Denmark

'Euro Jewry needs shift in mindset on security'

By Shirli Sitbon, May 7, 2015

Jewish groups in Europe are realising that they cannot rely solely on the intelligence services, the police or even their own - often threadbare - security organisations for protection.

This was one of the key messages to emerge at the American Jewish Committee's conference on antisemitism, titled "A Defining Moment for Europe", which took place in Brussels on Tuesday.

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After the tragedy, a new simchah for Hannah

By Rosa Doherty, March 19, 2015

The batmitzvah girl whose simchah was called to an abrupt end after the shooting of a synagogue guard in Copenhagen last month has been given the chance to celebrate in peace.

Hannah Bentow and her family were holding a party at Denmark's central synagogue last month when Omar El-Hussein shot and killed volunteer security guard Dan Uzan, who was stationed at the entrance.

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Danes who are not so great

By Geoffrey Alderman, March 5, 2015

Last week, the USA-based Pew Research Center released the findings of its annual study of global restrictions on religion. Looking back to 2013, the Pew study concludes that there is good news and bad news. The good news is that social hostilities involving religion declined "somewhat" in 2013, from a six-year high the previous year.

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Jews are at heart of Denmark's tolerance project. They must not be barricaded in

By Bo Lidegaard, February 26, 2015

The attack on the synagogue in Copenhagen two weeks ago, which left a volunteer guard dead, is a challenge to the unusual relationship between Danish Jews and the rest of Danish society.

Jews have been well integrated for more than 200 years. This has resulted in a strong, commonly-held feeling that there is no contradiction between being Jewish and being Danish.

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Denmark was a light during the Shoah, but today it is failing us

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 19, 2015

Few nations, if any, have stood by their Jewish community as the Danish people did during the Holocaust.

For three years during German occupation, they stood strong against Nazi demands to persecute the local Jews.

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The music went off. We knew something bad was happening

By Stephanie Brickman, February 19, 2015

At midnight on Saturday night, people in the Jewish community building behind Copenhagen's Synagogue were dancing and having fun, celebrating the batmizvah of Hannah Bentow.

At 12.30, a volunteer guard ran in, shouting that the music had to be turned off.

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Ultimately, we can only uproot this ideology with education

By Anthony Glees, February 19, 2015

There were two sorts of victim in Copenhagen, exactly as in Paris: one was free speech under the law, the other the Jews.

In the case of Paris, the attack on Charlie Hebdo followed many earlier attacks on French Jews and then, before Christmas, on shoppers in various parts of the Republic.

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Malmo ups security

By Nathalie Rothschild, February 19, 2015

Swedish Jews were in shock after this weekend's shootings in the Danish capital, according to Jehoshua Kaufman, president of the Jewish community in Malmö, southern Sweden.

Malmö is a 20-minute train ride from Copenhagen, and is known for its high number of antisemitic hate crimes.

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Interview: Michael Melchior

By Nathan Jeffay, February 19, 2015

Israel's best-known Danish immigrant has sworn that his shock over Sunday's attack will not deter his dialogue with Muslims.

Former politician Michael Melchior is the father of Denmark's Chief Rabbi, whose pulpit is at the synagogue where the attack took place.

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Two men charged with helping Copenhagen gunman

By Marcus Dysch, February 16, 2015

Two men have been charged with assisting the man believed to be responsible for the attacks on a shul and a café over the weekend in Copenhagen.

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