Rabbi Menachem Margolin, director general of the Rabbinical Centre of Europe (RCE) and the European Jewish Association (EJA), has called on governments in Europe to amend gun licensing laws to allow Jews to carry firearms, in light of the recent outbreak of violence against Jews.
From VIN News by Mitch Stern:
Rabbi Margolin wrote to the governments of all EU-member states requesting a change in law, reports Israel National News.
In the letter Rabbi Margolin states, “We hereby ask that gun licensing laws are reviewed with immediate effect to allow designated people in the Jewish communities and institutions to own weapons for the essential protection of their communities, as well as receiving the necessary training to protect their members from potential terror attacks.”
Rabbi Margolin says his request is in direct response to the lack of protection of Jewish communities by European governments.
The letter was sent after four shoppers were shot and killed at a kosher grocery store in Paris, and after 12 journalists were killed at the Paris publication Charlie Hebdo by Muslim extremists.
“We need to recognize the warning signs of anti-Semitism, racism, and intolerance that once again threaten Europe and our European ideals,” continued Margolin.
Since the attacks, France deployed 5,000 security personnel to Jewish schools, but most French Jews don’t feel protected.
Rabbi Margolin says he is not calling for Jews to illegally carry arms, but wants government to step in to lawfully arm Jews so they “feel protected.”