Statement on Attacks in Copenhagen
Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County is horrified and saddened by the weekend’s attacks on Krystalgade Synagogue and the cultural center in Copenhagen, Denmark that have left at least two people dead. We stand shoulder to shoulder in firm solidarity with our Jewish brothers and sisters in Denmark – and with all of the Danish people at this very difficult time.
Our heartfelt condolences go out to the attacks’ victims, including Dan Uzan, a volunteer who was serving as a security guard outside the synagogue while a bat mitzvah celebration took place inside. Uzan’s brave presence and heroic sacrifice reportedly prevented a far greater tragedy. We also pray for a speedy recovery to those injured in the attacks, including numerous police officers.
We are once again disturbed by these violent attacks against Jews and Jewish institutions. We condemn the alarming rise in anti-Semitic activity in France, Ukraine, and elsewhere around the world.
We call on global leaders to take action to avert terrorist attacks on Jewish individuals, communities and institutions, and we urge European countries to eradicate terrorist groups from their soil.
Through our community’s generosity to Federation’s Annual Campaign, our global partners are rigorously providing life-saving services in Europe and elsewhere around the world, including intensified security for Jewish institutions, vital humanitarian relief in times of emergency and continued connections to Jewish life.
In addition, Federation’s partners continue to regularly confer with government agencies on matters of Jewish communal safety, as well as consult Jewish organizations in the United States and abroad on security-related matters.
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