Swedish government increases funding for security at Jewish schools and synagogues

The Official Council of Swedish Jewish Communities welcomed the Swedish government’s decision to provide financial support to cover the escalating security costs for the current year.

In a official statement they said “the significantly deteriorating security situation for the Jewish community in Sweden, since Hamas’ terrorist attacks against the Israeli civilian population began on October 7, has necessitated a substantial reinforcement of our own security efforts.

As the security costs have long not been matched by government security grants, a high percentage of the Jewish congregations’ membership fees have been used to ensure our own security.

For several years, the Swedish Jewish Central Council has pointed out to the government the continuous and complex threat facing the Jewish minority.

In light of this, there is a need for sustainable, long-term, and predictable funding. We also welcome the significantly increased allocation for security-enhancing measures in the budget proposal for 2024. The government’s commitment and the announced investments to strengthen security and combat anti-Semitism provide hopeful signals in a dark time.”

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