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February 25, 2015 11:31 am

European Rabbis Train in Self-Defense, First Aid After Wave of Antisemitic Attacks

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Rabbis flocked to Prague for self-defense and first aid training. Photo: WikiCommons.

My Fox NY/Associated Press – Rabbis from European countries gathered in Prague Tuesday for training in self-defense and first aid in response to a wave of attacks against Jews and a rise of antisemitism on the continent.

In a stunning beginning of a training session, knives were distributed to dozens of rabbis, young and old, before receiving instructions and practicing what to do to survive stabbing and how to treat injuries.

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  • Richard

    I am concerned that the rabbis may be misled to believe that after one or two classes they will be able to defend themselves. That could be very dangerous. From my experience, it can take years to properly learn techniques of self defense. There are qualified people who can teach martial arts, but there has to be a long term commitment – possibly with years of practice – to learn it and become proficient and not be dangerous, and even then it still has its limits.