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Police Release Details on Suspected Gunman in Copenhagen Attacks
By VOA News & DEBKAfile
Danish police shot and killed a man early Sunday suspected in the slayings of two
people in Copenhagen since Saturday, in what the country's prime minister calls a "cynical
act of terror against Denmark."
Authorities said the Denmark-born 22-year-old alleged gunman was fatally shot after he
opened fire on officers near a train station. His previous criminal record included
violence and weapons offenses, according to police. Officials said no evidence suggests
other gunmen were involved in the shootings, one at a free-speech event and the other
outside a Copenhagen synagogue.
In the first attack, a gunman with an automatic weapon killed one person and wounded
three police officers at a cafe. Danish media identified the deceased as film director
Finn Norgaard, 55.
In the second incident, outside the main synagogue in central Copenhagen, a young man
was shot in the head at close range and two police officers guarding the building were
injured. The gunman ran from the scene on foot.
Dan Uzan was guarding a bat mitzvah ceremony when he was killed and two police officers
wounded in the synagogue shooting. Standing in front of the temple, Denmark's Prime
Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt offered condolences on Sunday.
"Our thoughts go to the whole of the Jewish community today. They belong in Denmark,
they are strong part of our community. And we will do everything we can to protect the
Jewish community in our country," Thorning-Schmidt said.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the deadly attacks. The United States
condemned the attack at the cafe, calling it deplorable. We remain in communication with
Danish authorities and have offered to be of assistance in any way needed," State
Department Spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement.
The Danish police have named the perpetrator of two Copenhagen terrorist attacks
Saturday night, costing two lives and injuring five policemen. Omer Abd al-Amir Hossein,
22, a Muslim born and raised in Denmark was shot dead in a firefight with police at the
northern Copenhagen Metro. He had a criminal record and recently served time in
The man killed in a shootout with police at a Copenhagen metro was on Danish
intelligence service radar before he attacked a café and synagogue and killed two
people Saturday night, Jens Madsen of the Danish Security and Intelligence service (PET)
told reporters Sunday. He may have been inspired by ISIS propaganda and the attacks in
Paris last month
Israel Calls for Mass Jewish Immigration after Denmark Attack
By VOA News & Reuters
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu called for "massive" Jewish immigration to
Israel in the wake of the shooting at a synagogue in Copenhagen that left a 37-year-old
Jewish security guard dead in the attack.
Speaking Sunday at the weekly Cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, Netanyahu said Jews deserve
to live in security in every country, but he questioned whether Europe could provide it.
He said anti-Semitic attacks "are expected to continue in Europe
where Jews are
being murdered because they are Jews." The prime minister blamed the attacks on Islamic
extremists. Addressing the Jews of Europe as "our brothers and sisters," Netanyahu said,
"Israel is your home."
Netanyahu made a similar appeal to French Jewry in January after the terrorist attack
on a kosher supermarket in Paris. And many French Jews are responding, saying they no
longer feel safe amid a growing wave of anti-Semitism. About 7,000 Jews from France
immigrated to Israel in 2014 and officials said that number is expected to rise to 10,000
But Israel's appeals for the immigration of European Jews have not been well received
by their host countries. Leaders in France said Jews are an integral part of French
society and history and they should remain in the country.
In Denmark, the chief rabbi expressed disappointment with Netanyahu's remarks. The
rabbi said that "terror is not a reason to move to Israel." Danish Prime Minister Helle
Thorning-Schmidt vowed her country will "do everything we can to protect the Jewish
In Yemen, a few worried families are all that remain of that nation's ancient Jewish
community, and they too may soon flee after a Shi'ite Muslim militia seized power in the
strife-torn country this month.
Harassment by the Houthi movement - whose motto is "Death to America, death to Israel,
curse the Jews, victory to Islam" - caused Jews in recent years to largely quit the
northern highlands they shared with Yemen's Shi'ites for millennia.
But political feuds in which the Jews played no part escalated last September into an
armed Houthi plunge into the capital Sanaa, the community's main refuge from which some
now contemplate a final exodus.
Around six Yemeni Jews from the same family arrived in Israel on Friday, members of the
community told Reuters. "Since last September, our movements have become very limited for
fear of the security situation, and there are some members of the community who preferred
to leave Yemen," sighed chief rabbi Yahya Youssef, sitting in his apartment within a
walled compound next to ministry of defense.
Dressed in the traditional Yemeni flowing robe, blazer and headwrap, Rabbi Yahya's
lined face is framed by two long curls on each side. Along with Hebrew he and his
co-religionists speak Arabic, value local customs and are wary of life beyond home. "We
don't want to leave. If we wanted to, we would have done so a long time ago," Yahya said
as his infirmed old father rested in the sun outside their home.
Jews evacuated from the Houthi stronghold of Saada province in 2009 to the
government-guarded compound have dwindled from 76 to 45. A group of 26 others live in a
city north of the capital. Their total number is down from around 200-300 just a few years
ago and now makes up a tiny fraction of Yemen's 19 million-strong population.
Yemen's Jewish community numbered over 40,000 until 1949, when Israel organized their
mass transfer to the newly-established state. Those who stayed say they had lived in peace
with their neighbors in the Muslim Arab country.
Boredom and isolation reign at the Jews' lodgings in their unlikely ghetto in a luxury
enclave called "Tourist City" near the now-evacuated United States embassy. Cut off from
the carpentry and metalworking shops that were their renowned trade for centuries,
residents now subsist on small government allowances that they say barely meet their
Young men who venture into the souk often tuck their distinctive curls up into their
headwraps for fear of bullying. Boys are no longer eager to grow them in the first place.
The local Houthi official now responsible for the surrounding neighborhood visited Rabbi
Yahya on Thursday to offer reassurances, according to a Reuters correspondent who was
"Jews are safe and no harm will come to them," said Abu al-Fadl, who like other leaders
in the movement goes by a nom de guerre and not his given name. "The problem of the
Houthis is not with the Jews of Yemen but with Israel, which occupies Palestine," he
added. But memories of death threats and Houthi fighters burning down Jewish homes during
the militia's decade of on-off war with the now nonexistent Sanaa government will not be
Israel-linked organizations have in the past repeatedly helped whisk Jews out of Yemen,
but Israeli government spokespeople declined comment on the matter, citing reluctance to
endanger Yemen's Jews by association with Israel. "There are certainly discussions going
on over options available regarding the Yemenite Jews," said an Israeli official briefed
on immigration matters.
But these are individuals who will have to make their own individual decisions about
what to do," the official added. Safety may not be the only concern for the deeply
conservative community though, who fear life in Israel or elsewhere will be an affront to
their traditional values. "In Israel, the girls rebel against their fathers, and we fear
for our daughters. I could not accept that my daughter might come to me one day and tell
me that she was married to her boyfriend," Rabbi Yahya said. "This is not permissible in
Government Approves Slimmed-Down Plan to Encourage Immigration
The Israeli government approved on Sunday a plan to encourage immigration from France,
Belgium, and Ukraine, following the rise in anti-Semitic attacks in western Europe and the
war in Ukraine.
The plan, which includes improvement of the system for absorbing immigrants, will be
allocated NIS 180 million significantly lower than the original sum suggested in an
Immigration Ministry proposal. The plan aims to bring about a "significant increase" in
the number of immigrants by boosting Hebrew studies, holding immigration fairs, and
posting more immigration officials in those countries, according to a government
The plan was designed to bring a large influx of immigrants from the aforementioned
countries, and involves the Ministries of Immigrant Absorption, Education, Economy,
Welfare and Social Services, Interior, and Health.
A recent ADL poll in Denmark found relatively low levels of anti-Semitic attitudes
among the general population. According to the ADL Global 100 Survey, fielded in late 2013
and early 2014, only 9% of adults harbor anti-Semitic attitudes in Denmark, the same level
as found in the United States and one of the lowest findings in Western Europe.
According to statistics from the Ministry of Immigrant Absorption and the Jewish
Agency, there has been a large increase in the number of people considering immigrating to
Israel, especially Jews in France and Ukraine. The Jewish Agency's call center in France
received 69,000 applicants, 84,000 in 2014, and more than 11,000 in January 2015 alone.
Ukraine had 13,000 applicants call in 2013, 15,000 in 2014, and more than 1,300 in January
American Officials Deny Obama Admin is 'Punishing' Israel
Senior officials in both the State Department and White House denied on Sunday evening
reports in the Israeli media that the Obama administration is "punishing" Israel for Prime
Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's speech to Congress and has stopped sharing information with
Israel about the nuclear talks with Iran.
The report on Channel 2 News stated that Undersecretary of State Wendy Sherman, who is
in charge of the nuclear talks with Iran, has announced that she is no longer briefing
Israel about the talks, because the Israeli government is using the information in a
manipulative and political way.
Susan Rice, Obama's national security adviser, has also announced that she is cutting
off contact with her Israeli counterpart, Yossi Cohen, because Israel has turned an
international security issue to a political one, and is using it to influence internal
U.S. politics, reported Channel 2.
Senior Obama administration officials denied the reports as false and told the
Washington Free Beacon that conversations with Israel are ongoing. "Conversations continue
with Israel on the Iran nuclear negotiations," a senior State Department official who
asked not to be named told the website. "And Secretary Kerry continues his conversations
with Prime Minister Netanyahu about this issue, as has always been the case," the senior
The speech that Netanyahu will give before Congress at the beginning of next month has
brought to light the tensions between Israel and the United States, as the White House has
made clear that neither President Barack Obama nor Secretary of State John Kerry would
meet Netanyahu while he is in Washington, explaining that American policy is not to meet
foreign leaders on dates that are close to national elections in their countries.
Furthermore, Vice President Joe Biden has announced that he will be travelling abroad
during the joint session of Congress and will not be present when Netanyahu gives his
Controversy over Nationalists' 'Eternal Jew' Video
The grassroots Samaria Regional Council has produced a highly controversial animated video that shows leftist groups that "tattle" on Israel and the IDF in a way similar to how Nazis depicted Jews in their anti-Semitic propaganda. See http://youtu.be/qhbyRb8fu44
The video's message is that while leftists may think that Europe has changed since the
Holocaust, the Europeans see them in the same way that they saw Jews in those dark days
as they pay them money to betray their countrymen.
It is called "The Eternal Jew?" just like the title of the infamous 1940 Nazi
propaganda film, but with a question mark at the end. The video shows a hook-nosed figure
accepting repeated payments of Euros from a German-accented master for carrying out
various provocations that are used in leftist-controlled media to portray Israel in a bad
light: from sawing down trees in order to blame "the settlers," to manufacturing faux news
reports about supposed IDF cruelty and abuse of Arab human rights.
The video ends with the German master suggesting that the Jew "take care" of himself
and the Jew ending his own life.
Dani Dayan, the former head of the Yesha Council, an unofficial organization of Judea
and Samaria local leaders, attacked the Samaria Regional Council for creating the video.
"As a resident of Samaria for 26 years, I wish to state again that this council does not
represent me. I am convinced that it does not represent most of the residents of Samaria,"
he wrote on Facebook.
Jewish Home leader Naftali Bennett said that while he agrees with the video's content,
he finds its style to be wrong. Europe does, indeed, fund leftist organizations that harm
IDF soldiers, he said, "and groups like B'tselem and Yesh Din collect information on IDF
soldiers and pass it on to the enemy and the Goldstone report."
Incitement works both ways in Israel, he noted. "Not a day goes by in which I do not
receive messages that I am a fascist, a murderer," said Bennett, reminding his audience of
an appearance before the Ha'aretz Conference in which he was attacked physically.
He added that he opposes making censorship of content on the internet stricter, saying:
"We need to tolerate the things that are hard to bear. I oppose using Nazi images
regarding what is happening in Israel," he stated, however. "The Holocaust was a singular
The Samaria Regional Council's head, veteran Samaria settlement leader Benny Katzover,
told Army Radio that he had "censored" some elements in the video and that the version
uploaded was actually softer than the original. However, he noted "we included some
sharp elements in it on purpose."
"There were even more extreme images in there, because the image of leftist
organizations that woo the greatest anti-Semites is despicable, but we know that the
Israeli ear is sensitive to overdoses, so we made it more delicate," he explained.
"The video is about the shameful phenomenon in which Israeli leftist groups receive
funding from anti-Semitic Israel-hating elements in Europe," Katzover told Channel 2.
"What would you call a Jew who collaborates with them? A lowly 'Jew-boy' whose acts need
to be publicized, so that maybe he will stop them."
"The huge nose is an anti-Semitic motif," Katzover admitted, and we used these motifs
because these are lowly 'Jew-boys' who are able to receive their payment from anti-Semitic
elements. The Jewish nose is their symbol and they are the ones who want to continue what
Nazi Germany started, and finish off the state of Israel and it is a disgrace that
there are Jews who are ready to collaborate with them."
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