A Muslim who threatened Sweden, saying “Until the day we die, we will engage in war against Sweden and Europe,” on Arabic TV has police on alert. One terror expert says the threat should be taken seriously, and that Sweden is in desperate need of a counter-extremism programme.
The Local (h/t Maria J) The Swedish Security Service (Säpo) has received a number of worried calls since a video clip from an Arabic talk-show programme started making the rounds online. On a recent episode of the popular Arabic talk-show programme Su’al Jari (Bold Questions), a man called in from Sweden and proceeded to threaten the country with extreme violence.
Swedish Security Police (Säpo) spokeswoman Sirpa Franzén said that the reactions from Swedes had been strong. “Many people are upset since the video and other information is being spread online in connection to the situation in Syria,” she told newspaper Dagens Nyheter (DN).
The caller, identified in the show as Sheikh Ahmed, said he was a member of the jihadist group IS (Islamic State, previously ISIS, Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) and began making references to the Koran, saying that god had given Muslims instructions to kill non-believers.
The talk show is hosted by Rashid Hmami, a Moroccan who converted from Islam to Christianity when he was 19. Hmami proceeded to grill the caller about verses of the Koran and his methods of enforcing his religion. “So why do you live in Sweden? Why do you live in a land of unbelievers? You know that it is haram, forbidden for Muslims,” Hmami pressed. “The Islam country is God’s country which is the entire world,” Ahmed responded.
“And you receive welfare benefits from Sweden. You take advantage of the state and its welfare and money.” “No. It is not their money,” the caller said. “The money can only come from god.”
The conversation developed into a debate about god’s tasks and the concept of mercy and forbearance, with the caller claiming that it was god’s command to kill non-believers in order to save his own people from doubt. “Is what ISIS doing to non-believers today simply mercy?” “The purpose of Isis is to eradicate them,” the caller asserted.
Franzén at Säpo said that the agency takes all threats seriously, adding that the agency is already working on investigating the matter. Linus Gustafsson at the Swedish National Defence College said the probable investigation would determine whether the caller is indeed a threat. “And it will determine whether he actually has the capability to turn this threat into a reality,” he told The Local.
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Gustafsson added that there were 80 confirmed Swedes fighting in Syria and that this particular threat should be taken seriously. Most of the radical Islamists in Sweden, he said, were second-generation immigrants, but that doesn’t mean the problem stems from immigration, rather the glaring lack of prevention programmes and exit strategies.
“Sweden is lacking effective measures to prevent individuals from becoming radicalized, and becoming a threat when they arrive in Sweden,” Gustafsson explained.