A Jewish woman was critically wounded in a stabbing attack in a Swedish city on Tuesday morning.
According to Swedish news site The Local, the woman was in her 60s and a prominent member of the Jewish community of Helsingborg. Her wounds are considered life threatening.
Another member of the Jewish community said, “We don’t know if it’s a coincidence or if the attack has something to do with her being active in the congregation.”
“We are deeply shocked,” he added. “It’s a really wonderful and helpful person who has been subjected to this tragic event.”
Police stated that they had not yet determined if the attack was motivated by antisemitism. A police source was quoted as saying, “That is something we are analyzing right now.”
Guards were stationed outside the city’s synagogue by the police in response to the incident.
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin issued a statement on the incident, saying, “Once again, Jews in Europe are in danger. Today’s brutal stabbing of a member of the Jewish community in Helsingborg, Sweden is yet another reminder that we cannot rely on fading memories of the Holocaust to keep today’s Jewish communities safe, as our schools, synagogues, and community centers are turning into fortresses.”
“We will fight antisemitism with all our might, and will speak out against these dreadful incidents,” he pledged. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the injured, her family and community.”