|Volunteer security personnel patrolling the perimeter of a Jewish|
community building... that could be almost anywhere (Shomrim is the
Hebrew word for guards) [Image Source]
It's striking to us how Denmark's Jewish community, alive to the danger, had asked that the police raise the level of their alertness to attacks like the one that eventuated - but were rebuffed. Associated Press reported a month before the lethal attacks that:
Denmark's Jewish community has asked for a police presence outside the Copenhagen synagogue during services and when students arrive and leave the city's Jewish school following the terror attacks in Paris. Community chairman Dan Rosenberg Asmussen says he made the request Wednesday to Justice Minister Mette Frederiksen who stopped short of making any promises to the country's 7,000-strong Jewish community. She said Denmark's security agency would make reconsider security at Jewish institutions. Frederiksen said the attacks in Paris made "us painfully aware of the importance that our Jewish fellow citizens can feel safe." [NY Times, "Danish Jews Want Police Outside Synagogue, School", January 14, 2015]
There is a vast program in our country called the Secure Schools Programme, which I convinced the previous Labor Government to adopt. The programme funds the protection of Australia Jewish institutions, particularly so that events like Copenhagen, the attacks in Brussels and France, as well as the earlier jihadist murders at the Chabad school in Toulouse, might be prevented. The current Government continued this program and, matching a Labor election commitment, has extended this program to funding security guards and I’m relieved that the Government has finally adopted that.
"Security was tight... with police out in force with sniffer dogs and snipers posted on nearby rooftops." [Telegraph UK, February 18, 2015]
700 to 1,000 mourners attended the funeral of [Omar El-Hussein,] the gunman who shot dead two and injured five others in the Danish capital earlier this month, prompting concern and anger among Danes and Danish Jews... The ceremony took place at the Islamic Society of Denmark in Copenhagen following Friday prayers and was followed by the burial outside the city at a Muslim cemetery in the suburb of Brøndby... The funeral was open to the public, although witnesses described the attendees to local Danish media as mostly Muslim young men, with many “wearing large black coats, having covered their faces”. The Copenhagen Police sent a press release before the event urging attendees to show due respect.