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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Malmo, Sweden: A dangerous place for Jews

Malmo, Sweden is a dangerous place to be a Jew these days. Tundra Tabloid reports that the rabbi of Malmo, Schneur Kesselman, notes that he hears 'Heil Hitler' and 'F***ing Jew' all the time now in Malmo. And that's the least of it.
Forget about the mythical unicorn of "Islamophobia", with more Muslims wanting to pour into Europe than ever before, the Organization of the Islamic Conference's habitual "cry of wolf", is falling on deaf ears. Jewish communities are being pressured in every quarter of Europe, save Finland, with Jews heading for greener pastures elsewhere as politicians choose to be more attentive to their larger Muslim constituency, at the expense of their smaller Jewish communities. That's the reality of it.
TT then quotes the following from the Sweden, Israel and the Jews blog.
One of those exposed to anti-Semitic hate crime is Rabbi Shneur Kesselman of the Malmö Jewish community. He states in an interview with Expressen on March 5th that “ever since I came here people have been shouting ‘f***ing Jew’ and ‘heil Hitler’ at me.”

What is worth noting about Rabbi Kesselman’s statement in Expressen is that out of the 65 incidents in 2009, according to the Skåne police, three of these incidents were directed at Kesselman. Yet according to Kesselman, 15 separate reports were filed concerning anti-Semitic hate crimes aimed towards him. The worst incident involved someone trying to run him over with a car. Apparently, the authorities have a different method for calculating these figures, as the full number of incidents does not appear in the Skåne police statistics.


The most common anti-Semitic hate crimes have been graffiti or engraved swastikas or Stars of David on buildings or cars but there have also been several arson attacks on Jewish sites in Helsingborg as well as Malmö Jewish community.

According to Expressen, some of the most serious anti-Semitic hate crimes occurred in Northwest Skåne where a family from Helsingborg was threatened with death and a man later tried to run their car off the road. In another northern Skåne town a man is suspected of etching a swastika into the hand of another person with sulphuric acid.
Read the whole thing.

Hey folks - it's time to come home.


At 6:55 PM, Blogger nomatter said...

Maybe some of our fair weather friends in high places will speak out!


Who in high places speaks of antisemitism? Worse, who in high places speaks of the virulent antisemitism in the Arab/Islamic world? When was the last time we heard a US president expose the culture of death so prevalent in Palestinian society except to whitewash it by saying, only a few with to hijack peace?

...and the more those fair weather friends in high places continue the drum beat for the poor palestinians needing a viable, contiguous state, the more we are hated. We are now 9 years witness to what reaching out to the EU and UN has gotten us.

Carl, I agree, Israel is the home of every Jew and if they wish they can come home. Having said that, to run is to be defeated. Jews have been chased from their homes for centuries!!

If one Jew runs away it emboldens the antisemites who squarely are responsible for our pain.

We must defeat antisemitism by exposing it no matter what it takes. To have a Jewish free Europe would be dance on the graves of our ancestors. Is that what they died for?

At 7:17 PM, Blogger Carl in Jerusalem said...


Do you have kids?

Would you want your kids growing up in that kind of environment?

And for what? Is Sweden our land?

I'd be out of there as quickly as possible.

At 7:46 PM, Blogger nomatter said...

Carl. Yes I have children.
I am a fourth generation Jew who has lived through antisemitism.

My family was driven from Eastern Europe following annihilation and programs and more annihilation.

They came to America and suffered extreme antisemitism on all fronts.
A few came to Israel in the early days and were murdered by Arabs!

My American family did not run or escape nor did they assimilate out of Judaism.
Many years later some left America and came to Israel but not because they had to.

Tell you the truth, the worst climate of all is in Israel right now as innocent Israelis sit in the gunsight of Iran while the entire world does nothing.

Should you run?

The worst climate of all is where you sit as world leaders continue to fan the flames of antisemitism.

Should you run??

No, Sweden is not my land but it is the land of those who lived there for countless decades! For those who spent their lives there it is their land!
We have an obligation to see each Jew is safe no matter where they live!

If we run, we lose.

In the heat of antisemitism, everywhere in the world is a bad place for our children right now.

At 8:06 PM, Blogger Carl in Jerusalem said...


Jews may have lived in Sweden for generations, but is not, never was and never will be their land. There's only one place in the world that's our land. And that's the only place from which we should not run if we are in danger (God forbid).

At 9:28 PM, Blogger Daniel said...

For the life of me i never understood why Jewish orgs let the Swedes get off scot free.
Hitler bartered gold pulled from death campers teeth for swedish iron ore and ball bearings.

At 11:51 PM, Blogger Carl in Jerusalem said...


Two words: Raoul Wallenberg. If you never heard that name, look him up. He was a Swedish diplomat who was a righteous gentile who saved hundreds of Jews and then 'disappeared' in the Soviet Union. I believe that it's because of him that Sweden got off scot free.

At 2:43 AM, Blogger yzernik said...

US concerned over discrimination against Muslims in Europe

At 2:47 AM, Blogger Daniel said...

Of course I've heard of him. Does that mean that one individual erases the crime of a war profiteering nation?

At 2:57 AM, Blogger Carl in Jerusalem said...


It was a pass in the war's immediate aftermath. Much harder to raise that sort of thing later on when you knew about it all along.

At 4:50 AM, Blogger Daniel said...

We went after the Swiss a long time after the war


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