A Muslim mob in Uppsala, Sweden set upon and severely beat a Jewish mother of four, for wearing a Magein Dovid necklace, Israel’s NRG News reported Sunday.
“One of the attackers signaled me to ‘Shut up or we’ll kill you,'” Anna Sjögren, in her 40s, said of the ordeal, which transpired on Thursday. So far, she said she’s too traumatized by the assault to file a police complaint.
While walking in one of the city’s largely Muslim populated neighborhoods, “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” Sjögren told the World Zionist Organization Center for Countering Antisemitism.
Sjögren said that someone standing next to the girl then threw a sharp object at her face. “I’m not sure who it was. Everything happened so fast,” she said.
“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.”
Sjögren’s jaw was severely damaged, her eyes swollen, and she sustained injuries all over her body, according to the report.
“I cannot go to the police. The worst thing is that [the assailants] will get my name and address. They’ll know where to find me and know I am the Jew who reported it,” she said. However, on Monday, Sjögren was to address a local Jewish security organization.
Sjögren is involved in organizing a pro-Israel demonstration scheduled for September 7th, an event the WZO said she has been planning for months.
“The Star of David is extremely meaningful and significant. I will never take it off no matter what happens,” she wrote on her Facebook page.
“I will stand up proudly for Israel, I will never let any one silence me. Am Yisrael Chai (The people of Israel live!). We will never forget and never forgive.”