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Explosion rocks Malmö Jewish centre

Explosion rocks Malmö Jewish centre

Published: 28 Sep 2012 07:18 GMT+02:00
Updated: 28 Sep 2012 10:44 GMT+02:00

Police were called out early on Friday morning after loud bangs were heard near the Jewish community centre in Malmö, southern Sweden.

“There as been an explosion. Something has detonated – we are certain of that,” said police officer Erik Liljenström to local paper Sydsvenskan early on Friday morning.

The police received a call shortly after 1am. Witnesses said they had heard loud blasts near the centre some 15 minutes earlier.

When police arrived at the scene they soon established that there had been some sort of explosion and that someone had tried to smash in the door.

There were loose paving stones lying among shards of shattered glass in front of the entrance, according to the paper.

While damage had been done to the front door, the building had not been damaged in any other way as far as the police could see, but according to witness statements the blasts were heard a few blocks away.

"I'm shocked that it's happened now; that it's happened at all. Jewish institutions are under constant threat, but we haven't noticed anything out of the ordinary recently," Fred Kahn, head of the Jewish community in Malmö, told the TT news agency on Friday morning.

Shortly after 4am, police announced that they had identified one of the vehicles and brought two men in for questioning.

Both of the suspects are 18-year-old, according to Malmö police, who nevertheless believe that more people were involved in carrying out the attack.

No one was reportedly injured in the attack. According to the police, the men are under suspicion of destruction constituting a public danger.

"Now their going to be interrogated, then we'll see. They weren't caught in the act," police spokesperson Anders Lindell told the TT news agency.

On Friday, Malmö's Social Democratic mayor Ilmar Reepalu, who has previously been criticized for making controversial statements about the city's Jewish community, condemned the attacks.

"It's a terrible incident which damages different groups in Malmö as well as Malmö's brand," he told the TT news agency.

"It's terrible and shocking when things like this happen."

Reepalu added that he hoped police would be able to solve the crime quickly and that it doesn't lead to heightened tensions in the city.

"This is a criminal act," he said.

Earlier this year, Reepalu came under fire for comments in which he claimed that the far right Sweden Democrats had "infiltrated" the Jewish community in Malmö.

The comments were followed by a visit to Malmö from US President Barack Obama's Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat anti-Semitism, Hannah Rosenthal, who said there is "no excuse" for using anti-Semitic language.

In 2009, comments by Reepalu prompted the the Simon Wiesenthal Centre in the United States warned Jews from traveling to Sweden's third largest city.

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09:45 September 28, 2012 by intrepidfox
Keep an eye on flashback to see who the culprits are. 99% of the time they are correct.
10:04 September 28, 2012 by Uncle
aaaaand the European Committee against racism will classify this as non-ethincal related and any suggestion that it may be such is an expression of islamophobia. Perhaps these are Jews themselves who did it, the way they did it during Kristallnacht! Just to smear the good muslims in more mud...

(sarcasm)
10:11 September 28, 2012 by RobinHood
Almost exactly 74 years after the last one, Malmö has now had it's very own mini-Kristallnacht . Whatever next? A pogrom?

Like the Assange affair, persecution of Jews in Malmö has been allowed to spin out of control and is exciting huge amounts of well-justified international criticism and extreme embarrasment to Sweden.

Enough is enough! Both affairs have been allowed to become international incidents and have the potential to do even more damage to Sweden than already done. Both affairs need to be quickly taken out of the hands of the people who have mismanaged them so far, (Assange's prosecutors, and mayor Reepalu), and taken over by competent people appointed by the government.

As for the Assange prosecutors and Mayor Reepalu - time to spend more time with your families I think.
10:25 September 28, 2012 by Swedish Cat
I just wonder what religion of peace is behind this attack?
11:00 September 28, 2012 by motti
I agree with all above posts.

Certainly Sweden's good name is being seriously damaged by both affairs.

For the Nazi mayor of Malmoe to condemn such an attack is laughable. He is not the solution, he is the problem, by not just allowing this behaviuor to happen, he has openly encouraged virulent hatred to fester and grow by his own statements.

Never mind Malmoe, London had another leftwing Nazi mayor in the shape of Livingstone.

I remember Malmoe as being such a beautiful city. Whatever happened?
11:23 September 28, 2012 by RobinHood
Er Motti

Ken Livingstone was last mayor of London in 2008. He lost the election that year to Boris Johnson, and another in 2012.

He is certainly "left wing" (and proud of it), but I expect his lawyers might be interested in your rather public accusation that he is also a "Nazi".
12:04 September 28, 2012 by skatty
As a matter of fact the most crimes to Jews and the Jewish community in the world have been done by Europe and Europeans' political system; take as an example Kristallnacht and Holocaust, all have been Europeans' product.

However; it was the Muslims, Middle East and Palestinians, who have paid the most prices for all the crimes that Europe has done to Jews!
12:40 September 28, 2012 by Flutterbye
10:25 September 28, 2012 by Swedish Cat

I just wonder what religion of peace is behind this attack?

Now that is a really hard question, I will have to think about that, not sure if I will come up with the answer LOL !!!!!
13:08 September 28, 2012 by Children Of Adam
Breaking the window at 3am or 4am by teens are mostly related to robbery.

As Muslim I condemn these sort of robbery/attack on Jewish or other religious community,These sort of thief creates fitna among the humans .

If convicted Please put them in jail for at least 20 years.
13:15 September 28, 2012 by JOHNATAN
skatty

the address of complains against Israel policy is the Israeli embassy in Sweden,certainly not a Jewish Rabbi or Jews who are Swedish citizens, living in Sweden and have nothing to do with the decision of my government.

But it is allways easy to take it with children, old people left without defense.

Israel must tell Sweden to protect the Jews who live in Malmo and if they are not able the mossad can do the job for them.
14:44 September 28, 2012 by JohnGrey
It's amazing how the actions of '2 people' can be attributed to an entire religious group. Although the comments posted cannot be said to be representative of Sweden, it potentially reflects deeply rooted Islamophobic sentiments within Swedish society. Problems are not solved in this naively shallow and simplistic way.
15:05 September 28, 2012 by JOHNATAN
If one follows the number of attacks on the small Jewish community of Malmo,in the last 10 years , one can notice that this episode is not a single case but make part of a chain of attacks which happened during the last 10 years.

Pushing a Rabbi from bus, signing Svastica in the Jewish cemetary, shouting insulting words to Jews who go to pray on Saterday,,,,ecc

The Mayor of Malmo knows exactly what is going on in his city but do nothing.

the reason for that is well known.
15:33 September 28, 2012 by Uncle
skatty

"However; it was the Muslims, Middle East and Palestinians, who have paid the most prices for all the crimes that Europe has done to Jews! "

Oh, yeah... because the muslims appeared in JUDEA because they were invited... and under the turks the Jews were having amazing lives. And under muslims, palestinians are having SWEET life. And under muslims, muslims are having heaven of a life! (I don't even have the strength to eloquently explain the obvious stuff for an idiot)

So kattys argument states that if Israeli empire oppresses them 1,5 billion poor peaceful muslims, who otherwise would thrive in democratic and advanced countries, let's attack the SAME race people through burning Sinagogues and beating them on the streets, and call it a political statement rathen than a nazi behaviour! That would do it! And after that, call everyone else a racist... That would make them feel bad and blame the victims! What a winning formula.
15:48 September 28, 2012 by Swedish Cat
I really do not care who is right or wrong in political statements, I am sure all groups are to blame in some way or another. I just care about feeling safe in the streets of Sweden. Whatever religious believes you might have I am happy to sponsor if you just follow the laws of out country. I haven't really been afraid lately to be attacked and raped by a gang of Jews... but that perhaps is just me.
17:02 September 28, 2012 by skatty
@Uncle #13

You haven't learned to argue in a civilized way, have you?!

Are you trying to convince people with your argument by calling them an idiot!

I have my opinion and you have yours. Which one looks more civilized and convenient to you? I let readers judge about my comments without calling them idiot.
17:46 September 28, 2012 by entry
@ 14:44 September 28, 2012 by JohnGrey

"It's amazing how the actions of '2 people' can be attributed to an entire religious group."

LOL@'2 people' AS IF. That aside we cannot forget the majority of the news media outlets tripping over each other with the multitudes of others throughout the world acting as apologists for the terrorists. These actions should not be attributed to Muslims as a whole but to Islamist militants. Islamist militants who are given sanctuary and allowed to train and freely operate in various countries.

I do not want Sweden to become an extended battleground for disputes that are elsewhere in this world. If each of us reacted in the same manner as has been demonstrated by the Islamist extremists every time one of our citizens from our original countries was beheaded or every time there was a terrorist bombing in our home countries, mosques & embassies of certain countries would be on fire throughout Europe every day of the week.

Take your battles, your hate and your insanity back home to the front lines. Stick to peaceful protest here in Sweden.
17:58 September 28, 2012 by Richard Head
-- Every day, I would like to exchange the 400,000 Muslims in Denmark for 400,000 Chinese. Every day of the week--

-Kristensen Berth, Danish People's Party 2011

You aren't the only one, Kristensen.
18:45 September 28, 2012 by JOHNATAN
entry

you are completly right and I understand how do you feel.

I tell you a true story,back to 1980 I was a medicine student in Ferrara Italy,in that city there were students from allover the world including Iran, one day the Iranian student started to fight among themselves because of political issues in Iran, it was in the University Mensa ,thet throw bottles ,stones, plates and broke the windows, all the other student flew out from the Mensa,in 4o minitues the
19:01 September 28, 2012 by intrepidfox
Here are the culprits

http://avpixlat.info/2012/09/26/muhammedjippot-malmo-en-stad-i-mellanostern/
19:08 September 28, 2012 by JOHNATAN
Entry

sorry for the interuption,

in 40 minutes the Italian police came, all the Iranian students who took part in the violance were put on a huge police wagen, brought to the airport and sent away on the same day to Iran, their names were put in a black list of the Italian police so they could not come back.
19:46 September 28, 2012 by entry
@19:08 September 28, 2012 by JOHNATAN

That sounds like a good resolution in that specific case in Italy. In recent times there have been incidents of a similar nature here in Sweden. It seems to me that there is a deliberate news blackout on these 'incidents'. I cannot say that the ones that I am aware of have come to a satisfactory result.

@ 19:01 September 28, 2012 by intrepidfox

"Here are the culprits

http://avpixlat.info/2012/09/26/muhammedjippot-malmo-en-stad-i-mellanostern/ "

It is my understanding that certain members of certain teams on the Swedish police force have been trained as "Dialog Police". This means that in confrontation with ad hoc and violent public demonstrations with prior approval some authorized Swedish police officers will be allowed to speak sternly with rioters and protestors.

Holy Crap intrepidfox, I did not realize that there were that many zealots down in Malmö who would take to the streets because some NumbNutz Coptic Christian upset with the rate of Christian persecution/slaughter in Egypt puts out a 3rd rate youtube video. I would like to note that there were no riots this week, no embassies burned and no injuries or killings reported due to the reinstatement of the 'Piss Christ' display in New York City. I know, I know, every one expected the Christians to take to the streets en-mass, riot, tear up the streets, burn buildings and cars but surprise, surprise, surprise this just did not happen.

What's Up With That?

These people know no tolerance or moderation. This is FREAKIN' SCARY. One NumbNutz somewhere in the world puts out a video that may or may not have portrayed their main prophet of their religion in a bad light and this is the reaction?

I am aghast after viewing that video intrepidfox. -Paul
19:55 September 28, 2012 by Cornelius Hamelberg
Prevention is better than cure...

We can all all thank heaven that it was only a minor explosion that hit the front door to the Jewish community centre, no blood, no loss of life. It could have been worse and then even after that heart to heart tête-à-tête with Madame Hannah Rosenthal Mayor Repaalu could be weeping but would be in more real trouble for having done too little, too late.

As the Mayor once famously said,in February 2010, "There haven't been any attacks on Jewish people, and if Jews from the city want to move to Israel that is not a matter for Malmö."

It's the persistence of such little incidents(one after the other)that could lead to the exodus of Jews from Malmöstan to the Promised Land which is also currently under threat of nuclear annihilation as a result of which it could be(God forbid)for the Jews of Malmö, nowhere to run to....

"You got a right to shout,

you been living the Golden Rule":

http://www.wiesenthal.com/site/apps/nlnet/content2.aspx?c=lsKWLbPJLnF&b=4441467&ct=12209397
14:46 September 30, 2012 by cogito
@entry. "One NumbNutz somewhere in the world puts out a video..."#21

It turns out the the video film that does not exist (only a trailer) and which has been on Youtube since May is not the reason for the demonstrations nor for the attacks in Libya. The film is rather a pretext.

All the fuss about the video and Coptic who produced is meant to distract from the spectacular failure of Obama's Middle East policies. The poor sap has been thrown in jail to pander to Egypt.
16:19 September 30, 2012 by Uncle
skatty

You know skatty? There are trillion people that I do not agree with on this forum. They are not idiots in their majority, since they admit the obvious and they see the arguments AROUND the word "idiot" .

They argue with the reasons of their classification as idiots. There are OTHERS however whose only argument is that they are not idiots. MMM... find yourself somewhere in the group?

To claim that Israel was established BECAUSE of Holocaust and as a payment to the Jews for Holocaust, is the first sign of either idiocy, or brainwash. Jews were officially working on getting a land in that place for 60 years before the Holocaust. Hundreds of thousands lived there for 2 thousand years before the Holocaust. It is not an opinion, but a fact.

In addition, connecting Israel to the attacks on Jews all over the world in ANY context is a sign of either IDIOCY or RACISM. Which one are you closer to?

Because according to this logic, just a look at any muslim country would suggest a legitimate lynch of each and every islamic immigrant/convert in the west, with the explanation of the actions of their countries' governments.

If you support this plan of action, then you should say it. If not, then you clearly make an exception for Jews only and therefore closer to a racist than idiot. So dilemma is still standing.... Unless you find a better explanation for this exception.
16:21 September 30, 2012 by motti
RobinHood, you must learn to read properly prior ro your comments. Please read again. I did not call Livingstone a Nazi, instead I would call him a leftwing fascist. He has been criticised (and applauded) by those within his own party for making the usual virulent and prejudiced allegations aginst Israel, even though he regularly invited and welcomed Islamics who call for the death of Jews and destruction of Israel.

The equation with Reepalu is a fair one I believe.

On a positive note, do you consider the idea that the Sweedish royal family might nominate a representative to visit the synagogue to show solidarity with the Jewish comunity and classify their inclusion within Swdish society a good one? I have no doubt that if the building had been a mosque, this action would already have happened.
18:56 September 30, 2012 by zeulf
7 @ skatty You have made a statement of fact, forgetting to read up about history , Please investigate a bit more, or don't complain when someone bashes You for it.. the people of the middle east of all religions have suffered since 1948 due to a tribal system, a lack of respect for human rights... Under the Turkish system (please do not forget the Armenians) there was no country called Palestine, I believe the French and English laid out the map lines, Allowed tribal leaders to become "kings". there has not been enough Peace since and people have been hurt. Not allowing refugees out of camps or allowing them to work and integrate into society has not payed off, the camps are little more than brewing pots of anger.
18:13 October 1, 2012 by entry
14:46 September 30, 2012 by cogito

"The film is rather a pretext."

Yes, with regards to the 2012 9/11 terrorist attack on the US embassy in Libya. However the demonstrations in Malmö were manufactured and linked to the youtube movie trailer much like the world wide demonstrations months after the publishing of the Danish Mohammed cartoons.
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