Once a haven, now hundreds protest anti-Semitism in Malmo, Sweden

Jews and non-Jews join to march in southern Swedish city, which has large immigrant Muslim community, to bring attention to the intolerance & violent anti-Semitic attacks in Malmo. – Watch Video

By jn1.tv

“I think that it is a small minority that harasses Jews in Malmo,” said Willy Silberstein of the Swedish Committee against Anti-Semitism. “The big majority is here with us, but still the enemies are strong enough to be a big problem. That’s why marched in the southern Swedish city of Malmo over the weekend to bring attention to intolerance and anti-Semitic attacks in the Nordic country. The city has a large immigrant Muslim community and attacks on Jews have spiked in recent years.



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Sweden’s government has come under criticism for failing to provide adequate protection to the country’s small Jewish community and address the issue of anti-Semitism, even after an explosion rocked a building in a Jewish community in Malmo last year. In 2010, a group of Jews were attacked during a peaceful demonstration in support of Israel and in August several hundred Jews and non-Jews marched in Stockholm in solidarity with Malmo’s persecuted Jewish community.

Malmo’s mayor, Ilmar Reepalu, said that a group of Jews who were attacked during the peaceful demonstration had brought the violence upon themselves for not distancing themselves from Israel and its actions during the month-long Gaza war in 2008-2009.

Muslim protest against Israeli tennis players in Malmo in 2009 (archives) – Photo: Reuters

One demonstrator spoke of how he was harassed while working as teacher.

A local Jewish community leader attempted to put the problem into perspective for the country’s 20,000 Jews.

“I think that it is a small minority that harasses Jews in Malmo,” said Willy Silberstein of the Swedish Committee against Anti-Semitism. “The big majority is here with us, but still the enemies are strong enough to be a big problem. That’s why I’m here.”

Anti-Semitism in Malmo first drew international attention in 2009, when riots broke out due to the presence of Israeli professional tennis players in the city.

 

View original Ynet publication at: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4381392,00.html

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