Swedish Jews condemn antisemitic chants during Malmö riots

The Official Council of Swedish Jewish Communities, the country’s EJC affiliate, has condemned the serious antisemitic statements uttered during the riots that took place in the city of Malmö over the weekend.

In several videos shared online, the chant “Khaibar Khaibar O Jews, Muhammad’s army will return, is clearly audible, referring to the Muslim massacre of the Jews of the town of that name in northwestern Arabia in 628 CE.

“Unfortunately, this is not the first time a crowd has chanted similar threats against Jews in Malmö,” the Official Council said in a statement, “we take this incident extremely seriously and call on the police and other responsible authorities to prosecute those individuals who through this act have committed incitement to hatred against ethnic groups.”

“It is also absolutely essential for the police to have the necessary knowledge and capability to take action against individuals who are guilty of incitement against ethnic groups, even when such acts are performed in a language other than Swedish.”

More than 300 rioters threw stones at police and burned tyres in the southern Swedish city after a video circulated of followers of a far-right politician burning a copy of the Quran near one of the city’s mosques.

Commenting on this incident, the Official Council emphasised that it abhors the burning of the Quran or any other sacred scriptures in order to offend religious or ethnic groups.

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