Monday, 16 February 2015
On Sunday, Rabbi Menachem Margolin, president of the European Federation of Jewish associations (EJA), called on European leaders to reinforce security for Jewish institutions. This comes the day after a fatal attack on a synagogue in Denmark. According to him, European authorities tend to bury their head in the sand and not respond efficiently enough to prevent this type of anti-Semite attack.
“Unfortunately, the Danish government, like other European governments, have not yet realized it is necessary to protect all Jewish institutions 24 hours a day, 7 days a week”, Rabbi Menachem Margolin said in a press release. “The fact is there were no police officers in the synagogue before the previous incident (a shooting during a debate on Islamism and Freedom of speech), and the security guard, who wasn’t armed, couldn’t have stopped the terrorist going into the synagogue and killing more people”.
“We call on European governments and institutions to listen to us, and set up a pan-European task-force to increase security around Jewish institutions. We also want to reinforce education against rampant anti-Semitism”, he said.
Rabbi Margolin added that in light of the latest attacks to hit the Jewish community, next week’s EJA seminar in Prague will include first-aid and self-defense lessons. Numerous Rabbis and Jewish figures will be attending.