Jewish Journal


December 31, 2008

Two Israelis shot at Denmark mall



Photo: AP

We were talking in The Jewish Journal staff meeting today about how it would only be a matter of time before retaliatory violence for Israel’s actions in Gaza was exacted upon a Diaspora Jewish community. Didn’t take long:

A gunman wounded two Israelis working at a packed central Denmark shopping mall Wednesday, Danish police said.

The two wounded men are Israelis in their 20s, police spokesman Lars Thede said. He said it was too early to speculate on whether they were targeted because of their nationality.

One of the wounded was shot in the arm and the other in the leg, police said. Their condition is unclear.

The shooting took place at the Rosengaard mall in Odense, 170 kilometers (105 miles) west of Copenhagen. It occurred around 3:30 p.m. (14:30 GMT), when the mall was filled with people doing last-minute shopping before the New Year’s break.

Thede said a video surveillance camera showed a man in his mid-20s pulling out a gun before opening fire.

“We cannot say whether he is Palestinian, Iraqi or where he is from,” he said. “It is too early to say whether this has something to do with what happens elsewhere.”

Thanks, Solomonia, for directing me to the story, which he read on Mere Rhetoric. There Omri Ceren notes that “we’re talking about a country where ‘Jews are Allah’s enemies” is a popular protest chant…’” and offers the proof with this news reports of protesters outside the Israeli embassy:

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