France, Russia—now Sweden: anti-Semitism rears its ugly head again in Europe. Arutz Sheva reports that a Swedish man was beaten with iron pipes and chased through the streets of Malmö, the third largest city in the country, for hanging an Israeli flag out of his window.Malmö apparently has a nasty reputation when it comes to anti-Semitism:
Irish journalist Patrick Reilly made headlines in 2013 when he donned a yarmulke for a day in the southern Swedish city to test what it felt like to be a Jew there, and reported that the experience was “terrifying.”As quoted in an article by Swedish news source The Local, Reilly stated that his fear escalated with each passing minute.“Whether the threat was real or imagined the fear was genuine and that stemmed from what I was wearing on my head,” he noted. “As an Irish person abroad I’ve never felt remotely threatened but wearing the kippah for a few hours was enough to instill feelings of fear.”“Even when I didn’t feel afraid I was made to feel different and unwelcome.”
A Swedish crime prevention council claims that crimes motivated by anti-Semitism have tripled in the country since 2010. In Malmö, it’s worse. The city saw a 320 percent spike in 2011 alone, according to the same body. Indeed, anti-Semitism is resurgent across Europe, as Simon Rodan-Benzaquen and Daniel Schwammenthal write in the WSJ:
[…] Europe’s Jews […] face almost daily attacks—both verbal and physical. In France, home to Europe’s largest Jewish community of about 650,000, the situation is particularly severe, with 170 anti-Semitic acts reported by the Paris-based Jewish Community Protection Service (SPCJ) and the French Ministry of the Interior in the first trimester of 2014 alone. According to the French League of Human Rights, nearly 50% of all racist acts in France are anti-Semitic, even though Jews represent only 1% of the population.[…] anti-Semitism in Europe has taken new forms and comes from different segments of society. There is the extreme right with their traditional focus on race and Holocaust denial; the radical left, who seek to demonize Israel; and, as Mr. Valls hinted, there is a problem among some Muslim immigrants. Their motivation is little studied and thus little understood.
The oldest hatred is troubling persistent, not only in Europe, but as a recent survey showed, around the world.[This post has been edited.]