Denmark Jewish Leader: Way We Want to Live Our Lives Not Possible
“The way we want to live our lives is no longer possible,” said the vice president of Denmark’s Jewish community at an annual conference of the American Jewish Committee on Tuesday, reflecting on the state of security for Europe’s Jews.
Jonathan Fischer was one of many speakers to address the discomfort of European Jewry as antisemitism is on the rise across the continent.
Such fears are exacerbated by the fact that European governments will ultimately move to scale back around-the-clock protection that has been provided since deadly attacks at a kosher supermarket in Paris and the Great Synagogue in Copenhagen in January.
“We can’t count only on security services, on intelligence services. Today makeshift jihadists are asked not to communicate, so intelligence services can’t spot them,” said Fischer, adding that the European Jewish “mindset” must adapt.
“Europeans have to adopt the ‘see something, say something’ policy, like in the US,” suggested Rutgers University law professor John Farmer, according to the British Jewish Chronicle, referring to a common security policy present not only at Jewish communities, but in public zones, such as New York’s subway system as well.
The JC reported that since the attacks at the Kosher supermarket in Paris in January, the French government has provided around-the-clock security to Jewish sites. France has provided 17 million euros ($19 million) over the last decade to secure at least 600 synagogues across the country, according to the JC.
British Prime Minister David Cameron pledged $14 million to assist in securing British Jewish communities, and all over Europe government officials and religious leaders outside the Jewish faith have pledged to combat the insidious trend of antisemitism.
After the Paris attacks, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on Jews in Europe to emigrate, saying Israel was the only guaranteed safe harbor for European Jewry.