JERUSALEM (JTA) – Denmark’s chief rabbi rejected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s call for European Jews to move to Israel in the wake of a terror attack on a Copenhagen synagogue. “Terror is not a reason to move to Israel,” Denmark Chief Rabbi Jair Melchior said Sunday, Feb. 15.
His remarks came in response to a statement Netanyahu made on Sunday morning before Israel’s Cabinet approved a $46 million plan to encourage immigration and adapt the absorption process to Jews from France, Belgium and Ukraine. “Of course, Jews deserve protection in every country but we say to Jews, to our brothers and sisters: Israel is your home,” Netanyahu said. “We are preparing and calling for the absorption of mass immigration from Europe. I would like to tell all European Jews and all Jews wherever they are: Israel is the home of every Jew. … To the Jews of Europe and to the Jews of the world I say that Israel is waiting for you with open arms.”
The volunteer guard killed outside Copenhagen’s synagogue was identified as Dan Uzan, 37. Uzan, whose father is Israeli and whose mother is Danish, died early Sunday morning shortly after sustaining fatal gunshot injuries.