Several new security measures are being evaluated in the area around the Jewish community’s synagogue in Oslo’s St Hanshaugen district. A government minister visited the synagogue this week and a top city politician is also planning an emergency meeting next week with Oslo police and members of the Jewish organization DMT (Det Mosaiske Trossamfund).
The heightened security comes after DMT officials expressed concern that they were being overlooked at a time when new threats have been made by local radical Islamists. Ola Elvestuen of the Oslo city government says security needs to be improved nationwide, and especially in Oslo.
New measures due to be discussed next week may lead to the closure of the street running past the synagogue, Bergstien.
Rigmor Aasrud, the government minister in charge of religious institutions and administration in Norway, visited the synagogue this week and met with DMT representatives. She said she wanted to express sympathy and support for the Jewish community following reports of increased anti-Semitism and threats against its members.
Aasrud called the threats “absolutely unacceptable,” and also wanted to hear what DMT members want in terms of new security measures.