One of Europe’s most prominent Jewish organizations is asking leaders on the continent to review firearms laws due to the uptick of terrorism and anti-semitism across the continent. A letter making the request comes after last week’s terrorist attack on satirical news organization Charlie Hebdo, in which 17 people died.
EUROPE: Following last week’s deadly attacks in Paris, Rabbi Menachem Margolin urges EU gov’ts to allow special gun permits for Jews.
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European Jewish Association (EJA) General Director Rabbi Menachem Margolin (pictured above) told The Washington Free Beacon in an article published Thursday that anti-semitism in Europe has been growing for “a very long time.”
“We demanded from the European governments some time ago that action should be taken [and] we’re not surprised to see the results in Paris,” Margolin said. “Many people today are not coming to synagogue because of the issue and they’d be more comfortable if they knew people were trained to react in an emergency.”
In his letter to European leaders Tuesday, Margolin is asking laws across Europe to be revisited so members of the Jewish community can carry firearms “for the essential protection of their communities.”
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“The Paris attacks, as well as the many challenges and threats which have been presented to the European Jewish community in recent years, have revealed the urgent need to stop talking and start acting,” he writes.
We hereby ask that gun licensing laws are reviewed with immediate effect to allow designated people in the Jewish communities and institutions to own weapons for the essential protection of their communities, as well as receiving the necessary training to protect their members from potential terror attacks.
Let there be no doubt, we are asking that all weapons will be issued for self-protection only, and to designated personnel that will undergo thorough investigation and training by local authorities.