SWC: Hamas Strives to Expand its War Against the Jews: Authorities Have So Far Thwarted Terrorist Attacks in Europe

December 14, 2023

The Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC) commends the vigilant efforts of German, Dutch and Danish authorities in their recent operations that led to the arrest of individuals suspected of planning attacks on Jewish institutions in Europe. These arrests have brought to light the disturbing reality of extremist threats that continue to challenge our collective security and peace. 

Recent reports confirm the detention of four members of the Islamist militant group Hamas in Germany and the Netherlands, suspected of plotting attacks against Jewish targets. This is a clear demonstration of the insidious reach of Hamas and the persistent danger it poses not only in the Middle East but also within European borders. 

In a separate but equally concerning development, authorities in Germany and Denmark foiled a major attack planned against Jewish institutions. The seriousness of this threat cannot be overstated and is a harrowing reminder of the constant vigilance required to protect Jewish communities from such heinous acts of hatred and violence. 

The SWC is deeply troubled by these developments as they demonstrate unequivocally the fact that Jewish life in Europe is under serious threat. We strongly urge governments and international agencies to intensify their efforts to dismantle networks that support or facilitate such terrorist activities,” says Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Vice-Dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center.  

It is imperative to recognize, acknowledge and address the dangers posed by groups like Hamas and Hezbollah, which have had a presence on European soil for many years and often operate under the cloak of charities and mosques. The recent foiled attacks are a testament to the persistent and evolving nature of these threats,” says Daniel Schuster, Senior Representative Europe of the Simon Wiesenthal Center. 

The SWC urges communities around the world to remain alert and united in the face of such challenges. It is only through collaborative efforts and unwavering commitment to justice and security that we can hope to counter the spread of extremism and protect the sanctity of life. 

The Simon Wiesenthal Center remains steadfast in its mission to combat anti-Semitism, hate, and terrorism in all its forms. We stand in solidarity with all those who strive for peace and security, and we reiterate our commitment to ensuring that the horrors of the past are never repeated. 

The Simon Wiesenthal Center is an international Jewish human rights organization. It holds consultative status at the United Nations, UNESCO, the OSCE, the Council of Europe, the OAS, and the Latin American Parliament (PARLATINO).

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