Synagogues no longer a safe haven for Jewish people – leading European rabbi warns

Simon Osborne – February 20, 2017

SYNAGOGUES no longer provide a safe haven for Jewish people, one of Europe’s leading rabbis has warned.

Moscow’s Chief Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, president of the Conference of European Rabbis, was speaking at a conference called “Securing Jewish Communities across Europe”.

He said: “At the back of almost every Jew’s mind is the possibility of what could happen.

“Sadly, in Copenhagen, Brussels and in Paris, that has become a reality.

“The Jewish community finds itself targeted from a number of directions: from the extreme right, the extreme left and Islamic terrorism.”

Peter Neumann, director of the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, described Jewish people as a “priority target.”

He said: “They are the first ones to be targeted.

“If Jews are being targeted, then all citizens should be worried because there is more to come.