by Tabea Guenzler
Copenhagen’s Jews experienced significant changes in the aftermath caused by a terror attack in February 2015. Toughened security resulted in guards placed in front of the synagogue and Jewish community centers. “In the beginning we were concerned about this, but somehow you become used to it”, says Jonas Karpantschof, Director of Public Affairs of the Jewish Community, who was hired in the same year of the attacks.
Four years after the shooting a rise in antisemitism is feared among community members. Karpantschof refers to reports from other European countries where an increase in antisemitism has been seen in the past weeks. “Denmark protects the Jewish Community enough, but we would like to see more action in combating antisemitism”, Karpantschof says.
According to a survey on Jewish people’s experiences with hate crime, discrimination and antisemitism by The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), “a majority of respondents believe that their national governments’ efforts to combat antisemitism are not effective.”