Israeli Ambassador to Denmark Warns Jews to Hide Heritage in Public
Jews in Denmark have been warned by officials not to appear publicly in Copenhagen wearing Jewish religious symbols such as yarmulkes or stars of David in order to avoid increasing anti-Israel and anti-Semitic altercations.
“We advise Israelis who come to Denmark and want to go to the synagogue to wait to don their skull caps until they enter the building and not to wear them in the street, irrespective of whether the areas they are visiting are seen as being safe,” Israel’s ambassador to Denmark, Arthur Avnon, told AFP.
Israelis were also warned not to speak Hebrew too loudly, according to Israel National News.
Between 6,000 and 8,000 Jews reside in Denmark. Just a few weeks ago, the Israeli embassy in Copenhagen was attacked. Anti-Israel protesters threw fireworks and sprayed the embassy entrance wall with graffiti that spelled “childkillers.” The Jewish Belief Center says it has received 37 reports of anti-Jewish incidents in Copenhagen this year.