By Donna Rachel Edmunds
A Jewish community leader has warned that Jews represent the front
line against a “new flame of radical Islamic terror”, and that
anti-Semitism in Europe has reached levels not seen since the 1930s.
Speaking at a committee meeting of the World Jewish Congress in
Washington, Ronald Lauder, President of the Congress, told his fellow
committee members that the United States could not sit idly by while
anti-Semitic attacks were taking place across Europe, the Telegraph has reported.
“Once again, like the 1930s, European Jews live in fear. The United
States can and must speak loudly and clearly to condemn this evil for
what it is – the radical Islamic hatred of Jews. To defeat this new
flame of radical Islamic terror and survive… the United States must
In particular he drew attention to recent attacks in Toulouse and
Paris, France, and in Copenhagen, Denmark. Lauder, the billionaire son
of cosmetics giant Estee Lauder, was joined by Roger Cukierman, a French
Jewish leader, and Dan Asmussen, a Danish Jewish leader.
Danish society “itself is not and has never been anti-Semitic and
many of the threats facing Danish Jewry – like in the rest of Europe –
come from marginalized and radicalized Muslims, and these form a small
minority of all Muslims in Denmark,” Asmussen said.
Cukierman added: “This is a war against Western modern civilization.
And the Jews are seen by these Jihadists as a privileged target. We Jews
are the sentinels at the forefront of this war. But we are not the only
victims. Military forces, policemen and women, journalists were also
targeted and killed.”
Since the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris in January, which left 17
people, including six Jews, dead, France has been on high alert against
similar terrorist attacks. Synagogues and Jewish schools now have police
protection, but many of France’s Jews are openly discussing leaving for
Israel amid fears of similar attacks.
The number of Jews leaving France doubled to 7,000 last year, before
January’s attack which targeted a Kosher supermarket as well as the
And it has emerged that a request by Dan Asmussen made directly to
Denmark’s Justice Minister Mette Frederiksen for more security outside
synagogues was refused just two months before Omar Abdel Hamid
El-Hussein, a Danish-born 22 year old, opened fire in a synagogue
killing one man. El-Hussein also killed a spectator at a freedom of
speech rally taking place in the city.