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Denmark - School Admin. Ask Jews Not To Enroll In Their Secular Schools Amid Gaza Tension

Published on: January 6, 2009 12:54 PM
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Denmark - A number of school administrators have come forth in recent days to confirm that they recommend Jewish children should not enrol at their schools.

According to school administrators, law enforcement officials and social workers, the on-going conflict in Gaza has led to heightened tensions between Jews and Arabs - particularly Palestinians - here in Denmark.

And although few headmasters of schools have faced the situation, most of those at schools with a high percentage of children of Arab descent say they try to prevent Jewish parents from enrolling their children there.

On Monday, headmaster Olav Nielsen of Humlehave School in Odense publicly admitted he would refuse Jewish parents’ wish to place their child at his school.

The comments were made following an incident last week in which two Israeli citizen’s were shot and wounded at a city shopping centre. Police believe the incident was a reaction to the Gaza conflict.

Other headmasters have now come forth to support Nielsen’s position, adding that they are putting the child’s safety first.

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At Caroline Skole in Copenhagen’s Østerbro district, video cameras watch over the playground and entrances of the school, which is surrounded by a 2.5 metre-high barbed-wire fence.

One parent whose child goes to the Jewish school said thinking about the extra security can be disturbing at times, but she felt it was necessary.

Rabbi Bent Lexner called the headmasters’ concern ‘theoretical. In reality, Jewish parents would never try to enrol their child in those schools.’



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 Jan 06, 2009 at 01:16 PM jewish Says:

I WOULD NEVER ENROLL MY CHILD IN PUBLIC SCHOOL, I WOULD RATHER LEAVE DENMARK

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 Jan 06, 2009 at 01:04 PM Anonymous Says:

sounds like the nazis

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 Jan 06, 2009 at 01:54 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
jewish Says:

I WOULD NEVER ENROLL MY CHILD IN PUBLIC SCHOOL, I WOULD RATHER LEAVE DENMARK

i dont agree with you,,, AL TUDIN CHAVEIRCHA ODD SHETAGIA LIMKOIMOY, you could never know for what reson pepole live there

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 Jan 06, 2009 at 01:47 PM anonymous Says:

this is how it starts, folks. this is how hitler did it - little by little.

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 Jan 06, 2009 at 01:41 PM Anonymous Says:

again the inocent muslims attacking others and instead of kicking them out of school they send away the victim, guess what denmark now they are after the jews then they will go after your western policies but by that time it wil be too late for you to turn back. ( hopefully not)

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 Jan 06, 2009 at 01:40 PM Anonymous Says:

Isn't it interesting that the Jewish students are unwanted because of the war in Gaza, yet they have no problem with the arab students.
Unbelievable.
Yet believable.
Rabbossai any time there is some conflict in the middle east the antisemites begin crawling out of their holes. May the RBS"O have rachmonus in the zchus of our tefillos and tanaisim.

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 Jan 06, 2009 at 01:39 PM WONDERING Says:

What happened to the danes who saved the jews during wwII???

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 Jan 06, 2009 at 01:37 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #2  
Anonymous Says:

sounds like the nazis

pass the yellow stars, guys, theres nothing left to do by staying in Europe but to wait for the trains to come get us.

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 Jan 06, 2009 at 01:36 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #2  
Anonymous Says:

sounds like the nazis

Denmark was known as a country that wasnt so bad to yidden back then.

But this is chilling to hear such statements

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 Jan 06, 2009 at 01:30 PM Anonymous Says:

Just like there is a saying, sometimes a banana is just a banana. ...
Sometimes there ARE innocent things which have outcomes we don't like.
Do we have to see Nazis and Anti-Semites behind every rock, and in every shadow?

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 Jan 06, 2009 at 01:28 PM Anonymous Says:

DONT LET THE AREBS ENROLL!

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 Jan 06, 2009 at 01:27 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #2  
Anonymous Says:

sounds like the nazis

Not everything which has negative effects on us, not everything which people to which hurts us, in done for the purpose of hurting us.
Sometimes they are acting for other, well-intentioned purposes.
Sometimes they ARE doing the best job they can.... trying their best.

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 Jan 06, 2009 at 01:25 PM headmaster Says:

I personally can understand the fear in the headmaster. He/she is responsible for the safety and well being of the children, and at the same time the well being and financial future of the school.

Unfortunately, today, having Jews attending classes may have the following effects:
1. Increase the likelihood of some sort of attack.
2. Increase the likelihood of other parents getting nervous and taking THEIR kids out, hence killing a school.

Tough decision on the part of a headmaster.
For you NYers, the "headmaster" is the equiv of a Principal of a school.

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 Jan 06, 2009 at 02:57 PM Mendy Hecht Says:

Good thing this principal spoke out! I was about to enroll my kids.

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 Jan 06, 2009 at 02:43 PM No Good deed goes unpunished Says:

Reply to #7  
WONDERING Says:

What happened to the danes who saved the jews during wwII???

apparently they are living to regret it (sad commentary indeed, and cynical of me to point it out...........sorry)

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 Jan 06, 2009 at 02:42 PM Anonymous Says:

Wonder what the King of Denmark during WWII would say to this. What a disgrace but not a surprise.

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 Jan 06, 2009 at 02:38 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #4  
anonymous Says:

this is how it starts, folks. this is how hitler did it - little by little.

the world rather the muslims.

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 Jan 06, 2009 at 02:35 PM Anonymous Says:

Are they concerned that the Jewish children would attack the Muslims. Not logical. So they are concerned with Muslims attacking Jewish students.

In that case throw out the violent ones - the Muslims.

Using thier logic according to the Hamas claim that Israel is the aggressor Hamas should leave and give Israel all of Gaza.

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 Jan 06, 2009 at 03:24 PM Anonymous Says:

I think its very good jewish kids should go to jewish school and learn more about heritage I think only good can come out of this

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 Jan 06, 2009 at 03:28 PM Milhouse Says:

Reply to #7  
WONDERING Says:

What happened to the danes who saved the jews during wwII???

Those were Danish Jews, who'd been in Denmark for generations. The Danes had no problem handing over to the Germans any Jew who was not Danish.

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 Jan 06, 2009 at 03:15 PM Anonymous Says:

This is nothing short of pure NAZAISM HOW COULD THE free world sit still dont they have a police force in denmark take those bloodthirsty arabs and throw them out to keep the peace this naziism and sedoim a million times over

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 Jan 06, 2009 at 03:11 PM Anonymous Says:

They should ban all cartoonists from enrolling in their school. Muslims in Denmark are offended by them too.

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 Jan 06, 2009 at 03:35 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #10  
Anonymous Says:

Just like there is a saying, sometimes a banana is just a banana. ...
Sometimes there ARE innocent things which have outcomes we don't like.
Do we have to see Nazis and Anti-Semites behind every rock, and in every shadow?

what kind of rose colored glasses are you wearing? wake yourself up, go buy a coffee

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 Jan 06, 2009 at 08:13 PM john Says:

Reply to #11  
Anonymous Says:

DONT LET THE AREBS ENROLL!

are u mean thats discriminatory against free speech and besides were not trying to protect people from muslims but from jew hatred

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 Jan 06, 2009 at 09:56 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #24  
john Says:

are u mean thats discriminatory against free speech and besides were not trying to protect people from muslims but from jew hatred

Oooooooh. I see. The purpose is not to protect the Jews from Muslims, but from.... Danes? This is even scarier than I thought!

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 Jan 06, 2009 at 09:53 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #10  
Anonymous Says:

Just like there is a saying, sometimes a banana is just a banana. ...
Sometimes there ARE innocent things which have outcomes we don't like.
Do we have to see Nazis and Anti-Semites behind every rock, and in every shadow?

Logic would dictate that if the school were to make blanket policies to exclude children based on religion, that they should exclude those prone to violence (Muslims) - not those victimized by that violence (Jews). The fact that they are allowing the Muslims to stay and asking the Jews to leave defies logic - it must be antisemitic.

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 Jan 07, 2009 at 10:15 AM Anonymous Says:

Time to learn from the Arabs in London ym"s!

I'm boycotting all Danish products from now on.

Strictly doughnuts with my coffee from now on.

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 Jan 08, 2009 at 12:39 PM W.L.ZEV Wexler Says:

Considering the fact that the Danes, during the Shoah, made an extrordinary effort to save that country's Jews ,I don't find it hard to believe that these administrators are concerned for the safety of the Jewish students since they unlike President Bush do not believe the fairy tale that "Islam is a peaceful religion"

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 Jan 28, 2009 at 01:37 PM Anonymous Says:

The person or group who initiates the conflict should be expelled, regardless of whom the group is that the person or collective group belongs to. Truly it is a high mark of ignorance when hard facts are ignored in favor of the assumptive conclusion. Historie's greatest crimes were committed when people choose to accept invalidated conclusions. I figure that hunaitiy's supreme crime is to never ask the claiments for hard facts to support their propagadised conclusions. Such conclusions as: That the jews caused the Great Depression. I guess that the Cristians and the Jews will be blamed for causing this far greater world wide depression about to collapse onto humanity. In this manner, the governments of the world can ignore the true cause of these situations and free up the earth's rescources for their own elite at the expense of the people, thereby reducing the populations of the earth to the level of an expendable rescource.

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