INTRODUCTION: A West German priest was found beaten and stabbed to death in Jerusalem on Friday (16 October) night.
JERUSALEM (VISNEWS - ELI FASTMAN)
SV PAN Ambulances at scene of murder
Background: INTRODUCTION: A West German priest was found beaten and stabbed to death in Jerusalem on Friday (16 October) night. Police said robbery was the most likely motive for the crime, but they hadn't ruled out the possibility of a terrorist attack.
SYNOPSIS: The body of Dr. Klaus Wilhelm Kurst was discovered at about midnight in the old city. A tourist from Dusseldorf, who'd arrived the previous day, he'd apparently been taking photographs when he was attacked. His camera and tripod had not been taken.
A special squad has been set up by the commander of the Jerusalem police force to investigate the death. Two months ago, another German tourist was killed by terrorists in the old city, and a few weeks ago two Italian pilgrims died in a grenade attack.
The fact that neither Dr. Kurst's camera nor his traveller's cheques had been stolen, according to police, did not rule out robbery. His attackers would have taken cash, or been forced to escape before they had a chance to rob their victim. But the murder came at a time of renewed anti-German feeling among some Israelis.
On the same night fighting broke out at a concert of music composed by Richard Wagner, who was the favourite composer of Hitler. There was a bitter controversy over the decision by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra to end its 33-year-long boycott of works by Wagner. Concentration camp orchestras often played his music as Jews went to their deaths in World War Two.
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