The European Jewish Association, which represents a large contingent of Jewish communities across Europe, has sent a letter to the European Union urging the EU to allow Jews to carry firearms by altering gun license laws.
The letter, written by Rabbi Menachem Margolin, the General Director of the EJA, and obtained by the Washington Free Beacon, writes that following the Paris attacks, one that left 4 Jews dead, there is a major need for Jews to be allowed to protect their communities.
“We hereby ask that gun licensing laws are reviewed with immediate effect to allow designated people in the Jewish communities and institutions to own weapons for the essential protection of their communities, as well as receiving the necessary training to protect their members from potential terror attacks,” the letter says.
“Let there be no doubt, we are asking that all weapons will be issued for self-protection only, and to designated personnel that will undergo thorough investigation and training by local authorities,” it adds.
Speaking to the Washington Free Beacon via a telephone interview, Margolin told them that the EJA has been warning the EU for a long while that Jews need the ability to protect themselves.
“There has been a “dramatic increase of anti-Semitism in Europe,” Margolin said. “We demanded from the European governments some time ago that action should be taken [and] were not surprised to see the results in Paris.”
The letter continues with the EJA’s warning that they have been trying to warn the EU for a long time of the dangers of terrorism and how something needs to be done:
“The European Jewish Association has long and publicly warned European governments of the need to clamp down firmly on any and all acts of terror wherever and whenever they arise. As you know, the danger is that much greater as many Europeans travel abroad to be indoctrinated into radical Islam, before returning to their European homelands to use their militant training to devastating effect.”