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Hundreds attend anti-Semitism demo

Hundreds attend anti-Semitism demo

Published: 08 Oct 2012 14:28 GMT+02:00
Updated: 08 Oct 2012 14:28 GMT+02:00

An estimated 300 people gathered at Stockholm's Raoul Wallenberg Square on Sunday to show solidarity with the Jews of Malmö, where a Jewish community building was attacked recently.

The protest was organized by the Jewish Community in Stockholm and the Swedish Committee Against Anti-Semitism (Svenska Kommittén Mot Antisemitism).

Swedish Minister of Integration, Erik Ullenhag, was one of the speakers. When it comes to anti-Semitism, he said "the biggest danger of all is if good people stay silent".

Ullenhag pledged that the government will focus on tackling hate crimes.

Last month's incident in Malmö, in which a Jewish community building was attacked with explosives and bricks, followed a string of anti-Semitic hate crimes, including vandalism and verbal abuse.

According to accounts in local press, anti-Semitism has become part of everyday life for Malmö's Jews. In response, the community has increased security around its buildings.

Lena Posner-Körösi, President of the Council of Jewish Communities in Sweden (Judiska centralrådet), admonished Swedish authorities for playing down the threats facing Jews in Malmö.

In her speech at Sunday's demonstration she challenged Swedish politicians and opinion makers to stand up against anti-Semitism.

"Prove that the forces for good in Sweden are in a majority and that Sweden will no longer stay silent when it comes to anti-Semitism in our country, regardless of where it lies," said Posner-Körösi.

Fredrik Federley, a Centre Party MP, called anti-Semitism "more hateful and evil than other forms of hate".

He spoke of Jewish friends in Gothenburg who avoid openly wearing Jewish symbols

"My 10-month-old daughter should not have to grow up in a Sweden where people have to be scared to show who they are," said Federley.

Willy Silberstein, president of the Swedish Committee Against Anti-Semitism, said that there are plenty of people who oppose hatred against Jews.

"I am convinced that a fight against hatred of Jews is also a fight against those who despise other groups, whether Muslims, homosexuals or Romas," said Silberstein.

Last month, Silberstein was one of 400 people who took part in a "kippah march" in Malmö, where participants openly wore kippahs and other Jewish symbols.

Another kippah march - organized by Sofia Nerbrand, a Malmö resident and president of a liberal think tank - is planned for October 20th.

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17:47 October 8, 2012 by user655321
How is this newsworthy? Three hundred dimwits gather to complain and show their hypocrisy and idiocy. Håll käften.
18:21 October 8, 2012 by JOHNATAN
user655321

if the local brought it as news it says that in that Swedish internet site there are journalists who think it is important enough to be mention because the violence against the Jews in Europe and also in Malmo Sweden is in creschendum.

if you are Swedish what I can assume from the last two wars which i do not understand , the democracy of your country and the respect for the minorities should bother you,

if you are neo nazi so you find yourself among those who support the people who do that crimes to the Jews,and then those who demonstrated 300 people just show how small and insignficant is the Jewish community of Sweden and how much there is still Jews hate left after the second world war.

In this case that small minority has done the right step to take a quite Demo and to invite the leaders of the Swedish government ,exactly those who must protect them from your actions.
18:44 October 8, 2012 by FotoGuy
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18:46 October 8, 2012 by engagebrain
user655321

you created an account just to abuse people who are suffering a degree of persecution in Sweden. From your comments you seem to find persecuting jews acceptable. I guess people in trouble should not turn to you for help.
19:43 October 8, 2012 by JOHNATAN
foto guy

live and let other live,if somebody believe in a certain religion let him practice his religion without bothering him,if these Jews do not break the laws in Sweden it is none of your buisness if they keep Saterday instead Sunday ,if they are going to their Synaguoge instead to a chruch and also if they do circumcision.

the Jews in Malmo do not protest because they have nothing nice to do on Sunday but because their life in that city became impossibile in the last 10 years,Pushing a Rabbi from buss, screaming insult and racist words when they go to pray, puting an explosive bomb in their Synaguoge while praying,desacrated the stones in their cemeteries,minancing their kids in the streets,and no I do not accept your statement:"go on move forwards"Instead I do think that something has to be done and that situation should not go on,therefore thaat demonstration as weak as it is just 300 people should have take place long time ago.

the fact that the Swedish sociaty stand by and do not protect these small minority is a red light to that sociaty and not just to those 300 Jews
14:18 October 9, 2012 by bcterry
How many moderate peace loving muslims stood side by side by their jewish friends at this demonstration?
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