Isaac Herzog
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Israeli President Isaac Herzog on Friday morning responded to a decision by Swedish police to allow the burning of a Jewish Bible.

"I unequivocally condemn the permission granted in Sweden to burn holy books," Herzog said. "As the President of the State of Israel, I condemned the burning of the Quran, sacred to Muslims world over, and I am now heartbroken that the same fate awaits a Jewish Bible, the eternal book of the Jewish people."

"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 clearly condemning this repulsive act," he emphasized.

Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen (Likud) also condemned the planned burnings, saying, "Burning a Torah scroll is a hate crime and provocation, and causes serious harm to the Jewish nation and to Jewish tradition. I call on the Swedish authorities to prevent this shameful event, and to not allow the burning of a Torah scroll."

At the same time, Cohen instructed the Israeli Ambassador in Sweden and the Foreign Ministry headquarters to "act in every way in order to prevent this shameful event."

Major General (Res.) Doron Almog, Chairman of The Jewish Agency For Israel, commented: "The Bible, is our heritage. I strongly condemn the Swedish authorities' permission to burn holy books. This is a pure hate crime. Our hearts go out to the Jewish community in Sweden. We embrace the representatives of The Jewish Agency and the State of Israel working in the area."