During the weekend the Jewish community in Malmö held a seminar for children at their seminar facility in Höllviken (not far from Malmö). The weekend seminar was spoiled when an angry mob of some 10 youngsters decided to attack the seminar attendees—who were mostly children. The threatening gang was screaming hate slogans including “Heil Hitler”, “Jewi pigs” and “fucking Jews are spoiling Höllviken”. In addition to the anti-Semitic verbal abuse, the gang also trespassed into the privately-owned area in order to damage property.
The local newspaper Sydsvenskan. reported that the attackers, who were youngsters of about 13-14, accompanied their screaming of anti-Semitic slogans with a number of physical assaults: throwing eggs at the building’s windows and walls, banging windows and throwing trashcans around,
Amongst the participants from the Malmö Jewish community were children from the ages of seven and up. The children were reportedly very frightened by the screaming and the commotion caused by the youngsters.
After the police was called to the spot on Saturday some of the youngsters were questioned and named in order to enable an investigation of the attack, according to statements made by local police chief Kenneth Abrahamson.
As noted in the Sydsvenskan article, the harassments had started Friday evening when some 10 youngsters were banging on the windows of the seminar building and throwing trashcans around. They had been able to trespass the private area by breaking a fence. When the police were alerted the youngsters had left the scene, only to return on Saturday night to continue their violent abuse.
According to chairman of the Malmö Jewish community, Fred Kahn, the majority of participants to the community’s weekend seminar were children.
The pattern of increasing violence against the Jewish community in Malmö hasn’t stopped—even though the growing threat has been acknowledged by the Swedish authorities. Attacks on children can be seen as a further escalation in the current threat against the Malmö Jewish community.