Danish police arrested a suspect in the brutal street attack on a Jewish woman one day after it occurred.
By World Israel News Staff
On Wednesday, Danish police arrested a Muslim suspect in the stabbing of a Jewish woman in neighboring Sweden.
The woman, in her 60s, was attacked in the city of Helsingborg on Tuesday morning while on her way to work. She remains in serious condition after being stabbed nine times.
Anti-Semitism is the suspected motive as the woman is married to a senior figure of the Jewish community in the city.
Reportedly, there is a high level of anti-Semitism in Helsingborg. The JTA reports “the region’s 1,200 Jews encounter dozens of hate crimes annually.” Helsingborg is located about 40 minutes north of Malmo, a city which has become a poster child for critics of Muslim population and its attendant problems, including anti-Semitism.
Talia, a young Jewish woman who lives in Stockholm, told World Israel News, after the recent attack, “I’m not shocked. It’s not safe to be a Jew in Sweden.”
Even the Orthodox rabbi wears a hat rather than a kippah, fearing for his safety, she said.
She declined to give her surname, saying that when she looks for work, a potential employer could find the article. “It’s not good for one’s career here to be pro-Israel,” she explained.
“Once again, Jews in Europe are in danger,” Israeli President Reuven Rivlin stated. “Today’s brutal stabbing of a member of the Jewish community in Helsingborg, Sweden is yet another reminder that we cannot rely on fading memories of the Holocaust to keep today’s Jewish communities safe, as our schools, synagogues and community centers are turning into fortresses.
“We will fight anti-Semitism with all our might, and will speak out against these dreadful incidents. Our thoughts and prayers are with the injured, her family and community.”