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Barcelona Jews reject rabbi’s predictions after terror attack
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Barcelona Jews reject rabbi’s predictions after terror attack

A spokesman for the Barcelona Jewish Community rejected predictions of doom from the local chief rabbi, vowing that the city’s Jews would not abandon the city in the wake of the deadly attack by terrorists.

“Barcelona is a city where Jews have been living for one hundred years and of which they are proud. We Jews will not leave our city,” spokesman Victor Sorenssen said in an email to the Times of Israel.

His comments came after Barcelona Chief Rabbi Meir Bar-Hen said he believes the Jewish community in Barcelona is “doomed” because authorities in Spain do not want to confront radical Islam.

Without mentioning Bar-Hen by name, Sorenssen said that the Jews of Barcelona had a vibrant past and a positive future and are an integral part of multicultural Barcelona.

“Since 1977, with the arrival of democracy, the Jewish community has played an active role in the social fabric of Barcelona. The Jewish community participates actively in social, cultural and religious life of the society and has relation with the institutions of the city, of Catalonia and of Spain” he said, noting that next year the community will celebrate its centenary after being re-formed following the expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492.

“In these hundred years, Jews from all over the world have been an active part of this reconstruction,” said Sorenssen, who wrote that he had been asked to speak out on behalf of the “crisis committee of the Jewish community” in response to the terror attack. “We are living a revival of Jewish culture.”

Wednesday, August 23, 2017
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