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    United States' Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism, Ira Forman, is set to visit Sweden later this week as local Jews grow increasingly concerned for their safety in light of the recent terrorist attacks in France and neighboring Denmark

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) The United States' Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism, Ira Forman, is set to visit Sweden later this week as local Jews grow increasingly concerned for their safety in light of the recent terrorist attacks in France and neighboring Denmark, Swedish media reported Wednesday.

    "I think it is an important statement from the US that they are concerned about what is happening in Europe and especially in Scandinavia, and they have reason to be concerned," Lena Posner-Korosi, President of the Council of Sweden's Jewish communities, told The Local.

    Forman is set to attend a seminar in Stockholm over the weekend, and travel to Sweden's southern city of Malmo on Monday, where he will meet with local authorities and representatives of the Jewish community.

    "There is uneasiness among the Jews of Europe. This is also noticeable in Malmo. Copenhagen is only twenty minutes away," Jehoshua Kaufman, head of the local Jewish congregation, told Helsingborgs Dagblad.

    "It is good that they take our situation seriously," he added.

    Denmark's capital, Copenhagen, saw two terror attacks last month, as an Islamist gunman opened fire at a free speech seminar and then at a synagogue, killing two civilians.

    The incidents followed a string of terror attacks in Paris the previous month, when 17 people were killed in shootings at the office of Charlie Hebdo magazine and a kosher supermarket.


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