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'No excuse' for anti-Semitism: Obama envoy

'No excuse' for anti-Semitism: Obama envoy

Published: 26 Apr 2012 17:37 GMT+02:00
Updated: 26 Apr 2012 17:37 GMT+02:00

US president Barack Obama’s expert on anti-Semitism, Hannah Rosenthal, said during a press conference in Stockholm on Thursday that the brand of Sweden is at risk if leaders aren’t held accountable for their insensitive actions.

Rosenthal, the Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat anti-Semitism, had spent four days in Sweden "listening and learning" about the controversial treatment of the Jewish community in Malmö.

“I think when there are expressions of anti-Semitism or any other form of hatred; those responsible have to be held accountable, particularly when it’s a voice of somebody in a leadership position. When people say the wrong things, they have to be called out, they have to be condemned,” she said.

During her visit, she met with political heads, as well as community leaders from various religions, assessing the situation and the treatment of the Jewish community.

A key meeting was that with the embattled and controversial mayor of Malmö, Ilmar Reepalu, where his actions that sparked outrage in the Jewish community were discussed.

In this meeting, Rosenthal stressed that their discussion was frank, and that both parties walked away with differing opinions.

Reepalu’s recent statements in right-leaning magazine NEO that the Jewish community in Malmö had been infiltrated by the Sweden Democrats have ruffled feathers in Sweden and abroad. According to Reepalu, Rosenthal mentioned his gaffe in their conversation.

He told the Sydsvenskan newspaper on Wednesday that the pair had shared “a good conversation” however; Rosenthal was adamant that Reepalu’s anti-Semitic remarks were unacceptable.

“It’s not an issue of the media misinterpreting, there is no excuse for language that is anti-Semitic. I was able to explain to him how I was able to hear it as a Jewish leader and a diplomat, how I hear expressions to do with conspiracy theories or age old stereotypes about Jewish people, and this can’t be tolerated,” she said.

“Time will tell. We’ll see if it changes his language, if he is able to examine what he has done. I don’t think the Swedish government wants to see his words as a voice of Sweden.”

Rosenthal pointed out that Reepalu also needs to consider his own legacy, and whether he wants to be remembered for his anti-Semitic language.

However, she was keen to point out that the problems in Malmö don’t end with the mistreatment of the Jews, or the words of Reepalu.

“It’s not just about the Jews or the Roma or the Muslims experiencing hatred, nor is it about Malmö. It’s about Sweden. The Swedish people have a strong history of abhorring hatred, and the solution is to not just pass laws, but to enforce laws that hold people accountable,” she said.

During her visit Rosenthal also met with Erik Ullenhag, Sweden’s minister for integration, and responded positively to his promises.

“The minister of integration has acknowledged his responsibility and vowed to me that he looks forward to continuing the discussion and more importantly doing something.”

However, while she admits that Malmö’s problems may indeed be “world news” as claimed by Ullenhag to TT news agency on Thursday, she admits that Sweden’s world reputation means these issues are in the spotlight.

“The fact that I knew about this before I came here is an example of how people follow it around the world. I’m not saying that people hold Sweden to a different standard, but I think the world opinion of Sweden is pretty remarkable.

“The US, and the rest of the world that pays attention, thinks highly of what happens in Sweden, and this is why there has been a profound recognition of what’s going on in Malmö.”

“This calls for extraordinary attention and extraordinary solutions. The brand of Sweden is at risk when there are unanswered examples of intolerance.”

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18:37 April 26, 2012 by Prat
Thank you for your comments & complaints. Please go home. Leave this land in peace.
18:42 April 26, 2012 by bcterry
The truth is a bitch.
19:35 April 26, 2012 by motti
yes the truth is a bitch and it will hurt decent Swedes.
20:05 April 26, 2012 by bcterry
19:35 April 26, 2012 by motti

yes the truth is a bitch and it will hurt decent Swedes. "

So in order to protect decent Swedes, and i have no idea how they would be hurt by exposing this truth, better to cover it up and deny it, and just throw decent jews under the bus who have already been hurt, and will continue to be hurt until this matter is dealt with honestly.
20:22 April 26, 2012 by Swedishmyth
Good luck expecting less antisemitism in Sweden in the future.
20:42 April 26, 2012 by Iraniboy
Maybe she can go back to the US finding the man who killed an Iraqi woman in the US with a note on her body 'Go back home'!
21:31 April 26, 2012 by Rod Munch
Iraniboy- its starting to look more and more like it was her muslim cousin who killed jer. I wonder if u will keep pointing out that story after he is indeed proven to be the liller? And why no comment on the anti-semitism in malmo?
22:03 April 26, 2012 by Iraniboy
@Rod

Of course not! But I don't trust the media that hasn't even spoken about it and now is blaming in on her relatives!

I have already commented on this issue! A politician from a country with a track record of discrimination against its minorities cannot preach the one which stands on top! This is a fact!
22:14 April 26, 2012 by AnEye
Ok the fact is Majority of muslims consider jews illegal occupier of Palestine and hence hate jews but not all. Similarly, majority of Jews consider muslims a threat to their claim over territory which is expanding everyday and hence hate them but not all. Now call me islamophobe or anti-semit,

But the question is."who is she????" Some sort of head mistress of school coming out of nowhere to scold swedes. Saying "The Swedish people have a strong history of abhorring hatred". Does that stupid comment not qualify as "anti-swedism" or "swedophobia" or "racism" whatever this crap is in fashion. Above all coming from an American :D. As if they have history of love and harmony.
22:21 April 26, 2012 by bcterry
There isn't a country in existence that does not have "a track record of discrimination against minorities", therefore, there is no one in existence that can "preach the one on top".

Well that's it folks, Iraniboy settled this once and for all, case closed, we can all pack up our tents now and forget about this racist issue altogether.

This guy's logic never ceases to amaze me.
22:26 April 26, 2012 by gpafledthis
Ha Ha bend over sweedies !! The US has arrived with the "truth" even if we have to use a slowing acting suppository !!
22:36 April 26, 2012 by Iraniboy
Last week in Colorado in the US a Synagogue was vandalized on Hitler's birthday! Many American Muslims are mistreated beaten and they are defamed on mainstream media on daily basis! Now a representative from such a country has come to Sweden preach them on anti-semism?! This looks more of a joke!
22:49 April 26, 2012 by Greysuede
"The Swedish people have a strong history of abhorring hatred, and the solution is to not just pass laws, but to enforce laws that hold people accountable," she said.

"... but to enforce laws that hold people accountable,"

Is it what Joseph Stalin in USSR and Nazi In Germany were doing?

We say No !!!

Go and deliver your authoritarian lecture somewhere else in England And France !!!

Long live democracy in Sweden !!!
23:06 April 26, 2012 by RobinHood
How incredibly embarrassing for Sweden.

Mr Reinfeldt please issue a statement that the disgusting Mr Reepalu does not represent the true face of Sweden. Sadly, we cannot expect a similar statement from Mr Löfven ( Reepalu's party leader), Mr Löfven has given Reepalu his full support.

As for the electorate of Malmö, shame on you.
01:41 April 27, 2012 by nar klockan klamtar
"Brand Sweden is at risk" very well put actually, and a lot of decent unbiased people would agree with that statement.
02:35 April 27, 2012 by jimmyjames
Why don't the Swedish citizens insist that their politiicans adopt policies exactly the same as Israel : 1.)Sweden is a haven for ethnic/racial Swedes 2.) Only persons of Swedish ethnic/racial stock be allowed to hold citizenship. The Israelis constantly tell the world that Israel is a Jewish homeland. So the exact same is for Sweden; Sweden is a homeland for racial/ethnic Swedes just as it has been for the last several thousand years. If these positions are perfectly OK for Israel then they must be perfectly OK for Sweden and all the other European countries as well.

UNLESS, there has developed across the world a seperate set of rules that only Jewish people are allowed to utilize.
05:42 April 27, 2012 by calebian22
Jimmy,

You don't have to be Jewish to be a citizen in Israel. Around 20% of the population is Arab. However, saying no to more refugees in Sweden is something I agree with though.
05:58 April 27, 2012 by LordCthulhu
All glory to the Hypnotoad
07:57 April 27, 2012 by Uncle
jimmy

"The Israelis constantly tell the world that Israel is a Jewish homeland."

The muslims are calling their land as "islamic republic", so relax in regards to the "special treatment of Jews". Sweden is officially Christian, as is France and England and other countries, where sharia trials do not have power and multi-married people must divorce in order to enter.

Now, the only set of rules that Israel has is to defend itself and commitment to defend Jews all over the world, since obviously neither Spain, nor Sweden or Germany or Russia or Poland or France or Yemen or Tunisia or Marocco or Iraq or Lybia do and did it well enough.

Finally, Israel is related to antisemitism in Malmö EXACTLY as situation of christian Rwanda is related to the alcoholism problems in northern Gothenburg.

Or not at all.
08:36 April 27, 2012 by rise
""It's not just about the Jews or the Roma or the Muslims experiencing hatred, nor is it about Malmö. It's about Sweden. The Swedish people have a strong history of abhorring hatred, and the solution is to not just pass laws, but to enforce laws that hold people accountable," she said.

What about hatred against "Svenne" and the "Sweedies"? Completely OK, no problems whatsoever! Just keep on with the delivering of insults.
08:44 April 27, 2012 by towns
Hey, you know what? Hannah Rosenthal sort of looks like Mona Sahlin, the former leader of the Swedish Social Democrats!
09:17 April 27, 2012 by Frobobbles
It is still a fact that Reepalu hasn't said anything antisemitic.
09:54 April 27, 2012 by budaboy
@iraniboy #6

20:42 April 26, 2012 by Iraniboy

""Maybe she can go back to the US finding the man who killed an Iraqi woman in the US with a note on her body 'Go back home"'!

You truly are the master of distraction in subjects, aren't you hatemonger iraniboy?

The family went back to iraq to bury the victim of this so called hate crime and they haven't returned to States as of yet.

After a long investigation the evidence gathered by the FBI and local police forces indicates that this was indeed more likely to be a domestic

crime rather than anything else earlier suggested.

Cair and the MSM lost interest in this case and that pretty much says there is nothing left to milk out of this sad case in favor you guess who.

It is very doubtful that the family will return from Iraq and the reason isn't hard to imagine, but I don't make a judgment untill the real story comes out. (if ever)

If it turns out to be a domestic thing, than you could say that the muslim community has done nothing but damage to itself and grow more islamophobia among the people in the West.

By pulling the hate and racist card at lightning speed in an isolated case against a single muslim is nothing but a militant display of force against the friendly gullible western nations

where these muslims reside in.

I would call this at least bad PR for islamic people if nothing else. Don't draw conclusions untill you know the facts.

It could also being looked at as stepping up a notch in the jihad against those awful infidels mistreating millions of poor muslimes across the globe,

we take you in, house you, give you money, and give you a chance to a healthy new start and in return you bite the hand that feeds you, just not a good thing to do.
09:55 April 27, 2012 by johan rebel
Embarrassing for Sweden indeed, but most Swedes are far to smug to ever understand that.

If this foreign pressure is what it takes to get rid of Reepalu, then I all in favor.

Now, what will it take to get rid of that limp blimp Ullenhag?
10:10 April 27, 2012 by budaboy
@Iraniboy #12

22:36 April 26, 2012 by Iraniboy

""Last week in Colorado in the US a Synagogue was vandalized on Hitler's birthday! Many American Muslims are mistreated beaten and they are defamed on mainstream media on daily basis! Now a representative from such a country has come to Sweden preach them on anti-semism?! This looks more of a joke!""

Welcome to the mushroom club,

The media is feeding all of us horse sh%t and we are all kept in the dark for our own protection.

If I would know everything that goes on in this country or Europe for that matter,

I would be running for the border screaming to get out.

Churches are burnt down all over the world and do you hear anyone call out the word hate crime? nope..

If we blame it on muslimes it would be racism and it would mean more people have to die and so on.

Recently a 61 yr, old Swede was kicked into a coma by 7 young immigrants, did you hear hate crime? that's what I thought..

not to long ago, an elderly Swedish couple in their 70's was attacked by a 34 yr old immigrant outraged over the fact that the lady had used her car horn,

She was kicked to death in front of her handicap and helpless husband eyes and the poor old man was then brutally assaulted and left with serious injuries by the same perp, Hate crime anyone??

There is a lot more I could mention about violence against natives of this country and many other countries included.

muslimes don't like the truth and that's why there are anti islamic sites that do a day to day update about what really goes on out there,

I am sure you went on all of them yourself to drool over images and clips of the damage done by terrorist acts around the globe.

I go to those sites to see the many other sides of islam in addition to the one you constantly expose on TL.

Most people can tolerate any religion in their daily life but generally have fear of the ones that are trying to submit or kill you.

I will never surrender to anything I don't believe in, and too boot I am loyal to my country and it's people, my faith and culture.

Just a tough old patriot ready to take care of business, please call me a phobe of some kind because I have every right to be afraid about people like you iraniboy,

Show more smarts and less balls and you will find it a lot easier to get along with people.
10:41 April 27, 2012 by Lukestar1991
With all due respect, she can go and f*ck herself.

She or anyone in the US Establishment have any right to dictate the social and political agenda in Sweden.
10:53 April 27, 2012 by engagebrain
02:35 April 27, 2012 by jimmyjames wrote

'Why don't the Swedish citizens insist that their politiicans adopt policies exactly the same as Israel : 1.)Sweden is a haven for ethnic/racial Swedes 2.) Only persons of Swedish ethnic/racial stock be allowed to hold citizenship.'

But

20% of the population of Israel is Arab and holds Israeli citizenship - they participate in democratic elections, which is a bit of a novelty in the Middle East.

Israel also is the country in the Middle East in which an Arab is least likely to meet a violent death - compare Syria, Bahrain, Iraq, Egypt, Saudi

Israel is a haven for all the jews expelled from rest of the Middle East - quite lucky or a million people would otherwise be homeless and destitute.

Israel deserves some criticism but get your facts right.
11:02 April 27, 2012 by Kublai
What swedish media concistently "forgets" to mention is that it is their beloved muslims who are the perpetrators of all these hate crimes against jews (as well as against swedes). By bringing in islam to Sweden and Europe we have brought in a culture of hatred, violence and persecution. Churches all over the world are now being burnt down and christians being killed in increasingly great numbers, but do we ever hear that being called hate crimes?
11:14 April 27, 2012 by SimonDMontfort
The good thing about this article is that it indicates that fault lines in Swedish society are being recognised elsewhere - even if many are in denial
12:27 April 27, 2012 by cowboykodp
Iraniboy;

I like you but on the US issue, you could not be more off base.

If you want the truth about how the US treats Muslims and Jews, you should speak to your country mates who reside in the US.

Americans are not elitists like Europeans. The vast majority of Americans are kind and loving towards foreigners. Maybe thats because in the US no one gets help from the government. Unfortunately in many European countries, because of the government help, the citizens of the country somehow feel that they have the right to complain about the "ungrateful immigrant". Nonsense!!!

@budaboy;

Do you not follow world news? Do we not in the west bomb countries to smithereens? For what? OIL, national security, ????

This has been going on for 100 years.

Are people in the ME and Africa and Asia pist off? I should think so.

So if you want to bring up "situations", be a little more balanced.

Is it right to beat up old people? NO

Is it right to blow up innocents? NO

Is it right to bomb innocent people in the ME? NO

The mess we are in did not come about in the last 10 years.. genius!
12:53 April 27, 2012 by towns
"Americans are not elitists like Europeans. The vast majority of Americans are kind and loving towards foreigners. Maybe thats because in the US no one gets help from the government."

Or maybe it's because over 97% of Americans are themselves descendants of immigrants who arrived in the last few hundred years. Even if many people in the US census choose to identify themselves as "ethnic Americans" when they sure ain't Native American.

"My parents didn't move to America to see it overrun by immigrants!"
13:19 April 27, 2012 by Uncle
@cowboy

"Do you not follow world news? Do we not in the west bomb countries to smithereens? For what? OIL, national security, ????"

Oh, yeah, because attack on Afghanistan was totally unprovoked, since nothing happened just one September before and there is so MUCH oil in Afghanistan.

And Saddam did not get the attention of the US in the early 90's. Because Iraq did not invade no country then. And Iraq did not invade Iran for oil and national security. And Sudan does not murder hundreds of thousands, as Somalia did not have the largest military in Africa and did not invade it's neighbours. And 30 million Kurds are not napalmed by Iran/Iraq/Turkey. And million dead in Iraq are due to evil bombing of US and not daily explosions in markets and on the streets of sunnis and shia.

It is all the evil west on which peaceful nations of the ME and Africa are rightfully pissed off. Therefore it is the WEST fault that churches are burning and christians are running away or being killed.
13:34 April 27, 2012 by k2kats
Discrimination and racism are not acceptable in any country.

Before reading Comments at The Local, I believed that most Swedes would agree.

Now, I don't know what to think... other than pity people who are so scared of cultural and individual differences that they stoop to constantly trying to incite discriminatory behaviour.
14:03 April 27, 2012 by cowboykodp
"Oh, yeah, because attack on Afghanistan was totally unprovoked, since nothing happened just one September before and there is so MUCH oil in Afghanistan."

Just as I told your buddy @budaboy, world history is not 10 or 15 years old. Not surprised by your ignorance though.

Afghanistan...lets see.. Bin Laden trained by my CIA to fight the Russians. The Russians wanted to take over Afghanistan to better control Iran and its oil. After the Russians were defeated, we left Afghanistan in ruins and Bin Laden and his cronies filled the power vacuum.

Pretty old news if you would fill your mind with facts instead of hate and propaganda.

Iraq.. the best friend of the west.. did not follow orders and was taken down. Mind you with the encouragement ,once again of the Israeli government.

most people with a brain get the idea.

So, the history of the ME did not begin on Sept 11.

Uncle, my favorite Jew on the Local.. As I have said in the past, my Jewish friends would be ashamed of you. You think demonizing Muslims and Muslim countries will help the Jewish cause?

Then how are you any different than the Imams teaching hate in their Saudi supported Madrassas?
14:03 April 27, 2012 by rise
#33

"Discrimination and racism are not acceptable in any country.

Before reading Comments at The Local, I believed that most Swedes would agree."

I guess you're assuming most commentators at The Local are Swedes? I'd say most of them are not. Probably not even 1/10 here is a Swede. Most Swedes probably aren't reading Swedish news in English. As of 2010 14% of the inhabitants in Sweden were born outside of Sweden. Don't you think most commentators here are somebody out of those 14%?
14:34 April 27, 2012 by budaboy
Cowboy

Who went off topic by bringing up recent events? yes that's right, iraniboy did as usual.

learn how to read... genius.

Obviously you're not getting any of it.
15:15 April 27, 2012 by bcterry
Comment: 14:03 April 27, 2012 by rise #33,

"Discrimination and racism are not acceptable in any country. Before reading Comments at The Local, I believed that most Swedes would agree." I guess you're assuming most commentators at The Local are Swedes? I'd say most of them are not. Probably not even 1/10 here is a Swede. Most Swedes probably aren't reading Swedish news in English. As of 2010 14% of the inhabitants in Sweden were born outside of Sweden. Don't you think most commentators here are somebody out of those 14%? "

I'm one that is not a Swede, i take it that's is a problem for you, i'm also one who speaks out against racism, in any form, so what's your point?

BTW, are you posting in Swedish, or English, and are the those who appear in the Swedish version, totally different than those who appear here?

And just for the record, you or anyone else from a different country, are more than welcome to comment on any Canadian news blog.

And there are plenty.

We welcome all opinions in our country, no matter where they come from.
15:18 April 27, 2012 by Iraniboy
@Cowboy

The relevance is that this woman is a representative from US government. I didn't mean Americans are non-tolerant at all. Even if I hadn't seen a single tolerant American I would have not said that but in fact I have seen and I know them. I was just reminding the responsibilities of this woman!. As a governmental expert she must be more concerned that a synagogue was vandalized on Hitler's birthday and many American Muslims are mistreated beaten or defamed on daily basic in US media.
16:06 April 27, 2012 by bcterry
15:18 April 27, 2012 by Iraniboy

"The relevance is that this woman is a representative from US government."

Let me get this straight, you feel that this woman is not entitled to comment on the racism, or anything else to do with what happens in Sweden, but on the other hand, you feel you are entitled to comment on the racism, or anything else that happens in America.

That about right?
16:13 April 27, 2012 by rise
#37

???
16:58 April 27, 2012 by Iraniboy
@bcterry

Yes! I have no mandate or authority to fix racism anywhere but she has.
17:18 April 27, 2012 by Scambaiter
I see the nasty brigade are out in force as usual ie...the racists, bigots, islamophobes and SD sympathizers.

Or maybe it's just the same few ignorant, repetitive lamebrains posting the same comments over and over again?

Either way, the Local should change it's commenting system to allow me to bump them down the forum into obscurity.

Well said to bcberry...most of the nasty brigade at the Local aren't even Swedish and don't even live in Sweden, although there are a few token local racists thrown in.

However, I can assure you that lots of English-speaking Swedes and other residents in Sweden read the Local for educational reasons......ie to improve their English....and are doubtless mortified by the level of vitriol and bigotry on the forum.
17:32 April 27, 2012 by bcterry
Yes! I have no mandate or authority to fix racism anywhere but she has. "

And of course you know she isn't addressing it in America?

Maybe why she is speaking out in this case, is because she is in that position, and as well as addressing it in America, because of her position she can have some influence elsewhere.

I don't care where the voices come from, or who they come from, but if they are speaking truth to fact, i welcome them all.

If she was a proven racist, i would call her on her hypocrisy, but there is no indication of that at all.

If you can provide it, then let's see it.

I believe Obama, the one who sent her, is black, and i'm sure he knows a thing or two about racists, and i seriously doubt he would send one to address this issue, or that she is there for no reason at all.

Apparently you are just fine with Reepalu's actions, because as of yet, you have not commented on them.
18:19 April 27, 2012 by guliver
JimmyJames

What does the Swedish Jewish citizens have to do with the Israeli government decisions?

they are Sweds and have the right to practice their religion.

Or you decide the are not allowed to live n Sweden, we shell be glad to hav thse high quality people among us ,here in Israel.
18:44 April 27, 2012 by Uncle
cowboy

My beloved islamist. If Al Qaida would know of your existence, they would be a proud bunch. The only problem is that you are dhimmie and therefore a subject to beheading when your time comes.

I am sorry, are you throwing Russians into the "western bunch" that attacked the poor innocent muslims? I did not understand that. My apologies. If you would actually know ANYTHING about Afghanistan, you would know that there were more than 10 different private salafist armies fighting the Russians long before US even contacted SOME of them.

And in spite of every excuse, Vietnamese SOMEHOW do not explode into neither Russian, nor American skyscrapers.

"Encouragement of the Israeli government" mind you, it encourages putting North Korean regime also, as well as Burmese. So? Vatican and Monaco also support throwing off dictators - and?

And what orders did Iraq not follow when you talk about Iran-Iraq war and the attack of Kuwait? Orders not to attack? Wow, what a poor victim of the west.

BTW, there is numerous evidence, that without the evil Israel's weapons, Iran would not be able to turn the tide of war and would be swimming in even larger pool of blood. How about that achievement?

Ah, I am sorry, you talk about the recent events?

History is even longer than 10 years, as you did not notice what I wrote. Let's discuss even earlier events - how Bosniaks found themselves in the heart of Europe? How half of Spain has mosques? Why Iran and Chechnya joined nazis? Muslims killed 6-8 MILLION people since WWII. Is it demonisation? Is it a lie? Can I not prove it? I assure you - I can. You know - I can.

In regards to comparing me to your beloved imams that wage jihad on the west with the support of west (Saudis) or with pressure and opposition of west (Somalia, Sudan). They call for a PHYSICAL elimination of non-believers. Preferably soft targets like civilians.

I call for realization that these tendencies exist in the muslim world and all measures should be taken to avoid importing it. I never define RACE like it is done in muslim countries. For me converted blue-eyed swede is as blind and as brainwashed as the muslims who were forced into this religion as babies. At the same time, a french Jew is kidnapped and tortured "because all the Jews are rich and can pay" as it is an OFFICIAL education in many muslim states.
18:56 April 27, 2012 by motti
Surely the biggest problem is the fact that the mayor of Malmoe hates Jews. simple as that. In any case,, to criticise Jewish inhabitants and blame them for the beatings ands insults because they hold different values and opinions to him regarding Israel, is ridiculous.

He himself has assisted the anti Jewish tirade and for that he should be condemned. He after all, is the leader of a big city. He has abused his power. He could have made thje same allegations against Muslims, Albanians, americans etc and it will still be wrong.

There are some Swedes who don't like foreigners interfering with problems in Swednm. Fair enough, but then equally, Sweden should not do the same. After all what is good for the goose is good for the gander.

I still believe the vast majority of decent Swedes are unhappy with the mayor of Malmoe for his hateful utterances against those who pay taxes to keep him in power. Please note the expression "decent" Swdes.
20:14 April 27, 2012 by Uncle
@motti

Very well put. Nobody in his right mind would not justify attacks on people with the policies of the country that has the SAME nation. It is exactly as justifying Breiviks actions through the actions of Malaysia towards converts. EVEN if those who got killed in Utöya were OK with what Malaysia does.

The target is Jews. Pure and obvious. "Extremists" attack. "Moderates" commonise the action and explain it through unrelated excuses. Kristallnacht in action.

And cowboy, I assure you. I am as a Jew as you are a muslim. I am just on the victim side.
13:18 April 29, 2012 by godnatt
Surprise, when you actually ASK Muslims in the Middle East what they think of Jews they are perfectly happy to tell you... Funny that the clowns on here like to pretend differently.

http://blogs.the-american-interest.com/wrm/2011/07/23/shock-pew-poll-widespread-anti-semitism-in-middle-east/
16:46 April 29, 2012 by johnny1939
Mind your own f-----ing store jerkface(Obama)!!!!!!
20:17 May 6, 2012 by Bolinb
anti-Semitism is unacceptable? How about all forms of racism..... For which Sweden is fast becoming famous for......... Look at the difference in unemployment between Swedish and foreigners.
02:50 May 11, 2012 by Peter Beck
Well, here we Americans go again, meddling in the internal affairs of other countries. We can't even solve our own problems, so why do we keep doing this- it's none of our damn business. With American Jews roughly 2% of our population, we don't have a dog in this fight. Send this woman home to her AIPAC office in Washington, DC.
16:44 May 24, 2012 by Cage
This visit was a waste of time. There was no real bite in her bark, so to speak. Antisemitism is as Swedish as herring and Midsummer. This was a half-baked publicity stunt to help shore-up Obama's support back home, otherwise there would have been some consequences if changes were not made.

No one in government sees this as a national issue because the country is full of antisemites and racists. It would be like trying to remove the racism from the Southern USA, it just ain't gonna happen.
22:49 June 6, 2012 by rubble
The only problem is that Reepalu is/was correct.

Just google "Europe's Right-Wing Populists Find Allies in Israel" from der Spiegel in Germany. Also google "Far-right Europeans and Israelis: this toxic alliance spells trouble" This is from the Guardian UK.

These are two of the biggest newspapers in the world. Hardly some 'fringe' rags.

So sick of anti-Zionism (a legitimate stance against an authoritarian Israeli regime who is actively practicing semi-genocide against the Palestinians) FALSELY equated with so-called anti-semitism.

The US needs to bugger off with the propoganda and Rosenthal can go running back to her AIPAC masters.
13:43 June 8, 2012 by guliver
Rubble

A big difference is between taking position in the Israeli- Palestinian conflict , demonstrating against the Israeli Embassy in the Scandinavian states or in other places,or attacking Jews and Synaguoges or Jewish schools because" the need "to blame the Jews all over the world for what the Israeli government does ,

The Jews in Malmo are not the official delegation of Israel in Sweden,they are Swedes and not Israelies and they vote for the Swedish government not to the Israeli government, they live and work in Sweden exactly as all other Swedish citizens do, attacking them on their prayer houses it is a clear anti semitism!
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A Swedish supermarket has decided to withdraw its Easter commercial, after Christians complained it made a mockery of communion - "They crossed the line." Sweden's advertising watchdog will now look into the case. READ () »

Dismemberment killer gets sentence cut
The search and rescue operation in northern Sweden. File photo: TT

Dismemberment killer gets sentence cut

The 22-year-old man convicted of murdering his ex-girlfriend in northern Sweden had his sentence reduced on Wednesday, in part due to his "peculiar personality". READ () »

School gas leak sends 25 to hospital

School gas leak sends 25 to hospital

An elementary school in southern Sweden was evacuated on Wednesday and dozens of pupils were taken to hospital after the smell of gas spread through the rooms. READ () »

Swedes vote for country's nicest cock
The Flymen Church weathercock in all its newly gilded glory. Photo: TT

Swedes vote for country's nicest cock

A Swedish churchwarden has reacted with joy upon finding out the parish has Sweden's nicest weathercock. READ () »

Greens push rich tax to finance schools
Per Bolund of The Greens. File photo: TT

Greens push rich tax to finance schools

Sweden's third largest party The Greens revealed its shadow budget on Wednesday, targeting schools and youth employment. High earners would have to pitch in more. READ () »

Holiday status updates 'not a burglary risk'
Ibiza, you say? File photo: Jonas Ekströmer/TT

Holiday status updates 'not a burglary risk'

Mythbusting Swedish researchers have found no link between gushing about your upcoming holiday online and returning to an emptied house. They told The Local that a trip to Ikea could be much more dangerous. READ () »

Woman charged after accusing beggar of theft
The people in this picture are not those from the story. Photo: TT

Woman charged after accusing beggar of theft

A woman in Gothenburg who accused a beggar of robbing her has been charged with fraud and false accusations. READ () »

Swedish royals set baptism date for princess
Photo: Kungahuset

Swedish royals set baptism date for princess

Sweden's royal family has set the date for the baptism of Princess Leonore. READ () »

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Evidence Game of Thrones is set in Sweden

Evidence Game of Thrones is set in Sweden

With Swedish Game of Thrones fans frothing at the mouth at the season four premiere, The Local revisits its list of ten reasons why the hit books and show are (probably) based in Sweden. READ () »

'Baffling' Swedish raid on German sub makers
The Kockums Malmö shipyard and FMV headquarters. Files: TT

'Baffling' Swedish raid on German sub makers

After the Swedish military raided the Malmö premises of German defence giant Thyssen Krupp, a military expert tells The Local why recent Russian aggression means Sweden's Saab needs to take control of national submarine production. READ () »

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