The perpetrators could be “right-wing extremists” or neo-Nazis, but they’re much more likely to be members of Sweden’s rapidly growing Muslim population, enraged that President Trump has recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital — or using that recognition as a pretext to attack Jews in Sweden.
“JUST NOW: Fire attack against Jewish youth party – big police force,” translated from “JUST NU: Brandattack mot judisk ungdomsfest – stort polispådrag,” Expressen, December 9, 2017:
20 masked men have been seen throwing burning objects against the synagogue in central Gothenburg.
“We are in place with a number of units,” said Peter Nordengard, police chief of the West Western region.
A youth party is taking place in the parish home next to the synagogue. The youth have moved down in the basement of the premises.
The police have gone up in a special event.
The alarm arrived at 22.10 on Saturday night.
Testimony talks about 20 masked men have been seen throwing burning objects against the synagogue in central Gothenburg.
“We do not know much more than there are several molotov cocktails that have been thrown against the synagogue. These are bottles and gasoline, says a police at the site of GP.
The police have set up lockouts in the area around the synagogue. At midnight the police had no suspicion.
“We wish for advice from the public about the possible perpetrators,” says Lars Tunefjord, RLC commander at police region West, to TT.
The police do not know if any threat has been presented to the Jewish Assembly in Gothenburg, but you are analyzing a threat picture.
On Saturday night, a group of Jewish youth organized a party in the synagogue. The GT has talked to a mom whose daughter is now in the building.
“I received a text from her 20-30 minutes ago. She wrote that ‘Mom I’m getting scared’, and that there are 20 masked men throwing burning objects.”
The mother goes on:
“They always watched their parties, and they told the youth to run down the basement. They are stuck there now. My daughter says it smells like gas. It is extremely unpleasant. One has been afraid that something like this might happen.”
The parents of the young people should have received a sms about coming and retrieving their children. No one allowed to leave the room alone.
“My husband is on my way to town to pick up our daughter now,” said the mother whom the GT spoke with.
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Allan Stutzinsky is chairman of the Jewish Assembly in Gothenburg. He was in place during the decease. He saw the masked people running from the place.
“There were dozens of masked people throwing burning objects into the yard.
At the party held in the center next to the synagogue, there were about 30 young people. When the attack occurred, it was decided to terminate the activity and, when it felt safe, was left under orderly forms, says Allan Stutzinsky.
No person should have been injured in the attack as far as he knows.
He does not know if there should have been any direct threat to the synagogue, but says that when things happen in Israel, the threats and risk of attack increase.
“The events of the last few days with Trump and Israel and the troubles between Israel and Palestine, such things always lead to more threats.”