Following the twin terror attacks in Denmark on Saturday, Israeli leaders are calling on the international community to ramp up its fight against terrorism and anti-Semitism.
Economy Minister and Jewish Home chairman Naftali Bennett spoke with leaders of Denmark’s Jewish community on Sunday, expressing his condolences after a lone terrorist shot and killed one at a synagogue in Copenhagen.
“We will not agree to get used to the point where people can just shoot the Jews in the streets of Europe,” he said. “You cannot make the streets an anti-Semitic shooting range.”
Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman condemned the attacks, saying that the incidents in Copenhagen proves the need for “a truly uncompromising war against Islamic terror and its causes.”
“The chain of events in Copenhagen, the attack on a conference for freedom of expression and on a synagogue, proves what we have said over the years: that Israel and the Jews bear the brunt of terrorism first of all because they are the front line in the war of terrorism against the West and the entire free world,” Liberman stated.
“The entire international community should not settle for declarations and rallies against this terror but shake the rules of political correctness and maintain a bitter war of right against Islamic terrorism and its roots,” he added.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a stark warning for Jews in Europe on Sunday. “Extremist Islamic terrorism has struck Europe again, this time in Denmark,” he said. “We send our condolences to the Danish people and to the Jewish community in Denmark. Jews have been murdered again on European soil only because they were Jews and this wave of terrorist attacks – including murderous anti-Semitic attacks – is expected to continue.”
“Of course, Jews deserve protection in every country but we say to Jews, to our brothers and sisters: Israel is your home. We are preparing and calling for the absorption of mass immigration from Europe. I would like to tell all European Jews and all Jews wherever they are: ‘Israel is the home of every Jew.'”
On Saturday, a gunman opened fire on a conference hosting discussion on free speech and Islam. Shooting over 200 bullets, one person was killed in the attack. After shooting up the conference, the gunman attacked a synagogue in the Danish capital, wounding two policemen and killing a member of the Jewish community.
Early Sunday morning, Danish police announced that they shot and killed a man who they believe was the suspect behind the terror attacks.
Danish officials have drawn parallels between the attacks in Copenhagen and those in Paris on the Charlie Hebdo headquarters and the HyperCacher kosher supermarket.