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The Oldest Hatred
Anti-Semitism on the Rise in Sweden

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.]

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  • זאב ברנזון

    a muslim kurd gets beaten for supporting israel so much for free speech and tolernce in europe

  • f1b0nacc1

    My wife (a Philadelphia WASP who wouldn’t be mistaken for a Jew by a blind man with a very stupid dog) spent six weeks in Malmo about a decade ago, and came back with horror stories about the town. Whole sections were ‘no-go’ for cops and firefighters, and the local ‘youths’ ran in packs. Of course she also pointed out the one factor that our host seems unwilling to discuss….the individuals responsible for this behavior were the muslim immigrants who had infested the city as a result of Sweden’s liberal immigration policies.
    Take a good long look at Europe and you will see the same dynamic at work. Certainly you can find a few skinheads and Aryan Nation wannabes, but the overwhelming majority of these incidents are the result of immigrants from the muslim world and the local goverments do nothing about it.

    • Andrew Allison

      The fact that the local governments do little or nothing about antisemitic hate crime is the issue. The rise in such crime reflects the fact that it’s not punished.

      • lukelea

        The Swedes find it difficult to acknowledge that their immigration policies are unwise.

        • Andrew Allison

          You’re right of course that the immigration policies are unwise. But the failure to prosecute antisemitic hate crimes is both antisemitic and hateful.

      • f1b0nacc1

        There is no question that you are correct here, but there is a difference between the shameful cowardice and denial on the part of the Swedes, and the evil and hate on the part of the muzzies

        • Andrew Allison

          That’s exactly the point I was trying to make.

    • mesquito

      Scandinavians, multiculturalists to a fault, are paralyzed when they encounter other cultures. They’d hate themselves for bringing the monsters to heel, much less deporting them.

  • Andrew Allison

    TF’s failure to dig a little deeper on this story is disappointing. As noted below, the victim was a Kurd, and based on the comments his fellow-Muslim attackers made, they knew this; and the flag had been in his window for a year. This appears to have been an Iraqi-on-Kurd hate crime. Not to excuse the antisemitism rampant in Europe, but the reporting in this case was shallow.

  • S.C. Schwarz

    This will only increase as European fertility collapses and Muslim immigration increases. I wonder which will be the first country in Europe to adopt Sharia law?

    • Andrew Allison

      Shamefully, it’s already been adopted in parts of the UK.

  • lukelea

    The missing word from the headline was immigrant. Same thing all over Western Europe.

    • Andrew Allison

      That depends upon whether we’re discussing the perps or the widespread failure to prosecute them.

  • ShadrachSmith

    Voldemort’s name shall not be spoken.

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