Non-Jewish man wearing yarmulke in solidarity with Jews is assaulted in Sweden

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(JTA) — A non-Jewish man who wore a kippah in the city of Gothenburg in Sweden was assaulted on the street by several men and was called “Jewish bastard” by at least one of them, a witness said.

The incident on Wednesday “happened very quickly,” the witness told the Dagen Nyheter daily, who wrote about it Thursday. “He didn’t have a chance to defend himself,” said the witness, who is related to the unnamed alleged victim. Police are looking into the incident, which happened during the afternoon in central Gothenburg, a port city of over 500,000.

In 2015, a Swedish reporter who isn’t Jewish was assaulted in Malmo, another port city situated about 150 miles south of Gothenburg, while wearing a kippah on the street to test attitudes toward Jews.

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Watchdog groups and Jewish community officials are reporting an increase in antisemitic incidents across Europe since the start of intense fighting between Israel and Hamas earlier this month. A cease-fire on May 21 ended 11 days of fighting, but antisemitic incidents still appear to be occurring at an elevated rate.

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