Following the attacks in Copenhagen, Rabbi Menachem Margolin is calling for gun laws in Europe be changed so Jews can “carry weapons” with which to protect themselves.
Margolin is the director general of the Rabbinical Centre of Europe (RCE) and the European Jewish Association (EJA).
According to Newsweek, Margolin first called for an exclusive change in gun laws in a letter he wrote following the attacks in Paris that lasted from January 7 to January 9. The letter “called all European governments to alter gun licensing laws so that Jews could carry weapons.”
Margolin says he did not receive “a real response” to his letter. So now, in the wake of Copenhagen, he is renewing his call.
The government is unable to protect its citizens. Jewish institutions are a main target, and we need them to monitor and fight against antisemitism, but governments do not understand the situation. The serious demand is that every Jewish institution is protected 24/7. When I pick up my son at the synagogue I want to make sure that he is there and he is alive. It is a very basic request.
He points out that security guards protecting Jewish interests in Copenhagen were not even armed. “What are security guards supposed to do if they are not armed?” he asked.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reacted to the Copenhagen attack by calling for Jews in Europe to “return home to Israel” for their own safety. Margolin does not agree. He believes the answer lies in changing gun laws so Jews can protect themselves regardless of which country they are in.
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