Israeli emergency personnel carry the body of a victim from the scene of an attack at a Jerusalem synagogue Nov. 18. CNS photo/Finbarr O’Reilly, Reuters

Where is it safe to be Jewish?

  • February 26, 2015

JERUSALEM - Where is it safe for Jews to live?

This was my first visit to Jerusalem since last November’s massacre at the synagogue in Har Nof, an ultra-Orthodox neighbourhood here. I went to the synagogue to pray for those murdered and, in a small way, to make a personal protest against the sacrilege of attacking houses of worship.

Life in the synagogue was continuing as it had before. The men, having completed their morning prayers, were occupying themselves with their Torah study. It looked much like it should have that Tuesday morning in November, save for the bullet holes in windows and the four candles burning in remembrance of the four men killed during their morning prayers.

Two terrorists — both of them Muslims who worked for Jews in the neighbourhood — stormed in at 7 a.m., with a gun, axes and a meat cleaver. The bodies of those killed were further mutilated and dismembered.

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