In a recent development that has drawn widespread condemnation, Swedish authorities have granted permission for a public gathering to burn Torahs and Bibles. This is taking place outside the Israeli Embassy in Stockholm. The decision has sparked outrage from various quarters, with the European Jewish Congress (EJC) and Israeli President Isaac Herzog strongly condemning the move. Among those speaking out against the Swedish government’s decision is renowned DJ and producer Steve Angello. He has expressed his profound disappointment and shame as a Swedish citizen.
The Controversy Unfolded
Firstly, the controversy began when a person applied for permission to hold a public gathering. A gathering with the intention of burning holy books outside the Israeli Embassy in Stockholm. Swedish national radio broadcaster Sveriges Radio reported the approval of the request, leading to widespread criticism and concern. The EJC was one of the first to respond. They did so by issuing a press release that “strongly” condemned the decision of the Swedish authorities. EJC President Ariel Muzicant labeled the act as “provocative, racist, antisemitic, and sickening“. He emphasized that such actions have no place in a civilized society. Additionally, Muzicant stressed that disrespecting religious and cultural sensibilities sends a message of unwelcome and lack of respect towards minorities.
Steve Angello Speaks Out
Secondly, amidst the uproar, Steve Angello, a native of Sweden, used his platform to voice his distress over the Swedish government’s decision. In a heartfelt statement, he expressed his disgust and shame as a Swedish citizen witnessing such provocative events unfold in his homeland. Furthermore, he emphasized the importance of respect and understanding. Additionally, he passionately denounced the burning of religious texts as a means of provoking religious groups. Steve Angello also called for accountability. He stated that those responsible for approving such requests should step down from their positions.
The burning of religious texts outside the Israeli Embassy in Stockholm has ignited a firestorm of controversy and condemnation. As the world looks on, the actions of the Swedish government have come under scrutiny, with international figures and citizens like Steve Angello expressing their dismay and disappointment. The incident serves as a stark reminder of the delicate balance between freedom of speech and religious tolerance in a democratic society. It remains to be seen how the Swedish government will respond to the growing outcry, as in, what measures, if any, will be taken to prevent similar incidents in the future.
Read Steve Angello’s original post in full, below: