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Sweden’s Jewish community has shut down synagogues across the country as a precautionary measure against a possible terrorist threat, the World Jewish Congress said.
The shutdown is expected to be temporary, but the threat of terror has swept Sweden. The Local website reported Friday that police are questioning a 25-year-old Iraqi man who was accused of plotting terror in the country.
The suspect is a member of a radical Islamic group, which was not identified.
Sweden’s terror threat level remains at ‘high” on Friday, the second-highest on a one to five scale.
“I think people are going to see a lot of police officers around today. We will see what comes out of interrogations and information, if there’s a reason to lower the level in the future. But it’s too early to tell,” national police chief Dan Eliasson told TT.
The chairwoman of the Official Council of Jewish Communities in Sweden, Lena Posner-Körösi, said that the security situation will be re-assessed on a daily basis.
Several European countries have raised their terror alert levels in the wake of last week’s Islamic State (ISIS) attacks in Paris.
“Violent Islamism is still the biggest threat against Sweden,” said Anders Thornberg., the director general of Swedish security service.
JTS News Service contributed to this report.Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu
The Young Israel rabbi of the family of Palestinian Authority murder victim Ezra Schwartz called on all religious leaders to condemn terror.
Schwartz, 18 and from the Boston suburb of Sharon, was one of three people shot and killed when a Palestinian Authority terrorist went on a shooting spree Thursday afternoon at the entrance to Alon Shvut in Gush Etzion, using a Uzi sub-machine gun.
Having run out of ammunition, he then sped away and rammed into people at the Gush Etzion junction before he was apprehended.
The other two people murdered in the attack are Alon Shvut resident Yaakov Don, 49, and a Hebron Arab identified as Shadi Arafeh, 24.
Two women wounded in the ramming attack are in good condition, and one of them is scheduled to be released from Shaarei Tzedek Hospital in Jerusalem Friday morning.
Schwartz was killed when the terrorist opened fire on a line of cars. He and his fellow students from the Yeshivat Ashreinu in Beit Shemesh were in the area to distribute food to soldiers.
He graduated from Maimonides School in the Boston suburb of Brookline this year.
He and his family were members of the Young Israel of Sharon synagogue, where friends and members were overwhelmed by grief after hearing of the murder of Schwartz, who is to be buried on Sunday.
Rabbi Meir Sendor said:
I really think it’s well overdue that religious leaders step up,” Sendor said. “Rabbis, imams, priests. Recognize there is never, ever a justification for violence.
It has been silently accepted that virtually no religious leaders have categorically condemned Palestinian Authority and Israeli Arab attacks. Reform and Conservative rabbis are rarely heard, except to condemn settlements and sermonize on “two states.”
Muslim clergy are out of the picture completely. Priests can mention it without lecturing Israel for “causing” terror because it allows Jews to live in Judea and Samaria.
A haunting acceptance of Islamic terror, especially the murders of Jews, has sown seeds justifying it. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has tried denying he excused terror this week by commenting in Paris that he could understand the “rationale” for the murders at the offices of the satirical Charlie Hebdo magazine last January. One of the victims was a Jewish cartoonist.
Kerry explained he was not defending terror or rationalizing it but simply saying he understands the reasoning of terrorists.
Hamas spokesman Hussan Badran praised Thursday’s attack calling it “an act of bravery” against “Zionist settlers.”
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Thursday that “blindness and hypocrisy” stops people from condemning attacks as vehemently as the Islamic State (ISIS) massacres in Paris a week ago.
The Maimonides School stated:
The community is profoundly saddened as we mourn the tragic loss of our recent graduate, Ezra Schwartz, Class of 2015, who was murdered in a terrorist attack today in Israel. Ezra was spending his gap year studying in Israel. Our thoughts and prayers are with Ezra’s family, classmates and friends.
“They miss him. They miss Ezra. We all miss him,” Rabbi Meir Sendor said.
Maimonides School teacher Lori Kipnes told the Boston television station WCVB:
The whole school went into shock. The middle school and the upper school immediately canceled classes, and everybody came together to pray. At first, we heard he was hurt and was in surgery in critical condition. We were praying for his safety and his recovery, but then we got the news that it was too late.
Schwartz is the second alumni of the Maimonides school to be murdered in the last 12 months. Rabbi Moshe Twersky, 59, was killed in the November 14 butchery of five men, four of them rabbis, at a synagogue in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Har Nof. The victims were praying when two Jerusalem Arab terrorists attacked them with butcher knives, axes and a gun.Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu
Soccer fans are not the most civilized people in the world.
Nor are Turkish Muslims.
It gets even worse when you put the two together.
Players from Greece and Turkey stopped their friendly game to stand for a one-minute tribute to the memories of those slain by Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists in Paris last and to show solidarity with France.
Thousands of fans did not like the idea.
First they booed.
Then they broke out into a chant of “Allahu Akbar,” Muslim terrorists’ favorite words when killing non-Muslims.
It is no wonder that millions of Muslims in Europe are embarrassed to show their faces in public these days.Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry put both feet in his mouth this time.
It took the massacre of more than 130 people in Paris Friday to cause him to philosophize that the murders were different from other terror attacks which, according to him, had a “rationale,” such as the murders of 12 people at the offices of the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine.
The “rationale” is that since the satirical caricatures mocking the Muslim Prophet Mohammed aroused anger among Islamists, the murders were understandable. He almost said they were “legitimate” before correcting himself and settling for “rationale.”
He told CBS News from the U.S. Embassy in Paris:
There’s something different about what happened from Charlie Hebdo, and I think everybody would feel that.
There was a sort of particularized focus and perhaps even a legitimacy in terms of—not a legitimacy, but a rationale that you could attach yourself to somehow and say, ‘Okay, they’re really angry because of this and that. This Friday was absolutely indiscriminate. It wasn’t to aggrieve one particular sense of wrong. It was to terrorize people.
It is difficult to believe that Kerry really understood the implications of what he said. His comments were a kind of diplomatic incitement.
His reasoning, such as it is, means there is a rationale for a person to murder a specific victim if he has a specific reason.
In the case of the attacks on the offices of Charlie Hebdo, the terrorists did fire indiscriminately at people, but for Kerry, that doesn’t matter since all of them were working for the same magazine that gave the terrorists a “rationale” to be angry.
The Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists who bombed and gunned down victims Friday night also had a specific victim in mind. ISIS stated that last week’s attacks in Paris were against the “capital of prostitution and obscenity.”
If Kerry can see a “rationale” to murder a magazine’s employees because of caricatures mocking Mohammed, it stands to reason he should see a rationale for murdering people because they live in the “capital of prostitution and obscenity.”
Kerry has spent a good deal of his time as Secretary of State rationalizing Islamic terror, especially the murder of Israelis “because of the settlements.”
He thinks that if the settlements would disappear, Palestinian Authority terror would disappear, just like it was supposed to fade away after the PA’s first – and last – democratic elections 11 years ago, and just like Hamas terror was going to evaporate when Israel expelled all Jews from Gaza and withdrew all Israeli soldiers.
Kerry thinks that if the Charlie Hebdo magazine had not mocked Mohammed, none of the magazine’s workers would have been murdered.
And if Western civilization would evaporate, there would be no more Islamic terror.Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu
The world is paying a heavy price for years of condoning terror attacks against Israel, New York Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer told National Committee for Furtherance of Jewish Education.
He directly blamed last Friday’s Islamic State (ISIS) massacres in Paris on years of malign neglect as terrorists mowed down Israelis one by one and 10 by 10, with the numbers now in the thousands and going up.
Here are some of his comments, reported by the Jewish Insider:
Israel and the Jewish people have been subject to the same type of terrorism since the 70s. And for so long, when it just happened to Israel, the world condoned it.
They [may have not] condoned it, but maybe didn’t do much about it, and Israel had to fight terrorism on her own.
One of his comments was half-correct and ignored the world’s lack of appreciation for Israel’s putting a virtual end to aerial hijackings in the 1970s.
Schumer said, “Had the world come down when the terrorists shot the Israeli athletes at the Olympics (in Munich 1972), or hijacked El AL planes, and come down on them hard, we wouldn’t have had what happened in Paris, today.”
The world indeed ignored the massacre of Israeli athletes at Munich, and the Olympics Games went on as usual, as if there was only a technical delay.
But it was Israel that taught the world how to deal with the plague of aerial hijackings in the 1970s. Operation Entebbe put a virtual end to the terrorism in the air when elite IDF commandos raided the Entebbe airport in 1976 to rescue more than 100 hostages taken by Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine terrorists.
The world never thanked Israel and instead literally condoned years of terror by excusing it as a result of the “occupation.” So far, no one in Paris has said that those ISIS suicide terrorists bombed and gunned down innocent civilians because of settlements.Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu
Le Bataclan was one of the locations in Paris that was attacked on Friday.
An Islamic made video from 2008 has emerged. It shows masked Islamists threatening to attack to the Jewish-owned cafe.Video of the Day