Kosher Copenhagen deli targeted in anti-Semitic attack
Vandals smash window, scrawl ‘Jewish pigs’ on wall; police say they will give ‘extra focus’ to incident
Vandals smashed a window and scrawled anti-Semitic messages at Copenhagen’s only kosher deli, police said Thursday, less than two months after a man was killed in an attack outside a synagogue on the Danish city.
Police discovered the damage to the deli during a patrol early Thursday morning.
They said a window was broken and the word “Jødesvin,” which translates to “Jewish pig,” was written in a wall, according to TheLocal, citing Danish media reports.
The incident came amid concerns of rising anti-Semitism in Europe. Officials have pointed to a worrying uptick in attacks against Jews on the continent in the last several months, including an attack on a kosher Deli in Paris in January that left four people dead.
“All vandalism is serious, but it is obvious that when it comes to this particular location, there will be an extra focus on it,” police investigator Kenneth Jensen told Danish media outlet Berlingske, according to TheLocal.
On February 14, unarmed guard Dan Uzan was shot and killed by an Islamist gunman while standing outside a synagogue hosting a bat mitzvah.
The gunman also killed a free-speech advocate in a separate shooting earlier in the night.
Authorities in Denmark and elsewhere have vowed to step up protection of Jewish sites in the wake of the attacks.
The attack came as Denmark commemorated the 75th anniversary of the Nazi invasion of the country, on April 9, 1940.