Iranian dissidents urged the city of Hamburg to close the Iranian regime-controlled Islamic Center and Blue Mosque because they disseminate antisemitic and terrorist ideologies.
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