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Malmö mayor says unaware of level of attacks on Jews
Fred Kahn, Ilmar Reepalu, Fredrik Sieradzki

Malmö mayor says unaware of level of attacks on Jews

Published: 26 Feb 2010 09:57 GMT+01:00
Updated: 26 Feb 2010 09:57 GMT+01:00

Reepalu, who has found himself at the heart of a controversy over comments apparently apportioning blame for an escalation of anti-Semitic harassment in Malmö on Jews themselves, met with community leaders Fred Kahn and Fredrik Sieradzki on Thursday afternoon.

"Serious words have been said. But we had a constructive discussion and could be straight with each other," Fred Kahn said after the 90 minute meeting.

The trio agreed to pose for photos after their meeting.

But Reepalu continued to claim that his comments had been misrepresented by the media, and local newspaper Skånska Dagbladet was barred from attending a press conference at Malmö City Hall after Thursday's meeting.

"I agree that the way some of my comments have been described in the media has been very unfortunate," Ilmar Reepalu said regarding criticism from party leader Mona Sahlin.

The Local reported on Thursday that Social Democrat Party leader Mona Sahlin had instructed Reepalu to open a dialogue with the Jewish community.

Skånska Dagbladet has responded to its press conference snub and continued criticism from Reepalu by granting full public access to all material pertaining to their interview with the mayor.

It was in an interview with "Skånskan" that Reepalu first made a link between Zionism and anti-Semitism and stated that Malmö Jews should take a clear stand against Israeli policy in Gaza.

The newspaper has now published on its website the full tapes of its interview with Ilmar Reepalu, as well as all the texts published in its article series on threats and harassment faced by Malmö Jews, and the exchange of emails between the newspaper and the mayor's office.

The newspaper writes that Reepalu was given the chance to view his comments and did not require that any part of the interview be removed or changed. He in fact added further comments, some of which were published in the newspaper's articles.

Comments approved by the mayor include the argument that Jews in Malmö share the responsibility for how they are perceived:

"Imagine if the Jewish community in Malmö, in the same way as a large number of Israelis in Jerusalem, took a stand against the breaches of human rights which the state of Israeli subjected the civilian population in Gaza to. Imagine the effect it would have! Instead they hold a demonstration on Stortorget, which can send the wrong signals."

When asked whether he had considered taking a public stand against anti-Semitism Reepalu appeared to equate the situation with Zionism.

"We accept neither Zionism nor anti-Semitism or other forms of ethnic discrimination," Malmö's mayor for the past 15 years said.

The southern Swedish newspaper also links to a Sveriges Radio interview with Reepalu as well as the text of an article detailing an interview with the Malmö mayor by the British Sunday Telegraph.

In the article Reepalu was quoted as saying:

"There haven't been any attacks on Jewish people, and if Jews from the city want to move to Israel that is not a matter for Malmo."

After yesterday's meeting, Reepalu explained that he had hitherto been insufficiently informed about the vulnerable situation faced by Jews in Malmö. He has now been presented with facts from both the police and the community's own security personnel. The mayor now states that he is ready to act, via the newly formed Dialogue Forum, to ease tension between the city's plethora of ethnic groups.

"Hate crimes have to be taken seriously," he said.

In a letter to all council departments, Reepalu urged vigilance for signs of anti-Semitism or racism.

"It is a question of confronting attitudes, often based on prejudice," said Björn Lagerbäck at the dialogue forum.

Kahn and Sieradzki greeteded the initiative with cautious optimism.

"This is the start of a process. We shall see where it leads."

The Local has made attempts to call Ilmar Reepalu on Friday but was told that the Mayor was unavailable.

Related links:

TT/Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

Your comments about this article

12:30 February 26, 2010 by krrodman
Reepalu, here is a basic civics lesson for you that is a core tenet of every democracy in the world:

All citizens deserve equal protection under the law.

It does not matter if you are a Muslim who supports the Taliban.

It does not matter if you are a Jew who supports Israel.

It does not matter if you are a Swede who supports Nazis.

Reepalu is a classic racist.
12:44 February 26, 2010 by Kevin Harris
Mr Reepalu failed in his fundamental duty as mayor to protect all his constituents, not only those who he sympathises with. His suggestion that he was not informed of the intimidation against Malmö Jews is disingenuous. I read about it here weeks ago. He has clearly become confused between his opinion of the State of Israel and the well-being of a religious community living in his city. I have not read all the material published by Skånska Dagbladet to support the facts of their story, but if anyone, other that Mr Reepalu, feels he has been misquoted I am sure we will hear about it soon. His breach of duty is now an international news story that has bought shame on him, his party, Malmö and Sweden. Mona Sahlin know this, which is why she has instructed Mr Reepalu to limit the damage as much as he can. We all make mistakes from time to time, but a senior politician who appears to condone violence and prejudice against any of his constituents is unfit for office. Time to go Mr Reepalu.
13:17 February 26, 2010 by calebian22
T-bone,

Of course you don't see it as a problem. You're kind never does.
14:07 February 26, 2010 by Kevin Harris
But Trowbridge, he did influence how the Malmö police dealt with the persecution of Jews in his city. He said they deserved it, and he said that not just to the police, but to the perpetrators too. He condoned it, when he should have condemned it. And then he lied and said he didn't know about it.
14:19 February 26, 2010 by krrodman
@throwbridge

Do you not see the danger here? The Mayor of Malmo, the third largest city in Sweden, publicly condones violence ("they have brought this on themselves because of their Zionist beliefs") against a small group of citizens. What crime has been committed by the Jews of Malmo? Freedom of Thought? Freedom of Speech? Freedom of Expression? When did it become a crime to be a Zionist? In a democratic society these freedoms are to be celebrated, not suppressed with violence.

Reepalu is a racist.
15:45 February 26, 2010 by rubybennaim@yahoo.com
It is plain and simple. There are Jews who were either born in Sweden or migrated there. Let us not even talk about them as Jews, let us talk about them as human beings who deserve to be protected and respected, just as the Muslims and Christians need to. For all we know these Jews do not even care about the policies that Israel creates and implements. But the sad reality is they are branded because of their religion.

These human beings just want to live in peace, let them be.
15:46 February 26, 2010 by Uncle
Fordie - why then you do not support kicking the arse of all the muslims who support Sudan, or Yemen, or the killing of Kurds, or the killing of Somalians? Eh?

Let's attack random muslims on the street because SOMEONE ELSE has certain politics?

you are an idiot. Like medication idiot, as I mentioned before.

Violent muslims attack Jews who wear yamaka on the streets. Because the MAY support Israeli politics.

Whereas waves of thousands who walked with flags of Hezbollah on the streets of Sweden and masks on their faces are just fine!

Let me attack every Turk on the streets of Stockholm because I disagree with their Kurd treatment or Cyprus politics! Let's get to a position of power and support physically beating up every idiot with assumptions of conspiracies on every corner - beacause he may support political views that I disagree with, you imbecile!
15:55 February 26, 2010 by krrodman
@Throwbridge

No doubt that Reepalu is a scum-sucking politician in search of votes.

That said, it is disingenuous to claim that the Mayor of a city and the actions of the police are completely disconnected. Malmo has a mayor who preaches that the Jews have brought the violence upon themselves, and in turn the police have done little to protect the Jews. How do you think the police would have reacted if the Mayor had preached that violence of all kinds is unacceptable, and then stood are-in-arm with the Jews of Malmo? Do you really believe that the police would have allowed the violence to continue?

Reepalu is a scum-sucking politician and a racist.
16:38 February 26, 2010 by krrodman
@trowbridge

Were the Jewish demonstrations legal? If so, are the Jews not entitled to police protection?

Trowbridge, do you not believe in freedom of speech?

In the USA, Nazi organizations stage protests and marches, primarily in Jewish areas around Chicago. They are protected by the ACLU as well as the police. They have the right to express their opinions freely without risk of harm or intimidation. Do not the Jews of Malmo deserve the same measure of protection?
17:51 February 26, 2010 by krrodman
@Trowbridge

If I understand you correctly, you renounce violence against all Jews, even Zionists.
18:13 February 26, 2010 by Göran Eklund
Who made him a mayor, why not Lord Mayor of Malmö?
18:44 February 26, 2010 by Lukestar1991
This man has clearly been threatened
19:13 February 26, 2010 by Nordic Prince
Every human being deserves security and respect regardless the cultural/philosophical/religious backgrounds.

However, Israel is doing horrible things for poor Palestinians, I believe that any person has heart can't accept to see kids getting killed in Gaza. That is totally unfair to humanity.

Most recently, the Mossad (Intelligence of Israel) has killed a Palestinian person in Dubai, and used European passports. What kind of respect is that???
19:54 February 26, 2010 by krrodman
@Nordic Prince

Two thoughts:

First, the actions of Israel have nothing whatsoever to do with Swedish citizens who happen to be Jewish.

Second, at an international level spy v spy is a very dangerous and deadly game. In the very same week that the Mossad(allegedly) killed a Palestinian(terrorist?), an Iranian military plane forced down a civilian Kyrgyzstani airplane and removed Abdol Malek Rigi, the head of the Jund Allah, a separatist Iranian group. I am sure that the Iranians consider him a terrorist. And, I am sure at this very moment he is being treated to the very best torture that the current Iranian regime has to offer.
20:28 February 26, 2010 by vladd777
If Egypt and Jordan would dare to open their borders things would be alot different in Gaza.

...This refugee's testimony is yet another example of how Palestinian leaders, writers and refugees themselves have begun to speak out in recent years and openly blame the Arab leadership for the creation of the Arab refugee problem. Mufid describes a large departure to Lebanon from Israel, which led to the creation of "11 or 15 refugee camps." He does not place the blame on Israel. As Palestinian Media Watch has previously reported, other recent Palestinian accounts likewise describe a deliberate exit from Israel under orders by Arab leaders, which contradicts the Palestinian leadership's charge that the hundreds of thousands of Arabs who left in 1948 were expelled by Israel...

http://palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=157&doc_id=1646
20:48 February 26, 2010 by Nordic Prince
@krrodman

First of all, I have no idea how did you concludes that I meant anything about Swedish Jews. re-read my comment again and think twice before you troll.
21:10 February 26, 2010 by JoeSwede
Swedish Jews deserve to live anywhere in Sweden regardless of what is occuring in the Middle East. I am amazed and ashamed at the beavior shown by the mayor. I guess we'll get more of this as Sweden gets more and more influenced by the recent immigrants. Back twenty or thirty years ago, Swedish retorhic was poor (due to anti-Americanism) but now they are following it up with true action. Can someone be so blind?
21:30 February 26, 2010 by Iraniboy
Finally it doesn't conclude if any attack on Jews is conducted or not.

Unfortunately most people can't distinguish between Jews, Israelis and Zionists. Zionists and Israelis are not bothered any way because they can take the advantage of interpreting anything anti-Israel and anti-Zionist as anti Semis racism. So-called Muslim extremists and neo-Nazis are not bothered either because they can attack Jews under the name of fighting with Zionists and Israelis!! It seems a win situation for extremists in all sided and a loss for other majority.
21:34 February 26, 2010 by sebseb
"Imagine if the Jewish community in Malmö, in the same way as a large number of Israelis in Jerusalem, took a stand against the breaches of human rights which the state of Israeli subjected the civilian population in Gaza to. Imagine the effect it would have! Instead they hold a demonstration on Stortorget, which can send the wrong signals."

I agree 100% with this.

I have a comparison. First, I must say that I don't agree with the violence, any kind, whatever it is towards jews, christians or muslims. Furthermore, I am also against insults, name callings, wich is to me violence as much as physical harrasment.

Having said that, here is my comparison.

We know that hundreds of jews from Malmo went demonstrating in favor of Israel invasion of Lebanon. We also know that:

- They are lot of muslims in Malmo, probably Palestinians and Leannesses

- We know that, around the world, the public opinion was quite against the invasion made by Israel

-We know that there have been tensions in Malmo before

So, I agree with the Mayor when he states "Instead they hold a demonstration on Stortorget, which can send the wrong signals."

So, now the hundred of Jews are doing PR, (some would call it "Zionist PR, which is ok) by crying like babies and trying to make Sweden all racist. Sincerely, I don't think they are helping their cause. Swedes are not Stupid. In fact, what the Mayor said is probably the opinion not only of most of Sweden, but the rest of the world. People have had enough of the victimization and the crying to mommy.

Ok, here is my comparison. Imagine a town in Texas where the, lets say, the 20 000 inhabitants are openly homophobic. SO, hundred of gays decide to go in that town, dressed as Borat and dancing on "Dancing Queen" waving the rainbow flag and showing signs that say "Gay is the new manly".

Then, a couple of people from that town start throwing eggs at the gays and call them "fagget" and "Cock sucker".

I do not agree with the eggs throwing neither the name calling. Still, I can openly say that the hundred gays looked for trouble. Following that, the hundred gays complain to the media in Canada and tell that they will all have to immigrate in Canada because Americans are homophobic.

I am not against demonstrating and the right to freedom, etc, but there are some limits.

I conclude: the hundreds jews that cry like babies looked for trouble, they made trouble, they worsened the tensions in Malmo and are now trying to make Swedes feel bad and feel guilt.

But the Jews will realize that the guilt coming from Hitler and his collabos is diminishing day after day. This means they will have to stop using stratagems and the zionist PR to justified their illegal wars and inhumane colonization in Gaza.
22:03 February 26, 2010 by spy
Understandably many jews are more than a little touchy and feel easily persecuted but as recent history has shown they have, at times, been the persecutors themselves - in the same way children who are bullied often become bullies themselves.

Either way the Mayor better watch out or he could find himself being hunted down by dodgy fellows with stolen passports.
22:11 February 26, 2010 by krrodman
@sebseb

The critical issue here is not whether Israel is right or wrong. That is a debate for another time and place. The issue here is the protection of a core tenet of every democratic country: the right of a group of people to congregate and express their opinions(right or wrong) free from intimidation and violence.

The purpose of these freedoms is to protect minorities from the tyranny of the majority. The shame of Reepalu is that he didn't protect democracy, but instead pandered to the mob.
22:13 February 26, 2010 by sebseb
rubybennaim@yahoo.com wrote:

"For all we know these Jews do not even care about the policies that Israel creates and implements. But the sad reality is they are branded because of their religion."

But the hundreds of human beings who demonstrated back in January 2009 do care about the policies of Israel, and it happens that they are Jews.

This is roots of the huge tensions that we are witnessing. The Mayor of Malmo is correct to associate them as Zionists. They are!

"Either way the Mayor better watch out or he could find himself being hunted down by dodgy fellows with stolen passports."

Yeah, this is what terrorist zionists do. When does the USA take the decision to put the Zionists on the terrorist list? When they realize that the Zionist use the USA as their bitche.
23:52 February 26, 2010 by ajs42548
If the Mayor of New York City or any American city ever claimed that he was ignorant of attacks by one ethnic group against another on a continuing basis, he would be forced to resign. It is his job to know what's going on in his city. If the mayor doesn't know then who should?
23:54 February 26, 2010 by Iraniboy
Obviously this problem is not limited to Sweden and is even worse in other countries. Legislation of intolerance among people by propaganda, false and exaggerated news combined with low level of education results in these problems.

http://www.france24.com/en/node/4937678
23:55 February 26, 2010 by Stephen Gash
Jews were invited to the SIOE demonstration in Harrow, London on 13th December to describe the anti-Israel bias and the anti-Jewish attacks, predominantly by Muslims now haapening across Europe. The Jewish Chronicle and Jewish CST wrote defamatory articles about SIOE.

The kind of anti-Jewish rhetoric and reporting in the media might lessen if Jews actually started to recognise who their friends are. Mutual support will help to win out in the end.
00:02 February 27, 2010 by Greg in Canada
"he has not been sufficiently well informed about the vulnerable situation"

It's nice to have a mayor that's so clued in to what is happening in his own town.
00:13 February 27, 2010 by totyis
@sebseb on 24

hehe, so you are convinced that "homophobic" means fear of homosexuals. Or maybe You would make a more appropriate comparison bringing in discussion the Wootton Bassett. Google it.

Then everybody is commenting about Jews, or Muslims. A citizen is first a person who has a name like Itzak, Gulderstein, Einstein or Ibrahim or Mustafa. Shortly my point is f..c all religions, ban them all. They bring only more fuel on to fire.
00:46 February 27, 2010 by sebseb
Totyis,

hehe! You are a smart guy: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/onthefrontline/6931015/Wootton-Bassett-march-Gordon-Brown-warns-it-would-be-completely-inappropriate.html

Yes, you got my idea. I don't know if they finally march in that small town, but let's say they did and some drunk horny British countrymen throw eggs at them (they missed most of them, still, the wanting was there) and call them Muslim rats (some said "Muslim cats, still, who want to be call pussies?) Then the muslim demonstrators start crying and call the media and say "we will have to move in Saudi Arabia" because Wootton Bassett and the entire UK are full of anti-muslims.

I am neither Jewish or Muslim, just a white chap who wants to drink some beers, and all those stories about religion are a pain in my ass, everybody asses. 20 years ago, no one had heard of zionism. Now, they have been unveiled.

Anyway, it is always a pure delice to come on The Local ans read the Zionist comments, like krrodman's. I have respect for him, he believes strongly in Zionism, he knows what is Zionism and he is a Zionist. For the non Zionist, when you have time, go read comments on the Jerusalem post, and you will find quite crazy Zionists that will make you forget that the bad guys are with Al Qiada.
02:03 February 27, 2010 by nojizyatax
The Jews (15 millions worldwide) are harasses and violated the world over by Muslims (1.5 billion) and blame Israel for all of the Middle East's problems even though they out number them 100 to 1. And once again, the cowards in Europe, appeasers to the bitter end, are allowing Jews to be abused by the most bigoted, racist, intolerant religion in the world - ISLAM. I thought you would have learned your lessons from Hitler. Sometimes you have to meat intolerance head on with direct and decisive action. You can not be tolerant of intolerance. ISLAM is a cancer and it will engulf the cradle of Western civilization if you don't get your heads out of the sand.
03:53 February 27, 2010 by KipHamilton
Jew does not equal Israeli. Jew does not equal Zionist. The fact is, the term "Zionist" has come to replace "Jew" in anti- Jewish fascist rhetoric. It is obvious to me that many of you commenting here don't like Jews very much. After the history of Europe in the 20th century, all I can say is shame on you, shame on Reepalu, shame on Europe, shame on Malmo and shame on Sweden. Jews- the handwriting is on the wall as it was in Germany in the 1930's. You would probably be wise to leave for a more enlightened place on this earth.
04:54 February 27, 2010 by dsc
Worth repeating:

"And once again, the cowards in Europe, appeasers to the bitter end, are allowing Jews to be abused by the most bigoted, racist, intolerant religion in the world - ISLAM. I thought you would have learned your lessons from Hitler. Sometimes you have to meat intolerance head on with direct and decisive action. You can not be tolerant of intolerance. ISLAM is a cancer and it will engulf the cradle of Western civilization if you don't get your heads out of the sand."
08:23 February 27, 2010 by Kevin Harris
An absurdly moustached politician blames international problems on his local Jewish community. Synagogues burn, Jewish cemeteries are desecrated; Jews are assaulted in the streets and driven from their city. The moustached politician condones the violence and is cheered on by his supporters. Welcome to the fine city of Malmö in 2010.

Well done pro Reepalu posters here, you have played your part in perfectly reconstructing the early days of the most obnoxious regime in the history of the world. Keep it up and you'll be invading Poland by Tuesday.
09:59 February 27, 2010 by Iraniboy
Bla bla ...once again rush of Israeli posters who are redirected from Zionist's mass call out websites to spam forums.

@dsc and his ilk

The comment you found worth repeating is very strange! Because racism is clearly condemned in Muslim's book. It shows the ignorance of the person who believe in that comment. It's like saying Christians don't believe in God!! Now you can keep repeating lies but you can't make a lie true by repeating it several times. Go back home and relax because I'm sure any religion or moral code you believe, doesn't accept lying!
10:39 February 27, 2010 by Marc the Texan
How can a man who is so poorly informed and insensitive toward a minority be reelected?

His initial comments citing the politics of Israel are inexcusable. He should resign the office of Mayor. He's too out of touch to serve his constituency.
13:17 February 27, 2010 by krrodman
The blog has turned into a commentary on Israel/Palestine/Muslims/Jews, but Reepalu great failure here is that he failed to defend core democratic principles.

The right to assemble and protest without interference or intimidation is one of the core rights of a democracy. It separates the democracies of the west from every totalitarian regime and theocracy in the world. For comparison just think about how the government of Iran is dealing with internal protest.

And the key point here is that it does not matter if the protesters are right or wrong. It does not matter if they are Jews and support Israel. It does not matter if they are Muslim and support the Taliban. And, most importantly, it does not matter if the government in power likes it or does not like it. It is the responsibility of the government to protect the protesters from harm, and allow lawful assembly.

The fact that Reepalu hates Israel's position toward the Palestinians in Gaza is IRRELEVANT. The fact that the Jews marched in support of Israel is IRRELEVANT. As the Mayor of Malmo it is his responsibility to uphold the law and defend the core principles of democracy.

Reepalu has failed in his primary responsibility as an elected official in a democracy. He is an embarrassment. He needs to go.
13:49 February 27, 2010 by here for the summer
This is shameful and a bad reflection of Sweden and everything Sweden has stood for. I have always told my children to be proud of their Swedish heritage and it's tradition of equality and fairness. This is racism at it's worst. Condoning violence against a minority based upon their religion.
14:48 February 27, 2010 by arabianlord
I am a Palestine and i am not 100% of the conflict in Gaza but to be honest with you, my fellow Muslim brothers and religion are the cause of the conflicts there, Swedes are afraid of any terrorist attack, war because they are cowards and cold blooded NAZISM that's why they intend supporting and granting us advantage in all our endeavors in Sweden....

I am also 1000% sure and trust my MUSLIM community as egrets, ungrateful and naturally violent breeds to attack and dominate Sweden soon when we have had our concepts in place.

Despite the fact that they are afraid could that have led to their failure even to the office of the Duped-up Mal mo MAYOR and Swedish Police to protect their CITIZENS that they term Jewish, Zionist? to hell Sweden and the mayor that has publicly brought out their hidden agenda.......

I just got my Citizenship as an Asylum seeker with Good intention but there are millions of us (Muslims) here that are sent out to get strategy on how to turn it to an Islamic State and pay back its citizens the lives that has been lost for their sake in Muslim countries.......
15:33 February 27, 2010 by Nordic Prince
@arabianlord

"I am a Palestine" - are you the land of Palestine or what is the story? If yes then, Israeli believe that you belong to them :)

Come down, you guys are the poorest on this planet and getting killed like chicken. As a matter of fact we love you not just feel sorry for you
15:52 February 27, 2010 by sebseb
There are about 400 000 ethnic muslims in Sweden, and among them you find a minority who are "extremist" and a lot of them have no problem in integrating Swedish values.

Sweden is far from being an "Arabialand".

You have much much more ethnic muslims in Canada.

"Over the past 12 months, there have been more than 300 anti-Semitic incidents in Canada, or nearly one every day. Four synagogues have been the targets of arson attacks, Jewish day schools have received bomb threats, and there have been numerous property crimes and hate propaganda directed against Jews and their institutions. The most serious incident occurred in July, when David Rosenzweig, an Orthodox Jew, was murdered outside a kosher restaurant in Toronto by a neo-Nazi skinhead.

Jewish students on Canadian campuses have also been particularly hard-hit, with a string of anti-Israel and anti-Semitic incidents. Take, for example, Montreal's Concordia University. In September, a riot broke out at the school forcing the cancellation of a speech by former Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. During the melee, a Holocaust survivor was physically assaulted and kicked in the groin." http://www.aish.com/jw/s/48890717.html

So, Canada is much much more antisemite than Sweden. So, why the Zionists are aiming at Sweden? Guess what, the Zionists did not like the fact that Sweden rewarded Goldstone and dind't like the fact that Reinfeld cancelled a visit to Israel when Israel was crying because Sweden would not close down the Aftonbladet.

The Zionist attitude is creating antisemitism, that's the bottom line. I am not and will never be antisemite, but I know that uneducated people can't make the difference between zionism and the jews who just want peace and are peaceful.
17:12 February 27, 2010 by Iraniboy
@arabianlord and Nordic Prince

Are you sure you are two different persons?! ;)
18:12 February 27, 2010 by calebian22
I love Zion.
18:15 February 27, 2010 by israeli
this mayor must resign at once. when a mayor neglects its duties to his poeple because of his/hers personal political agenda while not allowing them their own freedom of speech i recall other dark ages in not so far times.

just another proof of the deterioration of sweden as a democracy.
18:26 February 27, 2010 by sebseb
israeli,

mind your own business. When Mossad use fake passports to kill people who have different view on Israel, I do not think that we can call it "allowing them their own freedom of speech".

Israel doesn't live in the dark age, but 3000 years ago.

So, what is your point?

Malmo mayor has the right to its opinion. You talk like if a Jew was killed n Mamo. No one was killed, no one ever needed hospital care, whatsoever.

The Mayor doesn't need to stop sleeping because hundred zionists looked for trouble by demonstrating in favor of Israel illegal invasion of Lebanon while children were killed under the Israeli army.

Cry baby, cry, but mama won't come to sign you another lullaby. Mama has sung to you a lot since 1948, but now mama wants to sleep.
18:56 February 27, 2010 by israeli
sebseb

you have a lot to learn about freedon of speech and correct behaviour of mayors.

jews have the right to protest and demonstrate in favour of whatever they think is just and right. including what they think are legitimate acts of self defence.

if you want to be proud of your country, if sweden is indeed your country at all, you should let minorities say freely what they think even if you do not agree with them.

your comments towrads me are seen by me as part of the anti-democratic tendencies that are so wide spread in sweden today.

how can a country that regard itself a democracy allow intimidation of minorities only for saying what they feel and think?

in israel you could demonstrate against israeli policy as long as you are not violent. what good for is your arrogance and condensending attitude if you cannot have a country that you can be proud of?

read your newspapers and see what i mean. sweden is not a country to be proud of whatever you think.

israel is not perfect of course but at least we defend our democracy against its enemies. you ceased to do that .
04:57 February 28, 2010 by High Priestess Kang - Slut
Malmö mayor concedes ignorance on Jew attacks

For phuck's sake, I cannot get beyond the atrocious grammar in the headline to make my way to the article.

The Local - Sweden's News in Jibberish, indeed.

PS: The author should be lashed with a wet noodle. The editor, on the other hand, should have his hands removed to prevent further crimes against language.
05:13 February 28, 2010 by KipHamilton
So let me get this straight. The mayor of Malmo actually stated that the Jews of Malmo should be demonstrating against Israeli policy. So the Mayor thinks he has a right to dictate where his citizens should stand on political issues, and many of the commenters here agree with him. Swedes seem to think they are at the forefront of freedom and enlightenment in the world. In reality, they don't have a clue.
07:04 February 28, 2010 by Tom Dundee
for #1.

The Jews leave and you and the Moslems live happily ever after.

Just like the Sudan. 3 million killed since 1989 when the Moslem terr govt came to power.
10:31 February 28, 2010 by peropaco
Reepalu vehaviour is a classical one from most Swedes who are utterly terrified by the violence the muslim community could inflict on them. It is easier to attack the Swedish jews since they are a minority and in reality has nothing to do with anything taking place in the middle east. It boils down to plain fear. I work with a guy who carries a picture of nasrallah in is mobile; should I cause bodily harm to him for that? I think not. Most swedes are missinformed goats and they love to jump on the band wagon simple because one; they are afraid and two because they think is cool.
15:40 February 28, 2010 by Cornelius Hamelberg
Trowbridge H. Ford & CO

It's outrageous! It has to be said that that's what it is. Outrageous, this condonation & justification of and expressing of sympathy and understanding for "Hets mot folkgrupp" in this case incitement to threats and violent anti-Semitic hooliganism by His Worship the Mayor of Malmö would have been acceptable under the Nuremburg Laws but is not acceptable by current Swedish Law.

Today is Purim

Let's transpose the same scenario to let's say London or New York constituencies - Boris Johnson the Mayor of London saying such and not taking enormous flack - of course he is not politically inept and would certainly not come up with that kind of ignorance and nonsense. Ken Livingston the anti-Semite could not have got away with it either - and of course it's out of the question, Michael Bloomberg of New York saying such - that the Jews in America - New York, Florida, wherever in the Diaspora, were "asking for it" for standing behind Israel tidying up and putting a stop to the nonsense rocket fire issuing from Gaza that had been targeting residents in Sdereot without pause for eight years, getting them to run for cover upon hearing the 15 seconds warning siren…..?

This goes back to over a year ago:

http://www.israpundit.com/2008/?p=10855#more-10855

What is significant is that it's Mona Sahlin and not the overall authority in the land that's come up with helpful criticism and suggested a fruitful outcome through a dialogue of understanding - considering that the Muslims too are in some ways also in positions similar to that of the Jews - the Jewish positions under Nazi unfriendliness in Germany of the 1930s…..though the Swedish politicians of today are lining up to support the erection of yet another mosque in Rinkeby, fishing for the Muslim vote.

But in today's Sweden of 2010 - the Social Democrats who have traditionally - since Olof Palme times anyway been more supportive of the Palestinian cause and less so of the Israeli positions, has since Palme made some amends particularly under Göran Persson who introduced this:

http://www.google.com/#hl=en&q=Goran+Persson%3A+Tell+Ye+Your+Children&fp=c5aa4278f68e4a4

And now at least Mona Sahlin is showing some signs of being more even-handed and understands that the enormity of what happened cannot be trivialised….
16:00 February 28, 2010 by krrodman
@Sebseb

Me, a Zionist??? My friends would cry with laughter.

My singular concern is for civil liberties and constitutional democracy. My posts would have read exactly the same if the civil liberties of neo- Nazis were curtailed in Skokie, Illinois, or if Islamic students were denied the right to wear a birka to school. The rights apply to everyone equally, including Jews.

Minorities must always be protected from the tyranny of the majority.

"I may disagree with what you say, but I shall defend to the death your right to say it."

Voltaire
17:01 February 28, 2010 by dsc
By the streets of Malmo we sat and wept

When we remembered the old Skåne County

We hung our Nyckelharpa.

But there our new tomentoors asked us for songs,

Our tormentors demanded songs of joy;

They said, "Sing us one of the songs of the Vikings!"
17:33 February 28, 2010 by Cornelius Hamelberg
By the Rivers of Babylon,

As Krrodman has been saying from Day One: We are all entitled to the full protection of the law.

It would be insurrection from the third force that is already amongst us. Insurrection from country to country and from coast to coast. Not that we can compare the operation in Gaza with the war on Terrorism launched by President George "Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists" W. Bush.

The Mayor's absolute logic is scary: so refugee Afghans in the lands that have soldiers decimating their civilian populations in Afghanistan (allegedly as tragic collateral damage) should be entitled to harass citizens of those countries in which they are refugees. Ditto the Pakistanis, Iraqis, etc etc. unto North Korea. And the two Million Iranians who live in California alone perhaps should be entitled to cut down a few trees should the US consign the glory of the Iranian Navy to the bottom of the Persian Gulf as the final burial ground after a week of allied bombing….

Whatever's said in Malmö reverberates through the airwaves:

http://www.google.com/intl/en/#num=100&hl=en&q=Ilmar+Reepalu+and+anti-Semitism

Yet, the Social Democrat strongman of Malmö is not yet as bad as Ken Livingstone:

http://www.google.com/#hl=en&q=Ken+Livingstone+the+anti-semite&fp=c5aa4278f68e4a4
17:40 February 28, 2010 by israeli
i realy do not understand with whom the swedish poeple want to remain on this earth.

it seems that they think they could remain an isolated "white" island surrounded by jihadist countries and will be a vasal country of iran and syria.

look at what certain left wing swedes consider as allies-

iran,syria,the palestinian authority,hammas's gazan dictatorship,egypt that any second can fall into the hands of the muslim brothers, lybia with its insane gadhaffi guy that declared 'jihad' agaisnt the swiss nation because they are not muslim enough, and the saudi nation which cut hands of thieves,

the question still remain do swedish left support bin laden's war against the west. i will not be surprised if some swedes find reasons to support terrorism against western targets ( as long as they are not swedish leftist establishments.

and who is the swedish left enemies? the jews who they helped the germans to exterminate 65 years ago, the americans who saved the world from the hands of the most horrible dicatator ever ( hitler i mean, do swedes learn abvout hin at school or is it now a non issue in sweden?).

everything is justified in order to get some quiet from islamic terror and buy some time.
18:29 February 28, 2010 by Cornelius Hamelberg
At least Göran Persson

was all for education:

http://www.google.com/search?num=100&hl=en&q=+G%C3%B6ran+Persson+%3ATell+Ye+your+children&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&oq=
22:34 February 28, 2010 by RobinHood
Would pro and anti zionists please stop spamming the same old boring propaganda on these forums as soon as a Local mentions the words Israel, Jew or Arab. Would The Local please open a special forum just for you? That way the rest of us can discuss the issues actually raised by the story above the forum; instead of having to scroll past the usual suspects spouting the usual propaganda at one another.

Please don't misunderstand me. The issues you constantly want to talk about (Zionism/Israel/Arabs/Jews/Islam, good or bad?), are very important. They are just not related to the story of the day. Especially this story. On behalf of all the people who only want to discuss the story above this forum, Go Away.
22:57 February 28, 2010 by krrodman
The guarantees of liberty are core tenets of western democracies. These principles are new, and probably somewhat strange, to recent immigrants to Sweden from the middle east. Reepalu had the opportunity to defend core western principles. He had the opportunity to stand with the Jews of Malmo and protect their right to free speech, even if he personally disagreed with their message. Instead, he pandered to the mob, and indicated that Swedes, who happen to be Jewish, were free to leave Sweden because he, the Mayor of Malmo, believes that Israel is wrong in its war with the Palestinians. His actions are not only shameful and racist, but profoundly damaging to anyone and everyone who believes in the cause of freedom.
02:26 March 1, 2010 by High Priestess Kang - Slut
@Robinhood...

If the pro/anti-Zionist brigade didn't read The Local, the hit count would drop to a ridiculous low and The Local would lose advertisers. After years of existence, The Local knows exactly what it is doing, rousing the rabble in such a fashion and hosting what is nothing less than hate speech at times.

It is reckless and irresponsible journalism.

As for my own feelings on this matter, I have concluded that The Local does have a bit of an anti-semitic undertone. How else would one explain this consistent douchebaggery?

One last word for the gallery o' peanuts: Not all Muslims are Arab terrorists. Not all Jews are Zionists. To paint each party with a broad sweep of a brush sullies any form of discrimination and hate crime, regardless of political leanings.

Perhaps, one day, the editorial staff of The Local will realize this and cease with the promotion of such vile thoughts. But given its complete inability to write a headline, my hopes are not high.
07:13 March 1, 2010 by Bergtussen
The funny thing is that Reepalu and his ilk actually help make the case for Israel and for Zionism. If the situation for Jews gets too bad in Malmö or in Sweden (or France or England or anywhere else), they can always go to Israel. That was the whole point of Israel and the origin of Zionism. That kind of security is exactly what European Jews didn't have prior to Israel. Now Jews are being attacked in one of the most enlightened part of Europe, and the establishment isn't doing anything to help. All kinds of excuses are made about why the Jews are bringing it on themselves. Always excuses. Yesterday it was one thing; today it is something else; tomorrow something new again.
16:57 March 2, 2010 by GefleFrequentFlyer
On the subjects of Jews, Israel and Zionism, Swedes show thier true colors, and they can't even help it. I'd like to say it's just them wearing blinders, which can be easily removed, but it's engrained into thier being, becoming almost instinct.

I'd like to say that the opinions of Reepalu are the exception, not the rule, but my experience and observations say otherwise.

So much for flying the flag of righteousness in the free world.
23:19 March 5, 2010 by Cornelius Hamelberg
R. Hood,

"They are just not related to the story of the day."?

Then what are they related to?

Please feel free to de-limit yourself; you don't need a permit from me or from R. Crumb for the simple resaon that it's a democracy in which even you are free to talk more sense or non-sense
20:10 July 3, 2010 by owldog
Jewish people should inform the state of Israel that what goes around comes around.

"Israel is not a secular state. Its citizens are afforded none of the gurarantees to equality and rights - and the freedom from religious interference in their personal lives - protected by the United States Constitution and also taken for granted in modern European societies.

"The ultimate distinction in Israel, however, is not the one among the various streams of Judaism, but rather the legally and politically structuring differentation between Jews and non-Jews. The rigid distinction between persons who are Jewish and persons who are not, defines the limits and possibilities of an individuals's personal and family life; it also provides the basic logic defining spaces and places in Israel and the occupied territories, articulating insides and outsides, how outsides can turn in, and insides can turn out."

"There are two different administrative and legal structures in place in the occupied territories: Jewish settlers are subject to Israeli CIVIL law, whereas the native Palestinians are subject to Israeli MILITARY law. Such forms of legalized discrimination are not restricted to the occupied territories; they are built directly into the political and institutional frameworks of Israel itself...."

Source: "Palestine Inside Out" by Saree Makdisi, p. 143, 150-151
00:36 October 15, 2010 by Sam1
This is Sweden extremist idiots should all be deported by Law wether Muslims Jews or christians.
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