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JEWISH ANGER AT MALMÖ MAYOR
Obama's anti-Semitism expert to meet Reepalu

Obama's anti-Semitism expert to meet Reepalu

Published: 10 Apr 2012 10:43 GMT+02:00
Updated: 10 Apr 2012 10:43 GMT+02:00

“This is not something she has decided hastily. She has wanted to visit for a long time,” said Julia Janiec, chief of staff at the Malmö mayor’s office to local paper Sydsvenskan.

According to the paper, US president Barack Obama persuaded Rosenthal to take on the role as his representative in the fight against anti-Semitism in November.

Rosenthal, whose father was a survivor of the Buchenwald concentration camp, has already provoked the Israeli government on a number of occasions by pointing out the difference between anti-Semitism and justified criticism against the state of Israel.

Spokesperson for the US embassy in Stockholm, Chris Dunnett, told the paper that Rosenthal has been following events in Malmö for some time and wants to make sure that there are no politicians in the area that encourage anti-Semitism, discrimination, and racism.

While in Sweden, Rosenthal will also meet with representatives from organizations such as Malmö mot diskriminering ('Malmö against discrimination') and ECCAR – the European Coalition of Cities against Racism, to which Malmö belongs.

Björn Lagerbäck, who works with an initiative by the city to combat racism and intolerance, told Sydsvenskan that the Americans want to stay informed about what Malmö is doing to combat the problems in the area.

“Anti-Semitism has existed since the beginning of time. There is every reason to look at what is going on today. We are all responsible,” Lagerbäck told the paper.

Malmö mayor Reepalu has been likened by some observers to British ex-mayor Ken Livingstone for his habit to put his foot in his mouth.

His recent statements in right-leaning magazine NEO that the Jewish community in Malmö had been infiltrated by the Sweden Democrats ruffled a lot of feathers in Sweden and abroad.

Reepalu has recanted his comments completely and is making every effort to reconcile with the local Jewish community.

Israeli ambassador to Sweden, Benny Dagan, has noted his efforts but recently said that he is hoping to see more hands-on approach to sorting out the troubles in the area, according to Sydsvenskan.

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Your comments about this article

12:06 April 10, 2012 by libertarianism
Not matter good intentions, this is Sweden's problem to fix. Do Swedes not mind U.S. lectures on be nice to each other??
13:02 April 10, 2012 by gpafledthis
Ha Ha !! Open up-bend over-take your medicine !! Cackle-giggle-ho ho- wonderful stuff !!
13:33 April 10, 2012 by asee
unforgivable sin, you cannot speak against jews... we are living in free world.. free speech only against Muslims and Christians..
13:41 April 10, 2012 by flintis
@asee# which world do you live in? Speaking out against Muslims results in curses, death threats & anything else the 6th century can throw.
14:18 April 10, 2012 by slazenger
@flintis

isn it a same when Speaking out against Jews result back almost same results but in 21st century way ???
15:53 April 10, 2012 by Pakistani_Student
wow, oh man someone has taken those few remarks very seriously....
16:50 April 10, 2012 by millionmileman
This article is because of Obama! just in the past month we have seen him encourage the rage in the shooting in Florida, start a phony war against women and worse of all the vile hatred from his preacher of the last 20 years, just this past Easter/Passover weekend!

http://www.wtam.com/cc-common/news/sections/newsarticle.html?feed=104707&article=10015702

This is what fed the mind of one of the most devisive Presidents in US history.
18:29 April 10, 2012 by guliver
asee

you have the right to speak against everyone including the Jews but in the same time you have to defend your city fellows and not giving by your words as Mayor justification and incorgment to other people in the city to attack the Jews .and in the same way no other citizen
07:06 April 11, 2012 by saab
Who the hell is Rosenthal anyway? No first name given.

His/her first meeting should be with Obama, then Attorney General Eric Holder, then Reverends Wright, Jackson and Sharpton. Rosenthal can then double back to Obama, head to Turkey to visit their PM, on to the Muslim Brotherhood leaders in Egypt and so on. Reepalu is a jerk but Rosenthal has bigger fish to fry.

PS Did I mention Obama? Rosenthal should definitely visit with him
19:00 April 25, 2012 by Sven the banana
#6 Pakistani student

Do you think jews are sensitive!!!!!!!!! How many people were not killed by muslims for a simple CARTOON of prophet mohammed?
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