On the same day that Muslims in Malmo protested against the US President’s decision to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and thus recognize that city as Israel’s capital, a group of 21 people with covered faces threw Molotov cocktails at a synagogue in Gothenburg, the second-largest city in Sweden.
Three people were arrested in conjunction with alleged involvement but police refused to give any details as to their identity.
Gothenburg police spokesman Peter Nordengard said the event is being investigated as an attempted arson.
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Officials have increased security around the synagogue and several other Jewish centers in Stockholm, the Swedish capital, as well.
The Gothenburg fire station chief, who said his services feared the flames would reach the Jewish center itself if they were not put out in time, commented: "We arrived on the scene and put the fire out. A small fire broke out between cars parked in the synagogue's parking lot. We also found some combustible fluids around."
One of the police officers told the press: "The only thing we can say at the moment is that several incendiary objects were thrown at the synagogue. They objects were bottles filled with kerosene."
Mr Dvir Maoz, an emissary of the world Bnei Akiva movement to Gothenburg, who was present in the synagogue during the attack, stated, "I popped in to say hello at a party (in the synagogue complex) and sat with one of the guards. As we were talking, I saw a ball of fire out of the corner of my eye. I jumped right into the guardroom and told him a Molotov cocktail was thrown. The children were really stressed out because it was the first time they experienced a terrorist attack so close by."
"Parents came around and took the children home. Some of them were really stressed, and one told me he felt unsafe. Another told me because he had a very recognizably Jewish name the Arabs in his school routinely swore at him, bullied him and spat on him. I still can't say we're feeling an increase in anti-Semitism in our daily lives."