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December 17, 2012

The Simon Wiesenthal Center has issued a travel advisory for Copenhagen and Denmark in wake of warnings by Israel’s ambassador to Denmark advising Israelis not to wear yarmulkes, jewelry with religious symbols, or to speak Hebrew on the streets of the capital.

“It is intolerable that any Jew should have to hide his or her identity on the streets of Copenhagen. The Simon Wiesenthal Center rejects this as the 'new normal' for any Jew in Europe,” said Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a leading Jewish Human Rights organization.

“World Jewry remains deeply grateful to the people of Denmark, who throughout Nazi occupation during WWII treated their fellow Jewish citizens as equals. And in unparalleled acts of courage and humanity, Danes saved all 7,500 Jews from certain death at the hands of the Nazis by spiriting them out to neutral Sweden.”

“In coming weeks, we plan to meet with Danish authorities to urge them to do more to take all necessary measures to secure the safety and security of Jews, citizens and visitors.” 

In 2012, the Simon Wiesenthal Center issued a travel advisory on Malmö, Sweden, after multiple attacks against the local rabbi and other Jews went unanswered by the police and political leadership of Sweden’s third largest city. It remains in effect.

For further information, contact the Center’s Public Relations department at 310.553.9036, join the Center on Facebook, www.facebook.com/simonwiesenthalcenter, or follow @simonwiesenthal for news updates sent direct to your Twitter page or mobile device.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center is one of the largest international Jewish human rights organizations with over 400,000 member families in the United States. It is an NGO at international agencies including the United Nations, UNESCO, the OSCE, the OAS, the Council of Europe and the Latin American Parliament (Parlatino).