Copenhagen church vandalised ahead of rabbi visit

Rebecca Adams
May 4th, 2015

This article is more than 9 years old.

“There are idiots everywhere,” observes Jewish leader Bent Melchior

A church in the Copenhagen district of Nørrebro, which welcomed a rabbi to speak on Sunday, was vandalised on Saturday night.

The phrases “Free Gaza” and “Close the Death Camps” were spray-painted on the doors of the Anna Church. Bricks were also thrown through the church’s windows.

Rabbi Bent Melchior spoke at the church on Sunday to mark the 70th anniversary of Denmark’s liberation from the Nazis. He also reportedly received repeated death threats ahead of his appearance.

“Idiots everywhere”
“They came at night because they are too afraid of the daylight,” Melchior told Politiken.

“There are idiots present in all sections of society: Danes, Muslims, Jews, Christians.”

Police are treating the vandalism as a politically-motivated attack.


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