200 protesters took to the streets on Friday in Malmö, Sweden, chanting ‘We want our freedom back and we are going to shoot the Jews’.
According to Freddy Gelberg, a member of Malmö’s Jewish community, people were concerned for their safety. “We are careful. You don’t want to display the Star of David around your neck or other Jewish symbols. An Orthodox Jew does not find life easy in Malmö, he is subjected (to discrimination),” Gellberg said.
Saturday, the protests turned dangerous when 21 masked men hurled Molotov cocktails at a synagogue in Gothenberg, Sweden. There had been a party taking place in the synagogue at the time, and the participants fled to the basement until the police arrived. Three men were arrested in the attack, all asylum seekers; two from Syria and one from the Palestinian Authority.
The attacks continued, when on Monday, two flaming objects were thrown at a chapel located at a Jewish cemetery in Malmö. There was moderate damage to the building, but fortunately no one was injured. The Jewish community spokesman responded, “We strongly emphasize that we can never accept being subjected to threats and attacks.”
Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven and other leading politicians condemned the incidents. Swedish foreign minister Margot Wallström made a statement condemning the incident, “The attack against the Synagogue in Gothenburg and calls for violence against Jews in Malmö are deplorable and totally unacceptable. Anti-Semitism, threats and violence have no place in our society,” however, she simultaneously has been strongly pushing for the United Nations Security Council to push for a resolution condemning the US move of the Tel Aviv embassy to Jerusalem.
Wallström earlier this year visited Iran as part of her government and wore a burqua while she bowed to the ayatollahs.