Sweden: Jewish community prepare for Yom Kippur amid neo-Nazi rally in Gothenburg

The Jewish community of Gothenburg, Sweden, is celebrating their biggest holiday of the year, Yom Kippur, on Friday amid concerns over an upcoming rally, called by the neo-Nazi Nordic Resistance Movement (NMR) on Saturday. Originally planned to be held in the heart of Sweden’s second largest city and pass by Gothenburg Synagogue and Jewish community centre, the rally's route was changed on... Еще Monday, bringing relief to the concerned members of the Jewish community. Gothenburg's Administrative Court has significantly shortened the original route, preventing it from passing near the synagogue where Yom Kippur celebrations will be taking place on Saturday after appeals from the leaders of the Jewish community. Members of the NMR, who promote white supremacist and anti-Semitic ideology, previously suggested they would ignore any route change. Commenting on the idea of the rally coinciding with one of the holiest Jewish holidays, executive director of Gothenburg Community Laila Takolander said “it’s a typical thing that right wings and the Nazis did in the 1930s. They did exactly this: harassed the Jews during Jewish holidays.” She called on the Swedish authorities to keep the balance between freedom of speech in terms of organising demonstrations and the security of citizens, including the Jewish community. Stefan Lindmark, a member of the Gothenburg Jewish community, could not tell for sure if the neo-Nazi march on Yom Kippur was a coincidence or intentional. The Nordic Resistance Movement is a national socialist movement with branches in Sweden, Norway and Finland. Saturday's rally may draw over a thousand of its supporters. Numerous counter-demonstrations by leftist and Antifa movements are expected to take place close to the Nordic Resistance Movement's march, putting more pressure on police.

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