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Norway’s Muslims Protect Oslo Synagogue in Sabbath ‘Peace Ring’

Sunday, February 22nd, 2015

A group of young Muslims organized a symbolic “ring of peace” to encircle the sole functioning synagogue in Oslo as Jew prayed within on Saturday.

At least 1,300 were inspired to join them in the initiative, which came in solidarity with Jews who were targeted last weekend by a radical Islamist terrorist in Denmark.

“This shows there are many more peacemakers than warmakers,” 37-year-old Zeeshan Abdullah, one of the organizers, told the crowd.

“There is still hope for humanity, for peace and love across religious differences and background,” he said.

Still, Norwegian sharp shooters were deployed on buildings around the synagogue. Police superintendent Steiner Hausvik told reporters, “It has been calm as we expected. We had no reason to expect any trouble but we were prepared.”

Jewish community spokesperson Ervin Kohn expressed gratitude and said it was “unique” that Muslims stood up “to this degree against anti-Semitism,” adding that “this fills us with hope, particularly as it’s a grassroots movement of young Muslims.”

Kohn advised the rest of the world to “look to Norway.”

There are only approximately 1,000 Jews left in Norway’s population of 5.3 million, while immigration of Muslims, about 3 percent of the population, continues to grow.

Last weekend two people died and five police officers were wounded in two attacks several hours apart by the same radical Islamist terrorist. The suspect, 22-year-old Omar el-Hussein, targeted a free speech event at a cafe and then a Bat Mitzvah at the Copenhagen Great Synagogue in Denmark.

Hussein, born in Denmark to Palestinian parents, had reportedly been released from jail only two weeks earlier after serving a two-year prison term for “grievous bodily harm.”

Security Officials Advise Denmark’s Jewish Radio to Bid ‘Shalom’

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Denmark’s Radio Shalom has gone off the air after weekend terror attacks targeting a Bat Mitzvah at the Copenhagen Grand Synagogue and an event for free speech at a cafe.

Danish security officials advised the country’s sole Jewish radio station to close, saying it was “too dangerous” to continue broadcasting.

Monday night was the first time in history the station did not broadcast its usual mix of Jewish news, culture and music.

Radio Shalom general manager Abraham Kopenhagen told the DR Nyheder newspaper, “PET says it’s too dangerous. We do not feel that it is too dangerous, but we respect the information we are given.”

The other option, said Kopenhagen, was to continue broadcasting under police protection – which meant a round-the-clock presence of security personnel.

“We must do as instructed but we will not have police standing outside the door,” Kopenhagen said. “We would rather close down until it is quiet again. I do not know how long that will take.”

Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt asked the country’s Jews not to leave, despite the obvious danger.

“The Jewish community have been in this country for centuries. They belong in Denmark, they are part of the Danish community and we wouldn’t be the same without the Jewish community in Denmark,” she told media on Sunday.

In response, a spokesperson for Denmark’s Jewish community said Danish Jews had no plans to leave despite Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s invitation to move to Israel.

“We’re very grateful for Netanyahu’s concern but having said that, we are Danish – we’re Danish Jews but we’re Danish – and it won’t be terror that makes us go to Israel,” said Jeppe Juhl, a spokesperson for the Jewish Community of Denmark. “We understand his concern for our well-being, and we value his concern but we are Danish and we’re staying in Denmark. If we move to Israel it’s for other reasons,” Juhl told AFP.

According to a report by The Tablet magazine, Radio Shalom was not the only Jewish institutional casualty resulting from Saturday’s terror attacks.

The Caroline School (Carolineskolen) one of the oldest Jewish schools in the world, closed down as well following the attacks. The school had been targeted by anti-Semites in the past, including late last summer when its windows were smashed and graffiti reading “No peace to you Zionist pigs” was spray-painted on its walls.

Just two weeks earlier, the school administration had forbidden students from wearing religious Jewish symbols – hoping to prevent precisely the type of attack that followed so quickly on the heels of its warning.

Copenhagen Terrorist Pledged Allegiance to Islamic State

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

The terrorist who killed two people in two consecutive attacks in Copenhagen Saturday and in the pre-dawn hours Sunday pledged allegiance to the Islamic State (ISIS), IBN-CNN reported.

Omar Abdel el-Hussein had posted on his Facebook page, “I pledge allegiance to Abu Bakr [ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi] in full obedience in the good and bad things. And I won’t dispute with him unless it is an outrageous disbelief.”

El-Hussein was armed with two guns when police killed him in a shoot-out after he fled the scene where he gunned down a Jewish volunteer guard at a synagogue and wounded two nearby policemen.

El-Hussein killed a Danish filmmaker in the attack on a Copenhagen café where he wanted to murder his real target, cartoonist Lars Vilks, who drew the Prophet Mohammed as a dog in 2007. Bodyguards escort Vilks wherever he goes and hustled him into the kitchen of the café when el-Hussein opened fire.

The question now remains whether two men arrested on Monday as suspected accomplices also pledged allegiance to ISIS. They have been charged with providing and disposing of el-Hussein’s murder weapon and with helping to hide him.

The Jewish Press reported here Monday that the ISIS has spawned World War III. Leftist media do not want to define it that way, and analysts are doing their best to assume Muslim terrorists are innocent of links to ISIS until proven guilty.

Foreign Policy, a widely respected and followed magazine and news website in the United States, wrote on Monday regarding el-Hussein and the ISIS:

 We still don’t know,” Rep. Adam Schiff, top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said Sunday. He said the U.S. intelligence is working with Danish authorities in the investigation.

Was there an affiliation with al Qaeda or ISIS? Was this self-radicalization? Was this a copycat of what happened in Paris?” Schiff (D-Calif.) said on This Week With George Stephanopoulos. “It’s still too early to tell.”

Now it is not.

 

Muslim Gang Removes ‘Un-Islamic’ Flowers from Copenhagen Vigil [video]

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

Thousands of Danes gathered Monday night for what has become a routine event in Europe – a self-righteous post-terror vigil that is more like a confession to the priest on Sunday before going back to six days of sinning, only to be followed be another confession.

A group of angry Muslims and the protesters themselves offered two pieces of proof at the rally to prove that their tears, songs, candles and flowers are am expression that satisfies their conscience that is blind to the root cause of terror – a bleeding-heart band permissive society that on principle prefers to allow free and open immigration regardless of the suicidal results.

The first piece of evidence was a Muslim gang’s kicking away a bunch of flowers that Danish immigrants, probably not from the radical Islam movement, laid at the spot where police killed terrorist Omar Abdel Hamid El-Hussein. It turns out he is full-fledged Danish native who was born in Denmark and is believed to be the son of a couple, two of the millions of “refugees” created by UNRWA to use as tool to eventually flood Israel with enough Arabs to eliminate Israel as a Jewish state.

The London Guardian reported that he “was always quick to debate the Palestinian issue.”

The dangerous Western custom of playing flowers at a vigil was too much for the Muslim group to bear since they were “un-Islamic,” The gang figured it was honoring Islam by kicking away the “desecration.”

The other piece of proof was provided by tens of thousands of Danes at the vigil who sang John Lennon’s “Imagination,” whose words sound like such a simply solution to peace and love forever.

Imagine there’s no heaven/It’s easy if you try

No hell below us /Above us only sky Imagine all the people living for today

Imagine there’s no countries /It isn’t hard to do Nothing to kill or die for /And no religion too Imagine all the people living life in peace

You may say that I’m a dreamer,/but I’m not the only one I hope some day you’ll join us /And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions/I wonder if you can No need for greed or hunger/A brotherhood of man Imagine all the people sharing all the world

That is the great liberal ideal in much of Europe and which is eating away at the United States. There is no heaven, there is no hell and more than all, there is no religion.

Lennon sang that you just have to imagine there are no possessions and, as John Kerry would say, “Poof,” it happens. By the way, Lennon’s net worth when he died was estimated at $800 million.

So the Danes expressed their opposition to violence by imagining that if you sing loudly enough, violence will disappear.

More important to the Danes, as speakers said at the vigil, is to maintain its ideal of an open society, and they had to prove it by showing solidarity with none other than the Muslim minority. It will be interesting to see in a few years if the Muslims will hold a rally to show solidarity with what will be the non-Muslim minority.

Leave it to the Jews in Diaspora to act like good Christians and turn the other cheek.

Dan Rosenberg Asmussen, chairman of the Danish Jewish Community, told a press conference:

We fight together with them (Muslims) for religious rights. We are moderates. We fight together against extremism and radicalism.

The Danes showed their solidarity by placing flowers where the terrorist was killed. If they cannot understand the reaction of kicking away the flowers, and it is certain it cannot and will not until it is way too late, it will be them and not Jews and not the cartoonists of Mohammed who will be on the receiving end of bullets.

EU Says ‘Europe Will Not Be Intimidated’ by Terror

Sunday, February 15th, 2015

The European Union vowed, “Europe will not be intimidated” in the wake of another round of Paris-style terror attacks over the weekend striking the Danish capital of Copenhagen.

“The European Commission and the High Representative (Federica Mogherini) deplore the attacks in Copenhagen costing the life of at least two citizens and injuring several others,” said the EU delegation to Israel in a statement sent to media by email late Sunday.

“Even one life is too many. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families. Europe stands united with Denmark in upholding freedom of speech and freedom of expression,” the statement continued.

“We stand against anti-Semitism and all forms of discrimination. Europe will not be intimidated.”

But while Europe issues statements about not being intimidated by anti-Semitism, Jews are dying for the cause.

Dan Uzan, 37, donated his life to stop the terrorist’s bullets with his own body, thus preventing the attack from becoming a massacre. Uzan was guarding a Bat Mitzvah being held at a Copenhagen synagogue at the time of the attack.

Hours earlier, 55-year-old documentary film-maker Finn Noergaard died from wounds sustained after absorbing gunshots fired in the first attack; it appears, however, that the gunman’s target may have been Lars Vilk, the Danish cartoonist known for his satiric caricatures of the founder of Islam, the prophet Muhammad, which Muslims have found offensive.

Netanyahu Calls on European Jews to Move to Israel

Sunday, February 15th, 2015

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Sunday called on Jews from Europe to walk away from growing anti-Semitism and terrorism and move to Israel.

Speaking hours after a terrorist killed a volunteer Jewish guard outside a Copenhagen synagogue where a Bat Mitzvah celebration was being held, the Prime Minister said, “Extremist Islamic terrorism has struck Europe again, this time in Denmark. We send our condolences to the Danish people and to the Jewish community in Denmark.

“Jews have been murdered again on European soil only because they were Jews and this wave of terrorist attacks – including murderous anti-Semitic attacks – is expected to continue.”

He told the Cabinet that the government is preparing a $45 million plan to encourage Aliyah from Belgium, Belgium and Ukraine.

Prime Minister Netanyahu added:

 I would like to tell all European Jews and all Jews wherever they are: ‘Israel is the home of every Jew.

To the Jews of Europe and to the Jews of the world I say that Israel is waiting for you with open arms.

 

 

 

European Rabbi Says EU Leaders ‘Bury their Heads in the Sand’

Sunday, February 15th, 2015

European Jewish Association Rabbi Menachem Margolin said Sunday that European Union leaders have a tendency to “bury their heads in the sand” and demanded tighter security to protect Jews.

Speaking after the murder of a volunteer Jewish guard shot and killed by a terrorist at a synagogue Bar Mitzvah celebration, Rabbi Margolin added, “European leaders need to support us in fighting the battle on terror in our homeland.

“It is only because of the earlier shooting that took place in the Copenhagen cafe that police sent several officers to the synagogue, and they were able to return fire and chase the shooter.

“But the fact is that prior to the earlier incident, there were no police in the synagogue.”

Rabbi Margolin called on Muslim leaders across Europe to speak out against extremism.

“The alarms were already sounded last August when a Jewish school in Copenhagen was stoned and sprayed with anti-Semitic graffiti,” said Rabbi Margolin. “We call on European Governments, as well as EU institutions, to heed our calls for the establishment of a Pan -European task force in order to increase security around Jewish institutions and enhance education against the rampant anti-Semitism.”

Rabbi Margolin noted that in the aftermath of this latest attack, the EJA’s planned seminar next week in Prague, at which dozens of rabbis and Jewish community leaders from across the continent will meet, will offer training in basic self-defense and first aid.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/european-rabbi-says-eu-leaders-bury-their-heads-in-the-sand/2015/02/15/

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