More than a dozen men hurled firebombs at a synagogue in Gothenburg in southern Sweden hours after locals marched in the city against the United States’ recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
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No one was injured in the attack Saturday night, which ended without injury, the online edition of the Expressen daily reported.
Several people were inside the building during the attack and they went down to the basement floor for safety until police arrived after the culprits had already left, Laila Takolander, a member of the local Jewish community, told the daily.
Hours before the attack, which police are investigating, several hundred people marched through the city’s center in protest of President Donald Trump’s declaration on Wednesday that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, George Braun, the head of the community, told JTA. Police do not have suspects in custody.
At other protest rallies about Jerusalem in Sweden, Austria and France participants chanted, respectively, in Arabic about shooting Jews, an ancient massacre of Jews and freedom for Palestinian terrorists.
The Swedish rally where chants about shooting Jews were heard happened on Friday night in the southern city of Malmo, Sveriges Radio reported.
“We have announced the intifada from Malmö. We want our freedom back, and we will shoot the Jews,”
some of those in the rally of 200 demonstrators shouted, according to the public radio station. Intifada is the Arabic-language word for a violent uprising.