President Obama expresses solidarity with Danish allies, as world leaders confront the rapid spike in anti-Semitic attacks across the globe.
US President Barack Obama spoke with Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt on Monday, empathizing with Denmark’s plight in the wake of the double Islamic terror attacks in Copenhagen that claimed the lives of two victims, one of them a Jew.
During a phone call, Obama and Thorning-Schmidt “agreed on the need to work together to confront attacks on freedom of expression as well as against anti-Semitic violence,” the White House said in a statement.
The statement added that Obama offered his condolences to the victims and expressed “American solidarity with our Danish allies.”
Obama also welcomed Denmark’s participation in a three-day, high-level summit he is hosting this week to share best practices and agree on a plan of action to counter radicalization, recruitment and incitement to violence, the White House said.
The summit was initially planned and scheduled after the two Muslim terror attacks in Paris last months that claimed the lives of 17 victims.
Jews across Europe have become fearful of a growing wave of anti-Semitic attacks on the Continent.
Thorning-Schmidt stated after the attacks that “the Jewish community have been in this country for centuries. They belong in Denmark, they are part of the Danish community and we wouldn’t be the same without the Jewish community in Denmark.”
However, Prime Minister Netanyahu warned on Sunday, “This wave of attacks will continue. Of course, Jews deserve protection in every country but we say to Jews, to our brothers and sisters: Israel is your home.”