Why Hungary’s Jews are the Safest in Europe

The security barrier is visible as a sore thumb when you turn down Krystalgade. It looks like a military checkpoint in a cobblestoned area of Copenhagen. The machine guns, bollards and security cameras all must be a sign that the home of a high ranking politician or royal family member is located.

This is actually something much less important: the mere presence of Danish Jews. Terrorist attacks had already twice hit the Great Synagogue of Copenhagen. In the 1980s, Palestinian militants bombed it. Thirty years later, an Islamic fundamentalist gunned down a member of the community and killed him. Copenhagen’s famous synagogue has been militarized.

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