In the wake of hate-related attacks in the capital of Denmark which have left several dead, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has urged European Jews to move to Israel, stating that "Israel is the home of every Jew."
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu repeated his calls for European Jews to immigrate to Israel, in response to the deadly shooting sprees in Copenhagen, Denmark on Saturday and Sunday, which left three people, including a Jewish synagogue guard, dead.
"Extreme Islamic terror in Europe has struck again, this time in Denmark," Netanyahu told Israel's Cabinet on Sunday. "Jews have been murdered again on European soil only because they were Jews, and this wave of terrorist attacks, including murderous anti-Semitic attacks, is expected to continue."
Citing security concerns for European Jews, Netanyahu noted that in light of the attacks, "we say to Jews, to our brothers and sisters: Israel is your home. 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." The Prime Minister added that "Israel is waiting for you with open arms."
Netanyahu noted that the government is planning to add $46.25 million to programs aimed at supporting Jews around the world. The programs are aimed at encouraging Hebrew education, establishing and maintaining connections between European Jewish communities and Israel, and supporting immigration for Jews from Western Europe, as well as Ukraine.
Sunday's comments follow remarks made by the Prime Minister last month in the wake of the Paris attacks on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and a kosher market which left 17 dead. Netanyahu had then noted that his government would welcome "all Jews who want to immigrate to Israel…warmly and with open arms," and would "help you in your absorption here."
The Israeli newspaper Haaretz has recently explained that Netanyahu's government has sought to double the flow of Jewish immigrants from Europe in light of the recent attacks in Europe.
On Saturday, two gunmen opened fire at a debate on free speech in Krudttønden, a local cultural center in Copenhagen, Denmark. The attack left one person dead and three police officers injured. On Sunday, a synagogue guard was shot in the head by an unidentified gunman in a synagogue in the Danish capital. Two more police officers were wounded in the second attack. On Sunday morning, Copenhagen police announced that they had fatally shot the gunman believed responsible for the two lethal shootings, near the city's railway station.
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