Under heavy police presence, Malmo’s Jews show support for Israel ahead of Eurovision semifinal

Jews gather in Malmo to show support for Israel ahead of Eurovision semifinal, May 9, 2024. (Lars Avner Aqurette)
Jews gather in Malmo to show support for Israel ahead of Eurovision semifinal, May 9, 2024. (Lars Avner Aqurette)

MALMO — Overshadowed by the much larger rally against Israel, a group of mostly local Jews gather in Malmö to show support for Israel ahead of the second Eurovision semifinal. In a small square in the city center, surrounded entirely by heavily armed police, about 150 people listen to the song “Hurricane” by Eden Golan — which she will perform tonight — while waving Swedish and Israeli flags.

Before the event began, smaller groups of pro-Palestinian protesters attempted to break through the police lines, but were successfully held back by Swedish police, who were reinforced by colleagues from Denmark. Some pro-Israel protesters who had planned to attend were not able to do so due to the security presence, which caused some irritation.

If Golan advances tonight to the grand final, a second mass demonstration against Israel is planned for Saturday evening in the southern Swedish city.

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