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This Upsetting Video Shows What It’s Like Being Jewish In Paris

Journalist Zvika Klein was taped walking through Paris for a day, capturing all the comments made to him by passersby. “What is he doing here, Mommy? Doesn’t he know he will be killed?”

In a project for online news site NRG, photographer Dov Belhassen documented French journalist Zvika Klein walking through Paris streets on a normal day. The idea was inspired by last year’s wildly viral “10 Hours of Walking Through New York City as a Woman”.

Klein began first at tourist attractions, which seemed calm, but as he and his cameraman walked further away from the more obvious locations they both became more anxious and aware of hostility.

“Walking by a school in one of Paris’s neighbourhoods, a boy shouted ‘Viva Palestine’ at me. Moments later, passing by a group of teens, one of the girls remarked, ‘Look at that — it’s the first time I’ve ever seen such a thing.'”

European Rabbis Train In Self-Defense, First Aid After Attacks

The training of dozens of rabbis was organized by the European Jewish Association at an annual conference in response to recent attacks in Copenhagen and Paris.

1. Several dozen rabbis in Europe took part in self-defense and first aid training Tuesday, prompted by concerns of rising violence and anti-Semitism in the region.

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2. The training was part of an annual conference organized by the European Jewish Association and held this year in Prague.

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3. Rabbi Menachem Margolin, general director of the association, said the training was planned in response to the recent attacks in Copenhagen and Paris.

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In a statement, he called for more action by government officials to increase security around synagogues and other Jewish institutions.

“We call on European governments, as well as EU institutions, to heed our calls for the establishment of a pan-European task force in order to increase security around Jewish institutions and enhance education against the rampant anti-Semitism,” he said.

4. As part of the training, the rabbis were given knives to practice fending off an attack, the Associated Press reported.

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7. The basic training also included first aid.

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8. “It’s very important,” Binyomin Jacobs, chief rabbi in the Netherlands, told the AP. “I’m very happy with this. Happy and sad that it is necessary.”

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Israel Approves $46 Million Plan To Absorb European Jews Following Terror Attacks

“We are bracing ourselves and calling for a mass immigration from Europe,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday.

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The Israeli Cabinet on Sunday approved a $46 million plan to finance the arrival of thousands of Jewish people expected to immigrate from Europe, following a number of anti-Semitic attacks on the continent in recent months.

Just hours after a gunman in Copenhagen, Denmark, fatally shot a man outside a synagogue as part of twin terrorist attacks, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his country was ready to welcome Jews “home.”

“I would like to say to all of Europe’s Jews, and Jews everywhere, Israel is the home of every Jew,” he said in a Facebook post.

Under Israeli law, Jewish immigrants to Israel are entitled to financial support. The multi-million-dollar package approved Sunday will finance the arrival of what the government estimates will be thousands of Jews from Ukraine, France, and Belgium.

While much of eastern Ukraine has been left devastated by civil war, France and Belgium have been the target of anti-Semitic attacks in recent months. In Paris last month, four Jewish men were killed inside a kosher supermarket by an Islamist gunman, while four people were killed at a Jewish museum in Brussels in May 2014.

“This wave of attacks is expected to continue,” Netanyahu told his Cabinet. “Jews deserve security in every country, but we say to our Jewish brothers and sisters, Israel is your home.”

However, Netanyahu’s comments were met with anger by Copenhagen’s chief rabbi, Jair Melchior.

“People from Denmark move to Israel because they love Israel, because of Zionism. But not because of terrorism,” Melchior told the Associated Press. “If the way we deal with terror is to run somewhere else, we should all run to a deserted island.”

On Sunday, Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt lay flowers outside the synagogue where a security guard was shot dead.

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“Our thoughts go to the whole of the Jewish community today,” she told reporters. “They belong in Denmark. They are a strong part of our community, and we will do everything we can to protect the Jewish community in our country.”

Netanyahu is in the middle of a re-election campaign, with elections scheduled for March 17.

Muslims In Norway Form Human Shield Around Synagogue In Sign Of Solidarity

More than 1,000 people attended the peaceful demonstration in Oslo, with many holding hands and surrounding the synagogue in a protective ring.

Hundreds of Muslims formed a human protective shield around an Oslo synagogue Saturday in a sign of solidarity with the Jewish community there, Reuters reported.

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The peaceful demonstration followed the killings of two people at a Copenhagen synagogue the previous week by a Danish-born son of Palestinian parents.

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Pictures of the event circulated through social media tagged with the hashtag #ringofpeace.

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People chanted, “No to anti-Semitism, no to Islamophobia,” as they held hands around Oslo’s only synagogue, according to Reuters.

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“Humanity is one and we are here to demonstrate that,” Zeeshan Abdullah, one of the protest’s organizers, said to the crowd.

Omar Abdel Hamid El-Hussein was killed in a shoot-out with police after killing two people and wounding five others during a free-speech event at a synagogue in Denmark last week.

One demonstrator had a sign that read, “Yes to solidarity cohesion and inclusion, no to hatred and stigmatization.”

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“There are many more peace mongers than warmongers,” Abdullah reportedly told the crowd in Oslo. “There’s still hope for humanity, for peace and love, across religious differences and backgrounds.”