European Jews split on dangers of nationalist backlash to terror

Jews both in Europe and from around the world, are split on the possible dangers of a surge in nationalist sentiment on the continent as a result of terror attacks by Islamic radicals. As far right parties make political hay out of last week’s attacks against the iconoclastic Charlie Hebdo magazine and the HyperCacher supermarker in Paris, some Jewish figures have warned that increasing support for such groups could pose dangers for other minorities. Others, however, see such worries as overblown, asserting that a precipitous rise of fringe parties will not come of last week’s violence.