After Swedish police approved the public burning of a Torah and Christian Bible in Stockholm the condemnations came pouring in.

Activist Ahmad Alush said he planned to carry this out “for the sake of freedom of speech.” But when he showed up at the Israeli embassy where he was supposed to burn the Torah, he said he never intended to burn any holy books. Instead, he wanted to protest against the burning of a Quran weeks earlier.

Let’s unpack what happened and the different perspectives: whether book burning should be protected as free speech or banned as hate speech.

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