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March 14, 2016 2:49 am

Does Denmark Finally Realize That Security Isn’t Just a Jewish Problem?

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The Great Synagogue in central Copenhagen, Denmark, which was attacked in 2015 in a deadly shooting. Photo: Wikipedia.

The Great Synagogue in central Copenhagen, Denmark, which was attacked in 2015 in a deadly shooting. Photo: Wikipedia.

A now 16-year-old Danish girl has been charged with planning to bomb a Jewish school in ‎Denmark. She had also planned to bomb a non-Jewish Danish school. She was 15 at the time. ‎

The girl has been in custody since January 13, but Danish authorities only made her arrest public this past week. It speaks to the extreme seriousness of the case that the girl was kept in isolation for the first ‎three weeks of her custody, which is unusual in Denmark when dealing with a 15-year-old.‎

The girl had allegedly planned the attacks together with a 24-year-old man, who supplied her with the materials and ‎manuals needed for manufacturing the bombs. The man is known to have returned ‎from Syria, where he fought not once, but several times. He was jailed for criminal activities as a teenager ‎and is believed to have been radicalized in jail, where he apparently also converted to ‎Islam. ‎

Both have pleaded not guilty.‎

The girl is Danish but had converted to Islam and was radicalized within a very short time span. The Danish ‎TV2 news reported that she celebrated jihad on her Facebook profile and that she was a member of the Danish ‎section of the radical Islamic organization, Hizb ut-Tahrir, which is not outlawed in Denmark.

Hizb ut-‎Tahrir, it should be mentioned, organized a sermon in a Danish mosque in February last year, where an ‎imam, Hajj Saeed, incited war against Jews — the very same sermon that the terrorist Omar Abdel Hamid ‎El-Husseini attended the day before he murdered Danish film director Finn Noergaard and Dan Uzan, the Jewish guard at the local synagogue. Notably, Danish authorities recently decided not to ‎press charges against Saeed for incitement against Jews, claiming that the words were part of a sermon ‎about interfaith dialogue. The Danish prosecutor clearly could not tell the difference between an ‎organization that works for the re-establishment of the caliphate and one that works for interfaith ‎dialogue. In any event, the outcome of the sermon was anything but dialogue. ‎

Although the Jewish community is hardly surprised by these developments — the school has been under ‎heavy police protection for a long time now, especially since the terrorist attack against the synagogue ‎last February — these revelations are still a major blow to the community, not least to the children at the ‎Jewish school. Nevertheless, the head of the Jewish school, Jan Hansen, told local Danish media that it ‎was business as usual at the school, despite the threat.

“Of course it is not nice that our school is ‎mentioned in such a context, but unfortunately we are not surprised. We go on as usual. … We have no ‎intention of changing our day-to-day activities. We talk to the children about it in a non-dramatizing way,” he said.

But there really is no way to sugarcoat the fact that people want to kill you, a Jewish child, simply ‎because you are Jewish.‎

The Jewish community in Denmark already struggles with a dwindling demographic and record high assimilation and intermarriage. The reminder of the very palpable security threat that it is ‎living under — as are countless larger European Jewish communities — is a brutal wake-up call to ‎the fact that there might not be much of a future left for Jews in Denmark. ‎

After the revelations, some shocked non-Jewish Danes could be seen to comment on Facebook about ‎how horrible the threat was and how awful it must be for the children and the parents of the Jewish ‎school to live with the knowledge that someone wants to kill you, simply and only because you are ‎Jewish. ‎

There is something tragic in this very late realization on the part of so many non-Jews in Denmark. The ‎tragedy is that Jews have been living in Denmark for centuries and still there is a complete lack of ‎insight and understanding on the part of the majority into what it actually means to live as a Jew in ‎Denmark. The “shock” on the part of many Danes spoke volumes of how indifferent they have been to ‎the plight of the Jews and in understanding their need for police protection in the face of the local ‎terrorist threat.‎

Since average Danes are now also increasingly becoming terrorist targets — as demonstrated by the young Danish convert’s ‎plan to bomb not only the Jewish school but also a Danish school — they might finally ‎realize that security is not only a Jewish problem. It is a societal problem.

This article was originally published by Israel Hayom.

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  • steve pasternak

    “as demonstrated by the young Danish convert’s ‎plan to bomb not only the Jewish school but also a Danish school”

    NO! they are 2 schools both are Danish:
    1 is a Danish jewish school and
    1 is a Danish public school

  • geoffrey ben-nathan

    There seems to be a blind-spot, or, if not a blind-spot, a reluctance to add two and two together to make four.

    It’s not Denmark that is the problem. It’s ISLAM in Denmark that is the problem. The Jew-hatred seems to stem from this source – not the Danes themselves.

    The same may go for other European countries.

  • Tony trenton

    The Trojan Horse of Syrian “Refugees” is the latest Islamic Muslim strategic move to overwhelm Western Democracy.

    The Death Cult of Islam, is preparing for the Koranic Directive of ridding the world of Infidels and initiating their ‘War of Blood’.

    This is So that their Mahdi will appear and lead the ‘True Islamic Believers,’ to a glorious victory over the Infidels.

    All for the creation of ‘Their Dream’, of an Islam only world wide Caliphate.

    Infidels would be given 3. Choices !!!

    1. Convert to Islam.

    2. Become slaves to Muslims.

    3. Be beheaded.

    This IS ISLAM !!!

    Without Infidels!!!

  • stevenl

    Crass antisemitism is a 2nd nature for many EU countries.
    Societal problem!!!!! It is all about Islamo-fascism and socialo-fascism.

  • Lia

    Praying for the entire world, every country and people, that we may all wake up and everybody threatened may be saved.

  • Con Ken

    Hmmm, from what I can tell, gentiles and Jews have been attacked, also Christian Muslims have been brutally attacked in migrant shelters.
    So Danish people in 2016 are in shock? Where have they been living as a hermet?
    I mean really Sweden is right next door, surly they been watching how Islamic Muslims act and think..
    My shock is that Denmark could be shocked about anything at this point.
    Your liberal govt is going to continue to bend over for merkles EU and the Muslims r going to kill you and Denmark, it’s just a matter of time.
    Your people are cowards, none have trully proven that they don’t want Muslims in their country. Because the removal of them is just not political correct.
    Rip Denmark

    • MH8169

      Con Ken, You are so right. Western Europe and most of Eastern Europe as well, is a dead zone. The EU needs a colonoscopy and quickly!