WJC urges Sweden to prioritize safety of Jewish community

NEW YORK – The World Jewish Congress has expressed extreme concern after a gang of masked men hurled firebombs at a synagogue in the Swedish city of Gothenburg on Saturday night, and at another Jewish building in the city of Malmo just two days later. There were no injuries in either incident.

Immediately following the attack in Gothenburg, Singer said: “There can be no tolerance for any anti-Semitic violence or hate speech of any kind, and the World Jewish Congress stands vigilant in its support of the Swedish community.... We urge the Swedish authorities to take every measure possible to ensure the safety, security and well-being of its citizens. No person should ever have to live in fear or danger.”

Following the attack in Malmo, Singer reiterated his concerns and called on Swedish authorities “to recognize that these incidents can no longer be viewed as isolated.”

“Two Jewish communities were attacked over the course of two days, in what could have ended in severe tragedy. It is not enough for the Jewish communities to remain vigilant; they need the full support and security of the police authorities and government.

“WJC President Ronald S. Lauder has discussed the rising threats facing the Jewish community with Prime Minister Stefan Lovfen, whose vocal and public condemnation of anti-Semitic violence and activity is welcome and encouraging.

“Last month I also met with top Swedish government and police officials on the issue, and we reached a clear consensus that the threat against the Jewish community in Sweden is significant, serious and growing.

“But while the government and the police are indeed taking positive steps to combat anti-Semitism, there is no doubt that much more needs to be done. We urge the Swedish authorities to make the safety and security of the Jewish community an immediate priority,” Singer added.

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