Mob Attack on Synagogue in Sweden Uses Firebombs

That mob attack on the synagogue ended without injury but people had to hide in the building.

Amid all the reports of the rising “far right” in Europe, with heavy hints they are motivated by racism, you would expect a story of a mob attack on a synagogue to reveal the threat of neo-Nazis. But, ironically, the mob attack didn’t come from white supremacists. The attack came from populations that haven’t been in Europe very long.

Haaretz reports, “Firebombs Hurled at Synagogue in Sweden Following Protests Against Jerusalem.

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More than a dozen men hurled firebombs at a synagogue in Gothenburg in southern Sweden hours after locals marched in the city against the United States’ recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

No one was injured in the attack Saturday night, which ended without injury, the online edition of the Expressen daily reported.

Several people were inside the building during the attack and they went down to the basement floor for safety until police arrived after the culprits had already left, Laila Takolander, a member of the local Jewish community, told the daily.

Hours before the attack, which police are investigating, several hundred people marched through the city’s center in protest of President Donald Trump’s declaration on Wednesday that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, George Braun, the head of the community, told JTA. Police do not have suspects in custody.

The Expressen report did not say whether the building targeted sustained any serious damage.

At other protest rallies about Jerusalem in Sweden, Austria and France participants chanted, respectively, in Arabic about shooting Jews, an ancient massacre of Jews and freedom for Palestinian terrorists.

Read the entire Haaretz story.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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