Two inebriated German women arrested vandalizing synagogue

Two women were arrested early Wednesday morning for vandalizing a synagogue in the east German city of Cottbus, AP reports. 

According to police, the two women, aged 21 and 36, smashed a number of windows at the only synagogue in Brandenburg state.

Police spokesman Torsten Wendt said the two women had also been spotted by security forces in the vicinity of the synagogue the previous morning. 

He noted that high levels of alcohol had been measured on the women's breaths. 

Police officers are waiting to interview the suspects to determine if their crime was motivated by anti-Semitism. 

The synagogue is the first Jewish house of worship in the area since 1938 – the year the Germany-wide Kristallnacht pogrom targeting Jews took place. 


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