The killing of four French Jews during the hostage stand-off at the Paris kosher market has deepened the fears among European Jewish communities shaken by rising anti-Semitism and feeling vulnerable due to poor security and a large number of potential soft targets. In the wake of the attacks, which follow deadly strikes on a Belgian Jewish museum and a Jewish school in south-western France, Israeli leaders have called on European Jews to immigrate to the Jewish state.
But European Jews are deeply ambivalent about leaving and their community leaders, along with top politicians, have urged people to stay in their homelands.
“The European Jewry is the oldest European minority and we have our experience of surviving under all possible circumstances,” Moshe Kantor, president of the European Jewish Congress, told the Associated Press. “We will not give up our motherland, which is called Europe. We will not stop the history of European Jewry, that is for sure.” Kantor called for increased security at Jewish sites, concerted action against anti-Semitism across the continent and better co-ordination of intelligence forces against religious extremism.
Gibraltar is renown as a role model for tolerance and good neighbourliness among communities of different religions, especially with the existence of social harmony between Jews, Christians and Moslems in Gibraltar.
I’m confident the present vibrant Jewish Gibraltarian population do not feel they are really in any danger ‘from the people of their own community’ here on the Rock. However, it is understandable that because of the present threat level across Europe, that locally, similar precautionary security arrangements are put in place, more as safeguard than as a threat!