Danish Jews: 'It won't be terror that makes us go to Israel'

Members of the Jewish community respond Monday to Netanyahu's call that they move to Israel, say that Denmark is home.

February 16, 2015 17:18
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A Jewish man at a memorial for the victims of the deadly attacks in front of the synagogue in Krystalgade in Copenhagen, February 15, 2015. (photo credit: REUTERS)

Danish Jews reacted to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's call that they return home to Israel Monday, saying, "we're very grateful for his concern," but "it won't be terror that makes us go to Israel," AFP reported.

Members of the Danish community made these remarks following deadly attacks in Copenhagen over the weekend which left Jewish guard Dan Uzan dead in addition to an earlier victim killed outside an event about Islam and free speech.

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Jeppe Juhl, a spokesman for the Jewish community, told AFP "we understand concern for our well-being, but we are Danish and we are staying in Denmark."

Netanyahu addressed Danish Jews Sunday, sending condolences to the families of those killed and urging Jews to come home.

"Jews need protection wherever they are, but we're telling you: Israel is your home," he said. 

The Danish ambassador to Israel, Jesper Vahr, contradicted Netanyahu's statements Sunday, saying “the solution for the Jews of Denmark is not to leave in the wake of the terror attacks in Copenhagen."

He promised to do "everything in our power so that the Jewish community in Denmark feels safe.”

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