After attacks, European rabbis train in self-defense
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After attacks, European rabbis train in self-defense

Saying leaders not doing enough to protect Jews, rabbis learn how to survive stabbing attempts, provide first aid

File: Rabbis take part in self-defense training during the Conference of European Rabbis in Prague, Czech Republic, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. (photo credit: AP/Petr David Josek)
File: Rabbis take part in self-defense training during the Conference of European Rabbis in Prague, Czech Republic, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. (photo credit: AP/Petr David Josek)

PRAGUE — Rabbis from European countries have gathered in Prague for training in self-defense and first aid in a response to a wave of attacks against Jews and a rise of anti-Semitism on the continent.

During Tuesday’s training sessions, dozens of rabbis learned what to do to survive stabbing attacks and how to treat injuries.

The idea was to demonstrate “the most basic stuff needed,” Rabbi Menachem Margolin said.

Tuesday’s training is part of an annual gathering of rabbis organized by the Rabbinical Centre of Europe and the European Jewish Association headed by Margolin.

He said a lack of action from European governments to protect Jews in Europe has contributed to their decision to organize the training, first in Prague, and later in other European countries.

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