As European governments struggle and in many instances stumble badly in their efforts to cope with the unprecedented migration — some would say “invasion” — by hundreds of thousands of mostly Muslim Syrian refugees, the Christians in one country now face terrifying demands by Islamic State radicals in chilling messages linked to the terror group.
ISIS vowed back in February to send an army into Europe via immigration and they now claim that they have set up the first European caliphate — in Sweden. The consequence is that the Assyrian Christian community in Gothenburg, Sweden’s second largest city, is being tormented by threats to “convert or die,” accompanied by the warning, “the caliphate is here.”
Said Samuelsson of the deeply disturbing vandalism, “I felt a sudden chill down my spine. It’s terribly painful, we feel threatened.”
In addition to being a possible location for creation of an Islamic terror cell, Gothenburg — dubbed the “Swedish centre for jihadists” — is thought to be a hotbed for ISIS recruiting. It’s believed that at least 150 people have left the city in the western part of Sweden to fight for the Islamic State.
Assyrian Christians have been targeted by ISIS elsewhere, as well. In August, members of Islamic State kidnapped 250 Assyrians in Qaryatain, Syria…