I must admit, I didn't quite expect this behaviour from the lala liberals. Picture this, we have come to expect violent anti-semitism to be associated with islamic fundamentalism, or errant youths. Well there is a new trend on the rise. If you are Jewish, and you do not denounce Israel, you become the target of derision, hate speech in the guise of human rights, and violence; all seemingly sanctioned by the political leadership.
Malmö in Sweden boasts a population of around 290,000 and currently one of the worst reputations for anti-Semitism on the planet right now. Violent acts abound to such a degree that Jewish families have begun leaving out of fear for their safety.
Malmö was one of the earliest and most industrialized towns of Scandinavia, but until the turn of the millennium had been struggling with the adaptation to post-industrialism. Since then, Malmö has become a "new" city, with impressive architectural developments, attracting new biotech and IT companies, and particularly students through Malmö University.
The city contains many historic buildings and parks, and is also a commercial centre for the western part of Scania.
“Threats against Jews have increased steadily in Malmö in recent years and many young Jewish families are choosing to leave the city,” said Fredrik Sieradzki of the Jewish Community of Malmö.
This being borne out by the fact that from 2008 to 2009 crimes against Jews doubled including Jewish cemeteries and synagogues being defaced with anti-Semitic graffiti. In addition a chapel at another Jewish burial site in Malmö was firebombed during Operation Cast Lead in Gaza last January. This has led the Jewish residents of Malmö to conclude that a part of local anti-Jewish sentiment is linked with negative attitudes towards Israel.
The Jewish residents number around 700 with a fast growing Muslim population. Of interest however, is the fact that the Jews do not attribute much of the problem to the Muslim community but rather to the local Swedes.
Sieradzki believes that the attitude of Malmö politicians, especially Social Democrat city council chair Ilmar Reepalu, has allowed anti-Semitism to reach the levels that it currently has.
“He’s demonstrated extreme ignorance when it comes to our problems,” Sieradzki explained. “It’s shameful and regrettable that such a powerful politician could be so ignorant about the threats we face. If you read between the lines, he seems to be suggesting that the violence directed toward us is our own fault simply because we didn’t speak out against Israel. We’re a non-political, cultural and religious organization, and there are all kinds of Jews in Malmö.”
Sieradzki admitted his pessimism about the future of the Jewish community in Malmö, saying that there needs to be a “complete change in attitude” among the city’s politicians if the situation is going to improve. “These issues need to be taken seriously,” he said, advocating for dialogue between politicians, Islamic groups and the Jewish community. “But right now many Jews in Malmö are really concerned about the situation here and don’t believe they have a future here.”
During World War II and while apparently neutral Sweden played a role in humanitarian efforts and many refugees, among them many Jews from Nazi-occupied Europe, were saved partly because of the Swedish involvement in rescue missions at the internment camps and partly because Sweden served as a haven for refugees, primarily from the Nordic countries and the Baltic states.
How things have changed.
Source: Rickmark Sentinel