Policemen "with guns drawn" have been stationed at all synagogues in France since the terror attacks last week, according to Rabbi Moshe Levin of the Conference of European Rabbis. “Usually, police only patrol next to synagogues, but immediately after the attack, an armed guard made up of two policemen has been stationed in front of every synagogue in France,” he said.
The Director of Europe's Federation of Jewish Organizations, Rabbi Menahem Margolin, instructed all of the Federation's subsidiary organizations, 700 synagogues and schools to greatly increase security at the institutions, and to demand that the local authority and security forces at their locations immediately provide armed guards to protect Jewish communities.
"We partake, of course, in the French public's sorrow, and express condolences to the families of victims, whoever they may be,” he added. “The Jews of Europe have been warning all of the governments of the EU – and publicly – for some time, that forgiveness and understanding to any motives of terror toward a minority, will wind up increasing the terror and augmenting its lethal effect against the European fabric of life.
"There is no doubt in anyone's mind anymore that we are in the midst of a terror wave – and this is happening even before many European youths who have enlisted in the forces of radical Islam, return to Europe brainwashed, trained in warfare and well equipped,” observed Rabbi Margolin.
Paris's Chief Rabbi, Haim Korsia, was quoted as saying that the murder in a Paris Jewish supermarket reminds him of the terror attack against a Jewish school in Toulouse in 2012. “The government must beef up its struggle against terrorists and terror,” he said. “These people, who carried out the terror attack, they have one purpose, and that is to instill fear, in everyone. We will not let them have this. I call on everyone to unite in this difficult hour.”