This weekend's terror attacks
on a Copenhagen synagogue and at an event promoting free speech should serve "as another wake-up call to all of Europe" to the clear dangers posed by radical terrorists, Anti-Defamation League National Director Abraham Foxman said Sunday.
"This latest attack, apparently motivated by anti-Semitism and radical Islamic extremist ideology, is another assault on democracy and free society," Foxman said in a statement. "With Jews in the crosshairs, there is an urgent need for European leaders to act quickly and effectively to ensure their safety."
Police killed a lone gunman Sunday suspected in the two separate attacks that claimed the lives of Dan Uzan, 37, who was a member of the Copenhagen Jewish community serving as a guard at a celebration at a Jewish community building near the synagogue, and of filmmaker Finn Norgaard. Five police officers were also killed in the attacks.
Foxman said the ADL is "deeply shocked and outraged" by the attacks.
"What kind of madness is this when a Jewish community cannot celebrate a bat mitzvah without fear of attack?" said Foxman. "The attacks in Copenhagen are tragic reminders that Islamic extremists target Jews and democratic freedoms together."
And as with the terror attacks in Paris, said Foxman, "once again we see that anti-Semitism is at the core of Islamic extremist ideology. This link has not been sufficiently understood throughout Europe, despite the Paris attacks."
According to an ADL survey in 2013 and early 2014, just nine percent of adults in Denmark have anti-Semitic attitudes, the ADL statement said, marking the same levels found in the United States and one of the lowest levels in Western Europe.
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