Sweden can run from Islamic terrorism, but it cannot hide

Since Sunday’s brutal attack on a synagogue in Copenhagen, the media and government in Denmark’s neighbour across the straits, Sweden, have struggled to describe the horrendous event as an “anti-Semitic” attack. Rather, it has been more fitting to the Swedish worldview to discuss a murdered security guard who happened to be Jewish and standing outside a synagogue, and to relate to this incident as part of a general terror threat against the Swedish nation.

The media and government officials have further diluted the anti-Semitic nature of the incident by wrapping into the discussion the risks of Islamophobia and the security needs of the Muslim community in Sweden.

The fact that we need to recognize, discuss and act upon a specific threat toward Jews is either unfathomable, marginalised or sought to be ignored by large parts of the Swedish political and media spectrum.

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