Prime Minister Netanyahu called on Jews from Europe to immigrate to Israel following the shooting outside of a synagogue in Copenhagen Saturday in which one man, Dan Uzan, 37, was killed.
Uzan was killed while guarding a bat mitzvah celebration outside the Krystalgade synagogue in Copenhagen. Five police officers were also injured in the attack, the attack taking place just hours after a shooting at a community center holding a free speech event.
Danish police claimed to have killed who they believe to be the suspect of both attacks Sunday morning.
Netanyahu called for a “massive immigration” of Jews, introducing a $46 million budget to encourage Jewish immigration from Europe, specifically France, Belgium and Ukraine.
Netanyahu stated on rising anti-Semitism in Europe and yesterday’s attack in Copenhagen, “We send our condolences to the Danish people, and also to the Jewish community in Denmark. Once again Jews are murdered on the soil of Europe just for being Jews. This wave of terror attacks is expected to continue, including these murderous anti-Semitic attacks… Obviously Jews deserve protection in every country, but we say to the Jews, to our brothers and sisters: Israel is your home.
Netanyahu added that, “we are preparing for a wave of mass aliyah [Jewish immigration] from Europe; we are calling for a wave of mass aliyah from Europe. I want to tell all the Jews of Europe, and Jews wherever they may be- Israel is the home of every Jew… Israel awaits you with open arms.”
Photo credit: “In front of the Copenhagen Synagogue -cphshootings (15915641124)” by Kim Bach from Taastrup, Denmark – In front of the Copenhagen Synagogue #cphshootings. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.
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