Sharansky: The Jewish People Embrace You

Jewish Agency Chairman attends funeral of security guard who was murdered outside the synagogue in Copenhagen.

Avi Haim,

Natan Sharansky
Natan Sharansky
Flash 90

Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky took part on Wednesday in the funeral of Dan Uzan, the volunteer security guard who was murdered outside the synagogue in Copenhagen last Saturday night.

"The Jewish people embrace you at this time," Sharansky told Uzan’s family, adding, "The Jewish Agency will do its utmost to help the Jewish community in Denmark to ensure its security and will continue to strengthen the ties of Danish and European Jews with the Jewish people and with Israel."

Sharansky later met with Israel’s ambassador to Denmark and also with young Jewish students from Denmark and Sweden.

In the wake of the terrorist attacks in Copenhagen, both carried out by 22-year-old Omar El-Hussein, there have been calls on Jews to make aliyah to Israel.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, reacting to the shootings, said on Sunday, "This wave of attacks will continue. Of course, Jews deserve protection in every country but we say to Jews, to our brothers and sisters: Israel is your home.”

However, some leaders in Europe rejected Netanyahu’s call, including Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, who said Denmark’s Jews “belong in Denmark”.

Meanwhile, amid concerns over security, Denmark’s Jewish radio station, Radio Shalom, was forced to temporarily cease its broadcasts. A local Jewish school temporarily closed its doors as well.


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