A 38-year-old man was beaten with a metal rod outside his home in the Swedish city of Malmö on Sunday in what police is treating as a hate crime. (WJC)
A 38 year-old Malmo resident was beaten with a pipe for hanging an Israeli flag in his window.
Israel National News reported:
A 38 year-old man was assaulted in Malmö, Sweden, on Sunday – for the sole crime of hanging an Israeli flag in his window.
The assailants broke the man’s window first, prompting him to seek the perpetrators, police said.
“After that the man went out onto the street to see what was going on. Then he was attacked and it was on the basis of the flag. That is the information we have at present,” police told the TT news agency Monday.
They added that ten people chased the man from his building, wielding iron pipes. He managed to narrowly escape his attackers and was taken to hospital with serious injuries.
“Our initial evaluation is that this is a hate crime,” Malmö policewoman Marie Keismar added. The incident has been categorized as “aggravated assault.”
Sketches of the perpetrators have been distributed across Malmö, according to the Sydsvenskan newspaper.
Malmö has been a frequent flashpoint for anti-Semitism in Europe over the past year.