An On-the-Ground Update from Halle, Germany

An On-the-Ground Update from Halle, Germany


– Hi, my name is Dalia Grinfeld, and I’m the Assistant Director
of European Affairs at ADL. I was in Halle on the ground
to support the Jewish community where yesterday, a shooter
tried to attack the synagogue. So, for me on the ground, the priority was to help the victims in any way possible, so basically starting with the basic needs of medical attention,
food, kosher food, housing, transport back to Berlin, so those were the immediate things we organized. So, for at ADL, the immediate
response on the ground, one of the most important issues
is the psychological help. So, together, with the Central
Welfare for Jews in Germany, we organized a hotline
that the already have, it’s called OFAC, and we
organized for that hotline in German, English, and Hebrew,
to be more of a 24/7 issue, because this hotline is
really needed for everyone to talk about their trauma, to express what they’re
going they’re going through and what they’re feeling. So, what we’re doing currently is to find more psychologists
and trauma experts to be in support for the high
holidays coming up next week of Sukkot, but also this weekend
on Shabbat, and in general, but now, it’s just a handful of people have to do these calls 24/7. Our Center on Extremism put
together a brief overnight. It was impeccably researched
with the known motives of the shooter, what he
has been saying online, social media post analysis
of all his extremist jargon, and that we shared with the
Jewish community on the ground, with the Central Council,
but also further than that, with European leaders
and German authorities. Our International Affairs
Team also has spoken out about taking requests by
Jewish community leaders, like in this case in
Halle, taking them upfront, prior to any event, taking them seriously, and really providing that
security in the future. So, I think I personally,
but everyone else is really grateful that
we’re thinking ahead, that ADL is there, that we can
support the Jewish community, support the victims, support people that really have been going through this.

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