ADL Calls For Heightened Attention To Security For Jewish Communities After Explosions In Sweden And France

New York, NY, September 28, 2012 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today condemned two attacks targeting Jewish communities in Europe and called on officials in Sweden and France, as well as government leaders across the continent, to ensure that adequate security measures are in place for the safety of synagogues and Jewish community organizations in Europe.

Earlier today, an explosion was reported at the entrance of a Jewish community center in Malmo, Sweden. No one was injured; two men were arrested at the scene. That explosion followed an earlier, unrelated attack on September 19, the day after Rosh Hashanah, when two men dressed in black threw an explosive device into a kosher supermarket in Sarcelles, France, injuring four people.

It is not believed the two bombings are related. The Malmo Jewish community in particular has faced a series of anti-Semitic incidents in recent months, including harassment, threats and intimidation.

Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, issued the following statement:

The use of explosive devices in two incidents in quick succession is an alarming development, which should prompt European law enforcement and all those involved in security for Jewish organizations in Europe to ensure the adequacy of security measures in place. European authorities must do all they can to prevent attacks, especially with explosive devices, that could have more serious consequences in the future.

Public officials should also make clear the seriousness of these attacks. We note the contrast between French Interior Minister Manuel Walls, who immediately went to Sarcelles to visit with the Jewish community, with the Malmo Mayor Ilmar Reepalu, whose reported statement conveyed more concern for tourism than for the Jewish community: “It’s a terrible incident which damages different groups in Malmö as well as Malmö's brand.”

The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all. Today it is the world’s leading organization combating anti-Semitism, exposing hate groups, training law enforcement on hate crimes, developing anti-bias education programs for students, countering cyber-hate and relentlessly pursuing equal rights for all.

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