Pro-Palestinian Demonstrators Throw Firebombs at Gothenburg Synagogue While Jewish Students Were Inside
A group of masked youths have attacked a synagogue in Gothenburg, Sweden, with Molotov cocktails, amid a global Muslim backlash against the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. No one was hurt in the incident, local media report.
According to the report, about 20 Muslim protesters who were demonstrating against U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel are responsible for the attack.
The attack took place as Jewish students were holding a party inside the synagogue. A firefighter who was called to the scene told a Swedish news site that a fire had broken out between parked vehicles in a car park outside the synagogue.
Police quickly blocked the site and closed traffic in the neighborhood around the synagogue. Officers then began searching for the attackers with sniffer dogs. "We do not know much more than there are several Molotov cocktails that have been thrown at the synagogue," police said at the scene.
Earlier on Saturday, hundreds of pro-Palestinian protesters demonstrated in the Swedish city of Malmo, shouting anti-Jewish and anti-American slogans. “Just last night, protesters shouted ‘we're going to shoot the Jews’ in Malmo, Sweden's third-largest city... I cannot imagine what it feels like to be a Swedish Jew today,” tweeted Jewish Agency for Israel spokesperson Avi Mayer.
Arabs and Muslims across the world are rallying angrily against Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, announced by the US president Wednesday. Austria and France also witnessed rallies Saturday.