After the Charlie Hebdo massacre and the murder of French Jews in a Paris market, calls in at least some quarters went up for Europe’s Jews to arm themselves. Relying on the local gendarmerie to protect the targets of aggressive Islamist terrorists didn’t work out well for Charlie Hebdo’s employees (who had police stationed outside their offices at the time of the attack). Why would anyone think that the average European, whether shopping for groceries, eating dinner in a restaurant, or just walking down the street, would fare any better? Yesterday the anti-semitic violence hopped across the channel to north London when a mob of yobs attacked a synagogue shouting “kill the Jews!” . . .
In a shocking video filmed at the scene, chairs are seen being flung against the double doors, shattering panes of glass, as men shout profanities at those desperately barricading the doors.
Those inside then start to fight back by throwing parts of broken chairs around the synagogue. This morning, a mound of broken furniture and trails of blood could be seen strewn across the building.
The incident is said to have taken place after the group attacked a young Jewish man outside the building, who is not a member of the synagogue. As he ran inside for refuge, the thugs chased him inside.
Police said some of the men did manage to briefly break into the synagogue, but were quickly thrown out again by security staff.
As one congregant was quoted,
‘The Rabbi was telling me this was not an anti-Semitic attack but a fight outside that just got out of hand.
‘But from what my friends have told me this was definitely an anti-Semitic attack. People were shouting “kill the Jews”. I’ve seen videos of them chanting that. You can’t say that’s not anti-Semitic.
And denial ain’t just a river in Egypt.
‘I don’t feel safe at all. My friends said they were terrified by what happened last night. I’m so scared sometimes I try to hide my Jewish identity.’
Unfortunately, this person lives in the UK where “security” is provided by video cameras on almost every corner. A fat lot of good that will do, though, when the horde is breaking down your door. So there’s no way to (legally) protect yourself with a firearm. Short of, you know, emigrating.