Israeli Ambassador Warns Jews in Demark to Keep a Low Profile


“We advise Israelis who come to Denmark and want to go to the synagogue to wait to don their skullcaps 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,” Israeli Ambassador to Denmark Arthur Avnon told AFP as he addressed growing security concerns surrounding rising anti-Semitism in that country. According to an Israel Radio report on Thursday, 29 Kislev 5773, there were 39 recorded anti-Semitic and anti-Israel attacks over the past year.

Jews are being advised to refrain from outwardly exhibiting their Jewish identity, including jewelry.

Jewish community leaders in Copenhagen also issued an advisory for students attending a private Jewish school to maintain vigilance and exercise caution in light of the increasingly hostile sentiment.

In November 2012, the Israeli Embassy was attacked by dozens of protestors hurling stones. While Jewish officials in Denmark do not wish to cause alarm or signal a troublesome situation, they appear to feel current realities warrants prudent actions by the members of the Jewish community.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)