Swedish Woman Beaten for Wearing Star of David

Jewish mother of four brutally attacked by Muslim gang who noticed her Star of David necklace.

Ari Soffer ,

Anna Sjogren following the attack
Anna Sjogren following the attack
World Zionist Organization

A Swedish Jewish woman was brutally beaten by a Muslim gang after she was spotted wearing a Star of David necklace.

Anna Sjogren was attacked last Thursday as she walked through a predominantly-Muslim suburb of the city of Uppsala in central Sweden. 

“A Muslim girl saw that I was wearing the Star of David on my neck and she started swearing at me and spat in my face. I got very upset and pushed her off,” Sjogren told the NRG news website.

At that point, she said, someone through a sharp object at her face, and before she knew it she was surrounded by at least ten Muslim extremists, who proceeded to savagely beat her.

“I’m not sure who it was. Everything happened so fast.” Sogren said of the initial blow.

“There were at least ten witnesses to the attack. All ten of them were wearing hijabs or scarfs in the colors of the PLO.  Some surrounding witnesses claim that I ‘tripped’ and fell and that no one hurt me. It’s just unbelievable.”

The Center reported that the mother of four suffered multiple injuries, including to her head and face.

But even after the beating stopped her ordeal wasn't over.

“Before we got to the hospital, one of the attackers gave me threatened me saying, ‘shut up or we’ll kill you.’” Sjogren recalled.

Sjogren said she was afraid to go to the police, because she feared that if she registered an official complaint, her attackers could find out where she lives.

“I cannot go to the police. The worst thing is that they will get my name and address. They’ll know where to find me and know and know I am the Jew who reported it.” she said.

She did, however, speak to the Security Organization of the Jewish Community.

But despite the brutal attack, Sjogren said on Facebook that she would not stop wearing the necklace - and still be helping to organize a pro-Israel rally set for September 7.

“The Star of David is extremely meaningful and significant. I will never take it down no matter what happens. When other Facebook users show support I will stand up proudly for Israel, I will never let any one silence me. Am Yisrael Chai. We will never forget and never forgive.”  

Scandinavia, like most other European countries, has been hit by a wave of anti-Semitic attacks in the weeks since Israel launched Operation Protective Edge against Gaza-based terrorists. Most attacks have been committed by young Muslims.

In response, late last week Norwegian activists staged a "yarmulka march" through a predominantly-Muslim neighborhood of Copenhagen, which saw Jews and non-Jews donning Jewish symbols to take a stand against anti-Semitism.