Stones shatter window of synagogue in Sweden

Dozens of antisemitic incidents are recorded annually in Malmo

By JTA
October 25, 2017 14:40
Stones shatter window of synagogue in Sweden

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Hurled stones shattered the window of a synagogue in Malmo, a city in southern Sweden.

The incident occurred earlier this month but was reported Tuesday in the Swedish media after police arrived at the building on Monday night because of a separate incident, which turned out to be a false alarm, the Aftonbladet daily reported.

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Fredrik Sieradzki, a spokesman for the local Jewish community, told the TT news agency that the earlier incident happened on Oct. 7 and that it is not yet clear whether it was a hate crime targeting the congregation. There are no suspects.

Dozens of antisemitic incidents are recorded annually in Malmo, a city where first- and second-generation immigrants from the Middle East make up one-third of a population of roughly 300,000. Several hundred Jews live there.

Fred Kahn, a former leader of the local Jewish community, told JTA that most incidents are perpetrated by Muslims or Arabs.

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