"Op-Ed: EXPOSÉ: Something is Rotten in a Denmark Unsafe for Jews" March 08, 2013, INN
It’s just as unsafe in 2013 to be a Jew in Copenhagen as it is to be a Jew in an Arab country. In 2001, a poster in Arabic was pinned up on the notice board at a Copenhagen college. It promised a reward of $35,000 to anybody who would kill a Jew.
In Shakespeare’s Hamlet there is a line that has become famous: “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark”.
Denmark, the first Scandinavian country to permit Jews to settle in the 17th century and still one of the world’s most attractive nations for immigrants and tourists alike, has become a very dangerous place for the Jews. Denmark, which was considered a positive exception in the history of the Holocaust, today is a bit of an exception once again, in Europe’s post-Holocaust anti-Semitism.
It’s just as unsafe in 2013 to be a Jew in Copenhagen as it is to be a Jew in an Arab country.
The Danish Jewish community documented 40 anti-Semitic incidents in 2012, almost double the number in 2009. An exodus of Danish Jews has already begun. They are moving to countries where Jews can live in comparative safety, such as Israel and the United States.
The orgy of hatred began in 2001, when an anonymous poster in Arabic was pinned up on the notice board at the Niels Brock College in Copenhagen. It promised a reward of $35,000 to anybody who would kill a Jew.
Today there is a network of “no-go zones” in suburbs of Copenhagen and other Danish cities that are now autonomous enclaves ruled by Islamic groups. Areas where Danish police fear to tread. It has become acceptable that in one of Europe’s great capitals someone wearing a Star of David cannot walk safely in the streets or in the shopping malls.
Barbed-wire and security guards are a regular part of Jewish children’s’ school day in Denmark. The entrance of the Caroline Jewish Skole in Copenhagen’s Østerbro district is surrounded by a 2.5 meter-high barbed-wire fence, while the Humlehave School in Odense, the birth place of Hans Christian Andersen, admitted it would refuse Jewish parents’ wish to place their child at his school. It is too dangerous.