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 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.
11:30 AM The Jewish guard killed by a terrorist after midnight Saturday saved the deaths of countless Jews by his standing outside the synagogue and absorbing the lethal bullet in the head at the hands of the attacker at a Bat Mitzvah celebration.
The killer fled and did not enter the synagogue, according to Copenhagen Jewish leader Rabbi Yair Melchior.
The guard, a volunteer, was identified by the Israeli Foreign Ministry as Dan Uzan, 37, whose father is Israeli and mother is Danish.
Police also confirmed that the terrorist has been killed and that he also carried out Friday’s murder at a cafe.
“We assume that it’s the same culprit behind both incidents, and we also assume that the culprit that was shot by the police task force on Norreport station is the person behind both of these assassinations,” Chief police inspector Torben Molgaard Jensen said.
Police shot and killed the terrorist after a massive manhunt that included armored vehicles and helicopters.
8:07 AM The young Jewish man who was killed by the terrorist has been identified as the synagogue’s guard. There was a Bat Mitzvah happening at the Great Synagogue in Copenhagen at the time.
7:37 AM According to reports from Copenhagen, police surrounded the suspected terrorist and tried to arrest him. A shootout began, and the police killed him. No police were injured. The police had already been keeping the address where the terrorist was shot “under observation”.
7:20 AM Copenhagen police shoot dead the man believed to be the terrorist.
7:00 AM There are reports of gunfire exchanged between police and the terrorist near Nørrebro Station, 1 person was hit.
(JTA) — A Jewish school in Denmark informed parents that its pupils are no longer allowed to wear religious symbols near school grounds.
The private Caroline School in Copenhagen informed parents of the policy in a recent letter, the Jyllands-Posten daily reported Friday. The letter said it was not permissible for students of the 7th, 8th and 9th grades to leave school premises if they are wearing visible Jewish symbols.
“If a boy wears a kippah, we will ask him to put in a cap so it is no longer visible,” principal Jan Hansen said.
Hansen said the measures were part of his schools “level of security, which is higher than in normal schools.” He added: “Unfortunately, it is the consequence of being a Jewish institution, but it something that we and the students are used to.”
Hansen also said the move was “pure preventative.” He added: “I know there has been an increase in the number of Jews who have been accosted over the summer in connection with the conflict in Gaza.”
In 2012, the Israeli embassy in Copenhagen warned Jewish tourists to refrain from wearing Jewish symbols on the street or speaking Hebrew loudly.
Here’s an interesting question. In Denmark they banned Shechitah – the humanitarian method of slaughtering kosher animals for food, while simultaneouslyslaughtering two perfectly healthy, beautiful giraffes – because the giraffes were “unsuitable for breeding”.
As JewishPress.com readers probably already know, the giraffe is actually a kosher animal, and the myth that we don’t know where to cut it along the neck, is just that, a myth (anywhere is fine).
Here’s the question: Would Denmark have permitted the kosher slaughter of the giraffes which they brutally and pointlessly murdered because they were inconvenient?
I ask the question because Professor Zohar Amar of Bar Ilan University managed to recover and restore the ancient method of processing giraffe hide to turn it into kosher parchment, according to a report in Makor Rishon, a method that was lost to all Jews, except those from Yemen (those guys remember everything).
Giraffe hide is particularly thick, making it perfect for transforming it into parchment and writing Mezuzot (plural of Mezuza) and Torah scrolls.
According to the Rambam and Rabeinu Tam, the kosher animal does not even need to be slaughtered by Shechitah in order to be used as a kosher parchment, so the researchers at Bar Ilan used a giraffe from the Ramat Gan safari that had died for the purpose of their research.
A joint delegation of observant Muslims and Jews made the case to the Danish ambassador to the United States that his country’s ban on ritual slaughter was harmful to its reputation.
Leading the 10-person delegation to meet Peter Taksøe-Jensen on Feb. 27 were Rabbi Marc Schneier, the president for the Fonmdation for Ethnic Understanding, and Dr. Sayyid Syeed, the director of the Islamic Society of North America.
“One can only wonder if the Danish government is seeking to make life so difficult for Muslims and Jews that many will decide to leave the country,” Syeed said in a statement released prior to the meeting.
Schneier told JTA after the meeting that it went well, and Taksøe-Jensen pledged to relay its message to his government.
“He was not aware of the magnitude of the damage this has caused Denmark’s reputation,” Schneier said.
Denmark’s ban on kosher and halal slaughter went into effect last week.
The ban’s proponents say that ritual slaughter, which does not allow for stunning prior to killing, is cruel.