Friday, January 29, 2010

Jews leaving Malmo

According to this report, Jews are leaving Malmo, the third largest city in Sweden, because of threats and harrassment. About 700 hundred Jews currently reside there. Last year, there were 79 crimes against Jewish residents, a doubling of the 2008 level; in addition, some observers believe that other crimes go unreported. Jewish cemeteries and synagogues have repeatedly been defaced with anti-Semitic graffiti, and a chapel at a Jewish burial site was firebombed in January 2009.

A local Swedish politician blames local right-wing extremists; a Jewish community leader notes that much more hate speech emanates from the far left. In addition, he says, a 'very small segment' of the burgeoning Muslim community contributes to antisemitism. Indeed, two years ago, foreigners made up around 40% of the population of Malmo. (Thanks to Daily Alert.)

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