One attack a month on Swedish mosques
After the recent wave of attacks here, a compilation by the magazine Expo shows that in the past year there has been on the average one attack a month against mosques in Sweden.
On New Year’s Day someone threw a Molotov cocktail into the mosque in Uppsala. That followed fires at the mosques in Eslöv and Eskilstuna during Christmas week. Arson is suspected, and the fires are being investigated as hate crimes.
Expo’s Editor-in-Chief Daniel Poohl says hatred towards Moslems may have been provoked by the actions of the terrorist group IS in Syria and Iraq.
“In the wake of the Islamic State’s ravages and the major media attention it has attracted, Europe and Sweden’s Moslems have been forced to bear a collective guilt for what individual groups do,” he tells Swedish Radio News.
Abd al Hagg, chairman of the Swedish Islamic Society says that Moslems here are being exposed to greater risks than any time before. “There are more life-threatening attacks than before, when it was mostly just talk, graffiti, and the occasional window broken,” he says. “But when fires are being set in locales where people are present it is very disturbing.”
Daniel Poohl of Expo says that since the 9-11 attacks in the United States there are forces that want to make Moslems the scapegoats, and they are getting a new impetus from the terrorist group IS.
“There are deeply rooted misconceptions that Moslems are barbarians, that they are something completely different from our image of what we are and always have been in our part of the world,” he says.