After the desecration of the Holy Quran, Sweden allows the burning of the Torah and the Bible!
The controversial protest is scheduled for Saturday.
As reported, Swedish police on Friday granted a permit for a protest which would include burning holy texts outside the Israeli embassy in Stockholm.
The news has sparked condemnation from Israel and Jewish organizations.
Israel strongly condemns the intention to burn a Bible in front of the Israeli Embassy in Sweden.— Lior Haiat 🇮🇱 (@LiorHaiat) July 14, 2023
Burning holy books is an act of hatred and intolerance and has nothing to do with freedom of expression.
We call on the authorities in Sweden to prevent the burning of holy books. pic.twitter.com/xdYFSMk6P2
Israel’s President Isaac Herzog in a statement said, “I unequivocally condemn the permission granted in Sweden to burn holy books.”
“I condemned the burning of the [Holy] Quran, sacred to Muslims the world over, and I am now heartbroken that the same fate awaits a Jewish Bible, the eternal book of the Jewish people,” the head of state added.
Permitting the defacement of sacred texts is not an exercise in freedom of expression, it is blatant incitement and an act of pure hate. The whole world must join together in condemning unequivocally this repulsive act.— יצחק הרצוג Isaac Herzog (@Isaac_Herzog) July 14, 2023
Last year, this was stopped due to the intervention by Muslim community leaders in Sweden. This sheer madness of burning holy books in the name of freedom of expression needs to be stopped.
The demonstration would include the burning of the Torah and the Bible, was in response to the Holy Quran burning protest, and would be an expression in support of freedom of speech, according to the application to the police.
Furthermore, the Stockholm police stressed that in line with Swedish legislation they granted permits for people to hold public gatherings and not for the activities conducted during them.
“The police do not issue permits to burn various religious texts — the police issue permits to hold a public gathering and express an opinion,” said Carina Skagerlind, press officer for Stockholm police.
“An important distinction,” she added.
On the other hand, large crowds gathered in Sweden this past week peacefully protesting the recent burning of the Holy Quran.