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Far-right German activists plan protest against ‘Zionism’ outside synagogue

Authorities say rally is unauthorized, will be dispersed by police; separately, slab thrown at window of Jewish community center in Essen, plaque stolen from Wesel Jewish cemetery

Illustrative -- A man participates in a demonstration of the German far-right party 'Die Rechte' in Ingelheim, Germany, April 20, 2019. (Boris Roessler/dpa via AP)
Illustrative -- A man participates in a demonstration of the German far-right party 'Die Rechte' in Ingelheim, Germany, April 20, 2019. (Boris Roessler/dpa via AP)

JTA — Right-wing extremists in Germany are planning to demonstrate for “freedom for Palestine” and against “Zionism” in front of a synagogue.

The event is scheduled for Tuesday in Brunswick, 120 miles west of Berlin, the Braunschweiger Zeitung reported Friday.

The organizers of the Brunswick rally belong to the far-right Die Rechte party and have advertised the event on social networks as scheduled to take place between 7:33 and 7:45 p.m. – a reference to the 12 years in power of the Nazi Party in the 1930s and ’40s.

“Freedom for Palestine – Humanity is non-negotiable. Stop Zionism!” the slogan for the event reads.

City authorities said they have not authorized the demonstration and will disperse it if it takes place.

Separately, on Friday, an unknown individual threw a large stone slab at a window of the Jewish community center in Essen, 150 miles west of Brunswick, the RIAS anti-racism watchdog group reported. No one was hurt in the incident, which police are investigating as a possible hate crime.

In Wesel, a town 20 miles northwest of Essen, unidentified individuals stole a large stone plaque from the local Jewish cemetery that displayed the names of hundreds of Jews and other victims of Nazism, Radio K.W. reported Friday.

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