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28 Sep 2012, 18:41

Published: 28 Sep 2012 18:41 GMT+02:00

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The blast, which occurred between 12.30am and 12.45am on Friday, damaged the door and entryway to the building, but no one was injured.

"Some sort of firecracker was used and rocks were thrown at the building," Skåne County police spokesperson Cindy Schönström-Larsson told the TT news agency.

The suspects were arrested before dawn on Friday after being spotted in a vehicle that witnesses had seen near the scene of the blast.

The teens deny having committed any crime, but remain in custody on suspicion of aggravated destruction of property.

The city's Jewish leaders expressed their shock and fear following the attack.

Fred Kahn, head of the Jewish community in Malmö, said the attack reaffirms the view that the Jews in Malmö remain under threat and have suffered as a result.

"We need to heighten our security, but we don't have the money for things like that," he told the TT news agency.

Lena Posner-Körösi, chair of the Official Council of Swedish Jewish Communities (Judiska centralrådet) explained that the Skåne County governing board has twice rejected applications by the Malmö Jewish community to install surveillance cameras on the street adjacent to the building that was attacked on Friday morning.

"We've been rejected because they think it's a quiet street, which is just horrible," she told TT.

Posner-Körösi said there was no doubt in her mind that the attack was motivated by anti-Semitism.

"It's obvious when you consider everything that's happened in Malmö in recent years. It's unthinkable that it could be something else," she said.

Since 1990, however, the Jewish community has had permission to have cameras installed in the building's entryway. However, a police spokesperson refused to say whether Friday's attack had been captured on film.

Malmö's Social Democratic mayor Ilmar Reepalu, who has come under fire on numerous occasions for remarks interpreted as being anti-Semitic, condemned Friday's attack as "a criminal act".

However, opposition city council member Anja Sonesson of the Moderate Party blamed Reepalu and the rest of the city's political leadership from the Left, Green, and Social Democrat parties for contributing to the heightened tensions.

"They have a responsibility because for many years they haven't distanced themselves enough and haven't chosen to actively reduce the tensions," she told TT.

"In their internal documents they don't want to highlight ant-Semitism as a problem in this city."

She added that what she referred to as "Reepalu's statements and fallacies" have given Malmö a bad reputation abroad as a city rife with anti-Semitism.

Sonesson also pointed out that the city's leadership is continually getting involved in issues related to the actions of the state of Israel.

As an example, she pointed to the agenda for an upcoming council meeting which includes discussion of a security company that is active on the West Bank.

"They do this while at the same time refusing to look into the actions of any other country," she said.

Social Democrat party leader Stefan Löfven, who also condemned the attack, called Sonesson's criticism "irresponsible" and said now was not the time to point fingers.

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Despite the political posturing, Jewish community leader Kahn pointed out that one of the first calls he received Friday morning was from Reepalu.

"The support we've received has been incredibly important. It's overwhelming for many of us," he told the local Skånska Dagbladet newspaper.

However, Kahn remained at a loss as to why Jews in Malmö appear to be subject to more threats and violence than Jews elsewhere in the country.

"More attacks are directed at Jews in Malmö. I haven't heard about it happening in other places in Sweden," he told the paper.

"But maybe there are only a few people who do things like this. A single individual can still cause a lot of harm."

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20:22 September 28, 2012 by Gustav Jung
The local Council must clamp down hard on any anti-semitic activity, which is inexcusable in any civilised country. However this must not be confused with actions it may wish to take to combat the racist Zionist regime in Israel and it's anti-Palestinian ethnic cleansing activities.
20:24 September 28, 2012 by Bushyblondehead
1 guess-alot of muslims live there!
20:35 September 28, 2012 by Uncle
"it's anti-Palestinian ethnic cleansing activities."

6 thousand palestinians dead vs 2 thousand israelis, whereas the amount of civilians per capita in the "dead" category is higher on israeli side.

1,5 million palestinians in Israel, whereas there is a standing demand on having palestinian authority "Judenrein".

Murder of 10 million people by muslims from WWII to these days is "cultural perk", but defence from this locust is "racist zionist regime".

Having palestinians in israeli parliament and court is "racist", but LEGAL oppresson of the remaining Jews in islamic countries, as well sa places with islamic masses is "understandable opposition"

Talk about ethinc cleansing.
20:37 September 28, 2012 by intrepidfox

Need i say more.
21:22 September 28, 2012 by Orangemen
Here is the truth about the so-called ethnic cleansing:

According to a projection published by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees extrapolating from UNRWA's past growth rates, by 2030, UNRWA's refugee list will expand another 70 percent to 8.5 million.[10] In fact, at the same growth rate, by 2060 there will be four times as many Palestinian refugees as there are today and twenty-five times the number registered by UNRWA in 1950-though not a single one of the original Palestinian refugees is likely still to be alive by then.

Projected growth of UNRWA Refugee Rolls

1950 750,000

2010 4,880,377

2020 6,432,567

2030 8,478,434

2040 11,174,981

2050 14,729,159

2060 19,413,735
21:39 September 28, 2012 by tercel
@20:22 September 28, 2012 by Gustav Jung

"The local Council must clamp down hard on any anti-semitic activity, which is inexcusable in any civilised country."

However this must not be confused with actions it may wish to take to combat the racist muslim brotherhood regime in Egypt and it's anti-coptic christian ethnic cleansing activities.
22:21 September 28, 2012 by Richard Head
This must be another one of the "contributions" that the Imam in Fittja was talking about. This country is going to be a 3rd World Middle Eastern Islamic state within the next 100 years if Swedish people don't wake up and demand action. I'm talking about mass deportations of and a complete cease in Muslim refugee/asylum seekers. It's time to think about your future, Swedish people!
22:51 September 28, 2012 by intrepidfox
23:59 September 28, 2012 by Uncle


Actually more than 1 million Jews became refugees from the muslim countries in the 50's, but the good muslims, as well as concerned european citizens happen to forget it.

What is concerning, is that every attack on Jews is connected to Israel by the nazis who just came off the plane, however the SAME people call for tolerance towards the billion islamists, in spite of a "small" percentage of extremists.

So. Saying that honour killings, calls for jihad in mosques, circumcising and force marrying girls, rape, axe attacks on caricature inventors and suicide bombings are directly CORRELATED with islamic culture that is clearly exposed in Sudan, Lybia, Syria, Lebanon, Sudan, Somali, Iran, Iraq, Yemen etc is RACIST, but justifying PHYSICAL attacks on Jews with the politics of Israel is an EXPLANATION.

Europeans are simply idiots that they continue bringing THIS into their countries. THIS! What an unreasonable behaviour of as suicidal idiot...
03:15 September 29, 2012 by bcterry
Islamic love, ......... love of hate.

That halal tasted so much better after Friday prayers.
09:57 September 29, 2012 by calebian22
"...called Sonesson's criticism "irresponsible" and said now was not the time to point fingers."

And when would be a good time? Criticism of a d-bag like Reepalu is always responsible and appropriate.
12:42 September 29, 2012 by Grokh
This has nothing to do with Israel, it has to do with racism and persecution.

and its is unbelievable how those people are not getting proper protection.

And if people want to criticize israel i suggest they go on youtube and watch some documentaries about what that country has gone through.

This hole recent pro palestine has risen after the last war because of what israelis did. but if people look back at 1948, 1956, 1967, 1973 then they would understand a little bit more about the region.
12:50 September 29, 2012 by RobinHood
"Social Democrat party leader Stefan Löfven...called Sonesson's criticism "irresponsible" and said now was not the time to point fingers."

Mr Lofven had an opportunity to expell Mayor Reepalu from the Social Democrat party, but decided to affirm his membership instead. By doing so, he has firmly connected himself and Social Democracy to Reepalu, anti-semetism generally, and attacks on Jews in Malmö specifically.

As a Reepalu supporter, it is not suprising Mr Lörven would prefer the pointing fingers to stay well away from him.
13:14 September 29, 2012 by JOHNATAN

Gustav yung

I understand your anger on the Israeli government in the issue of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The place to protest against our government is the Israeli embassy in Sweden.

The Jews in Malmo are Swedes they live there hunders of years or as refuggies from other European countries after the 2 WW,they have nothing to do with the decisions of our government ,they are not our citizens and do not take part in the life here, therefore attacking their Synagouge,pushing the Rabbi from the bus, calling the Jews names while they walk to pray on Saterday,signing Svastika in the cemeteray all these are pure Anti Semitic acts.

and still a small advice, do not import the middle east problems to Sweden, it will resolve nothing and will bring just undesired troubles.

16:18 September 29, 2012 by Cornelius Hamelberg
Mayor Reepalu and all the powers that be have a major responsibility in uplifting the so far tarnished image of his city, Malmö which will be the venue for next year's Eurovision song contest - we simply cannot allow this sort of thing to go on....

20:51 September 29, 2012 by entry
Malmö, the largest urban Islamist terrorist training camp in Sweden must be reigned in and put under Swedish law once again.
01:35 September 30, 2012 by Uncle

"I understand your anger on the Israeli government in the issue of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict."

Why? Why would you understand the anger? This is the least bloodiest conflict currently ongoing in the world. Freaking police war against drugs in Mexico took more innocent lives than both intifadas!

Why would he not be angry at what is going on in Syria? Why would he not rage over the situation of Kurds, Tuareg, Berber? Why would he not call for blockade of Yemen or, say, Turkey that has northern Cyprus conquered and bombs kurds with napalm? Why not be really, but REALLY angry at decisions of Saudi and Irani governments in regards to Bahrain? Why not protest against the actions of Russians in Dagestan?

Do you really believe that these fascists care about palestinians? You are either naive or crazy. When the Lebanese government with Hezbollah assistance bombed to heaven more than 2 thousand palestinians in northern Lebanon merely a month after the Second Lebanese war, these "human rights activists" happened to watch "Let's Dance" instead. The silence was louder than in the graveyard.

The willingness of israelis to bend over and accept the criticism of these nazis who isolate Jews in EVERYTHING, including conflicts, is self destructive. The attacks on Jews arise from a REAL agreement with the nazi ideology. The same reason lays in critic of Israel. Both have the origin in the same place and as such shall be exposed.
07:52 September 30, 2012 by TheWatchman
Jews should really get out of Sweden already. It's not safe.
18:01 October 1, 2012 by ramshead
Sweden has opened Pandora's box of ill's by allowing Islam to get a foot hold in your country. The Muslim community will continue to grow and demand and create havoc as it is apparent in Malmo. To begin with they were peaceful and no threat, but as their population has grown they have become demanding and threatening and will demand to be govern by Sharia law and will increase lawlessness in order to obtain it. Is it not oblivious in other countries in Europe, like France and the Netherlands the direction Islam is taking. I sincerely hope your government will see the light and do something before it's too late.
18:36 October 1, 2012 by JOHNATAN

Do not worry.

I live in Israel ,I was born in Israel , I fought as tank commander 1973 war, 1982 Lebanon war.

The security of the Israelies and our land is deep in my heart,nobody here will give up our right to exsist, we the Israelies here might have different opinion regarding

how to resolve the Israeli Palestinian conflict but no doubt about our exsistence as a Jewish state. we do not bend and I think that the peace agreement we have done by now are O.K .

I do think that people like Orangemen and Gustav must understand that the Jews in Malmo should be left out from the middle east conflict,now I do not know who is behind that attacks if it is the moslems who do it because of the Palestinians my words were pointed to them ,if they are Neo Nazies so their motives are racist and then the Swedish government must take care of both cases.By the way in the Mossad there are departments of both neo nazies and radical islamists , ,they are under secret watch and follow up and if needed they may take action.

If you ask me as a son of holocaust surviviour and as Israeli all the Jews should live here this will make us stronger.

Hag Sukot Sameah
20:39 October 1, 2012 by johan rebel
The suspects:

Stefan Dzudovic, born 1993

Goce Gjoreski, born 1994
23:40 October 1, 2012 by Spaniel27

How do you know they are the suspects? Is the situation in Malmo for Jews really that bad? Why don't they leave? As an outsider this is hard to understand-- is it just some kids with firecrackers?
21:05 October 2, 2012 by JOHNATAN

Who did it- will be the

'homework "of the Malmo police.

This is not a single case but make part of many attacks on the small Jewish comunity of Malmo during the last 10 years.

Many Jews have allready left Malmo and the small comunity became much smaller by now.

If it is to continue what will be left in the future is a small group of old people or sick one who can not leave the place.

It is not something in which the mayor of the city can be proud with.
23:17 October 4, 2012 by motti
Spaniel27, in answer to your questin and comments.

If you have been following the news in sweden and abroad, you would not have needed to ask the question as to whether the situation in Malmoe for Jews is so bad. Why don't you don a beard, hat and attempt to be viewed as a Jew? Better still, just say that you are a Jew, and then you will find out.

Obviously some Jews are leaving Malmoe because of the insults and assaults on them and are fearful for their children. In leaving Malmoe and/or Sweden, what message does that offer the outside the world? Not very positive is it

The comment was made that if Reepalu had been mayor during the second world war, those Danish Jews who sought sanctuary in Sweden, would hav ebeen denied entry and or handed over to the Gestapo.

The world views the Jews as the canaries in the mine for social and security issues. When the Jew cries Gavalt, because of the hatred, then any responsible government, left, right or centre, would take action. Unfortunately for sweden, it does not bode well. A real shame for a supposdely civilised country.
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