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Jewish guard Dan Uzan laid to rest in Copenhagen

WJC, Crowds of mourners turn out for the funeral of the Jewish man killed in the Copenhagen shooting spree, as questions mount about whether more could have been done to prevent the attacks, reports AFP. Dan Uzan, a 37-year-old volunteer security guard, was killed outside Copenhagen’s main synagogue in the second of two weekend shootings that sent jitters across Europe.

Security was tight as hundreds of people gather at a Jewish cemetery in Copenhagen for Uzan’s funeral, with police out in force along with sniffer dogs and snipers posted on nearby rooftops.

“Everybody in our community knew Dan,” Dan Rosenberg Asmussen, the head of the Danish Jewish community, told AFP. “He was always ready to his part, he was a very fine example for the whole community.”

Denmark's chief rabbi said Uzan was an "irreplaceable" security guard protecting the city's Jewish community. Rabbi Jair Melchior told Associated Press: "He was a person who was always willing to help. An amazing, amazing guy."

There are an estimated 6,000 to 7,000 Jews in Denmark, including about 2,000 active members of the Jewish community, which operates its own security patrol that coordinates with police to protect Jewish institutions.

The community had previously asked police for enhanced security, and following last month's attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris, Denmark police began reevaluating security arrangements.

In neighboring Sweden, where Jewish institutions were on lockdown for two days following the Copenhagen terror attacks, security has also been enhanced. Police officers guarding Jewish buildings in Sweden should carry automatic rifles, according to new directives.
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World Jewish Congress President Robert S. Lauder urges Danish governmet to secure Jewish community, Counter rising Anti-Semitic violance

Following the attacks at a synagogue and café in Copenhagen, Denmark on Saturday, World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder strongly condemned the incidents and urged the Danish government to find those responsible while stepping up efforts to protect the local Jewish community against rising anti-Semitic violence.

“The World Jewish Congress deplores these despicable attacks, and stands in solidarity with the Jewish community and the people of Denmark,” said Lauder of the shooting at a synagogue in central Copenhagen, in which a civilian was killed and two police officers were injured, and an earlier attack. The synagogue shooting took place shortly after an earlier attack at a Copenhagen café where a Swedish artist who had produce caricatures of the prophet Mohammed was speaking at an event on freedom of speech. One person was killed and three police officers were injured in that attack. It is not yet clear if the two incidents were connected.

“We are confident the Danish government will take all necessary measures to bring those responsible for these attacks to justice, and we urge them to help secure the local Jewish community against anti-Semitic violence,” Lauder said.

“These attacks in Copenhagen follow the similar, brutal targeting of Jews and others in Paris and across Europe,” Lauder added. “European governments should recognize that we are facing a vicious new wave of anti-Semitism and violence. It is crucial that Europe contends with this growing threat.”

World Jewish Congress CEO Robert Singer visited Copenhagen late last year and discussed with Danish authorities the importance of heightening security measures for the local Jewish community.

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