Sunday, February 22, 2015

Denmark: Hiding Judaism in Copenhagen


But even prior to Sunday's attack on the synagogue that killed 37-year-old Dan Uzan, anti-Semitic acts were on the rise.

In 2012 Israeli ambassador Arthur Avnon advised visiting Israelis against obvious displays of their religion or speaking Hebrew in public. A Jewish community organization had also urged parents with children in the Jewish school in Copenhagen to take extra precautions. [The Jewish community is estimated at between 6,400 and 8,000 people.]

And last summer's bitter fighting between Israel and Palestinians in the Gaza Strip brought a flurry of anti-Semitic acts, ranging from insults to physical assault. Authorities reported 29 such acts in six weeks from July to mid-August, more than throughout all of 2009.

Political leaders responded by organizing a "Kippah march" through central Copenhagen and the Noerrebro district, home to many Middle Eastern immigrants, which passed off peacefully.

But less than a week later the Jewish school Carolineskolen was daubed in anti-Semitic graffiti and its windows smashed. More.

More on this: Hiding Judaism in Copenhagen -In Denmark, known for its historic tolerance, Jews are now threatened and told to remove their ‘Jewish hats’

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