Persson: Attitudes to Jews ‘shameful’

Göran Persson has said the results of a survey indicating that many Swedes are anti-Semitic are "shameful".

“I am not surprised that anti-Semitism exists in Sweden, but I am surprised at the level of these figures,” said Sweden’s prime minister, in London for meetings with British prime minister Tony Blair.

“Anti-Semitism periodically raises its ugly head. The thing to do is to force it back, and not to drop our guard,” he said.

The survey, by the National Council for Crime Prevention and the Forum for Living History, showed that one in four people were negative towards the idea of a Jewish prime minister. Fifteen percent thought that the ‘Jewish influence’ over the world economy was too great.

TT/The Local