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Malmö mayor in new 'anti-Semitism' row

Peter Vinthagen Simpson · 18 Mar 2011, 14:37

Published: 18 Mar 2011 11:18 GMT+01:00
Updated: 18 Mar 2011 14:37 GMT+01:00

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Following a five-day visit to Malmö in southern Sweden, one of the Wiesenthal Centre's representatives, Dr. Shimon Samuels, has penned a letter in which he forwards strongly worded criticism of Reepalu, according to the local Sydsvenskan daily.

Samuels has taken offence over Reepalu's comments after Monday's meeting in which he said the responsibility for policing was a matter for the police and the justice ministry in Stockholm.

One of the proposals discussed at the meeting concerned the formation of a hate crime police unit along the lines of a US model.

"We wrote to Beatrice Ask already a couple of years ago but have not received a reply. Perhaps the Wiesenthal centre with its power and influence can draw a better response," Reepalu said of the initiative.

The mayor's reference to the Wiesenthal Center's "power and influence" has however incurred the wrath of the US Jewish leaders and Samuels argued in his letter that the comments "echo the conspiracy theories against Jews in the 1930s".

Reepalu has previously been the target of criticism for allegedly failing to protect Jews in the city and for comments to the media which were interpreted to indicate that the city's Jewish committee had some responsibility to denounce Israel.

After several days of meetings designed to find common ground, Samuels' letter renewed prior criticism of the mayor and Sweden for failing to take the concerns of the city's residents seriously.

Reepalu, who has hitherto been cautious of countering prior criticism from the Wiesenthal Center, was however unable to hold back on receipt of the letter.

"I have said that it is always dangerous when one group considers itself worth more than another group of people. When people say that we have a right to take your land because we have some form of thousand-year promise from God that this is our land, then it creates conflicts," Reepalu said to Sydsvenskan.

"Then they say that I am anti-Semitic when I put this across. I am flabbergasted that they are then able to tie all this together," he said.

Reepalu continued to question whether the Wiesenthal Centre, which describes itself as a "global Jewish human rights organization" from six offices worldwide and claims a constituency of 400,000 households in the US, was simply a research centre.

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Samuels' letter ends with an ultimatum to the mayor to say that if he doesn't start to take the issues discussed seriously then the warning issued by the centre in December against travel to Sweden's third city, will remain in place.

"To be honest with you I think we are working as seriously as we can with these issues, and we will do so regardless of what they say, think and feel," Reepalu told the newspaper.

In an interview later on Friday, Reepalu explained that the Americans may have misunderstood the role of a Swedish mayor. In practice the position is held by the head of the municipal council and is not a directly elected post.

"They live in the belief that as the 'mayor' I can order what the police do and do not do. They do not accept that I do not have that power," he told the TT news agency.

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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12:43 March 18, 2011 by nickknock
He knows that Sweden is becoming a Muslim country. He can read the writing on the wall.
12:46 March 18, 2011 by zeero
@nickknock :-)
12:53 March 18, 2011 by Luckystrike
Jews need to get over themselves
12:57 March 18, 2011 by calebian22
"I have said that it is always dangerous when one group considers itself worth more than another group of people. When people say that we have a right to take your land because we have some form of thousand-year promise from God that this is our land, then it creates conflicts," Reepalu said to Sydsvenskan.

This whole situation has nothing to do with Israel. The situation in Malmö is regarding the safety of Jews dealing with anti-Jewish sentiment in the city. Keep your eye on the problem dingle.
13:11 March 18, 2011 by Syftfel
In fairness, Malmö ought to rid itself of this Reepalu mayor and send him to the dog pound. The city cannot afford to have such divisive forces in its leadership. Get him out! His evasive double speak is classic amongst those who are not telling the truth and who have ulterior motives.
13:24 March 18, 2011 by Michael84
Jews are hilarious.
13:44 March 18, 2011 by Nemesis
Malmö mayor Ilmar Reepalu has just confirmed how anti-semitic he is.

This is nothing to do with Israel. The Jewish community was ni Malmö from before Israel even came into existance.

The situation is clearly to do with one of the smallest minorities in Sweden being forced out of its third largest city by a bunch fo anti-semitics.

The mayor should move to Saudi Arabia or Iraq and never come back.
13:47 March 18, 2011 by bcterry
Pandering to his jew hating muslim base, that love nothing better than to persecute jews and christians.

Islam, ....... nothing new here, just business as usual.
13:54 March 18, 2011 by Rishonim

Indeed we are hilarious. From Woody Allen, The Marx brothers to Seinfeld. Humor is far better than anger; don't you think? What would you rather have? A bunch of hilarious funny people or an angry mob screaming for blood?
13:56 March 18, 2011 by muscle
Hmm why jews??? Is it because, as hitler thought "jews are taking over businesses" ? Well if they are then it means they are intelligent and able! So rather blaming them, improve yourself and become intelligent. But I still dont get it why jews? :S

I am sure, it has nothing to do with Israel and Palestines.
14:09 March 18, 2011 by dw
No power and influence? Are they joking? Look at how the Israeli lobby basically runs US foreign policy in the middle east.
14:14 March 18, 2011 by Cornelius Hamelberg
Have followed Reepalu's ill-will since he started becoming repulsive... his latest would leave even an old lady feeling distraught.

A few thoughts about the Mayor of Malmö:

14:16 March 18, 2011 by napoleon
Since the fall of Iron courtain and Branderburg , the left parties in Europe need a new alliance in this case Muslins. Both Muslins and Socialism hate western societys will not stop untill achieved their purpose.
14:44 March 18, 2011 by Bleichroeder
Sweden is a microcosm of contemporary anti-Semitism. It's a form of acquiescence to radical Islam, which is diametrically opposed to everything Sweden suppose to stands for. The irony of it all.
14:50 March 18, 2011 by bcterry
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13:56 March 18, 2011 by muscle

Hmm why jews??? Is it because, as hitler thought "jews are taking over businesses" ? Well if they are then it means they are intelligent and able! So rather blaming them, improve yourself and become intelligent. But I still dont get it why jews? :S"

Look at any study of educational performance country wise, and islamic states are conspicuous by their absence.

Why jews?, simple,..... seething inbred hate.
16:37 March 18, 2011 by 4everlive
What do you expect from Estonian..
16:45 March 18, 2011 by local-aam
Sweden will face long term trouble by not obeying the Jews who are in fact controlling the whole world in a way or other. Jews are not only wealthy, very intelligent and very powerful with extreme political influence over the world.
17:01 March 18, 2011 by zoroastrina
Nickknock " knows that Sweden is becoming a Muslim country. He can read the writing on the wall."

calebian22 correctly judges that the "whole situation has nothing to do with Israel. The situation in Malmö is regarding the safety of Jews dealing with anti-Jewish sentiment in the city." A thousand -year promise to a "chosen people" cannot be invoked to justify the expansion of settlements in the Occupied Territories. That is a matter of internal Israeli geopolitics and the architecture of occupation.

Napoleon, appropriately named, and nicknock (knickknack , also nicknack) both spew venom and triviality.

I wonder if the synaptic informational flow has been bleached out of Bleich(e)roeder's grey matter. Islam certainly does not (the negation symbol being here required) have a congruence relation (expressed with the 'triple bar' symbol) with radical Islam. Islam does not materially imply radical Islam. Cf. the Bankhaus Bleichröder.

The former political officeholder, SPD politician and Zen practitioner Ulrich Kasparick accused the radically right-wing Bavarian Prime Minister, Horst Seehofer, of overstepping the limits of good taste in a speech in Passau on Ash Wednesday, the 9th of March 2011. For this reason he has lodged a complaint against Seehofer with the public prosecutor for speech inciting public hatred according to paragraph 130 of the German penal code.

Seehofer stressed his opposition to immigration from alien cultures. He stated his intention to fight within the Berlin coalition "bis zur letzten Patrone" (until the last round) to prevent immigrants "from immigrating into the German social system". Seehofer alluded to the "Battle of Stalingrad" and the "Battle of Berlin". For Kasparick this constitutes vilification of part of the population and it belongs to the category of hate speech according to § 130 of the penal code. Seehofer was spewing political vomit.
17:51 March 18, 2011 by maometto

I see no hilarious people in the Jewish settlers deep down in the west bank..neither the IDF pilots that bombed gaza brutally in 2009..or citizens that vote for a politician like Liberman!

Funny and angry people exist everywhere..Comedy is not a Jewish trademark!
18:14 March 18, 2011 by napoleon

Great philosofer Zoroaster.

Sorry my friend I do not ment to be disrepectfull to you as an individual, but you have to admit that the history of Islam is a history of bloodshed, the facts are there: I did not invent them.
18:14 March 18, 2011 by StuartM
Yet another attempt by the pro-Israel lobby to silence any criticism of the country's terrorist, racist crimes against the Palestinian people. While I've got no doubt that genuine anti-Semites do exist the term is constantly devalued and deprived of its meaning every time organisations like the Wiesenthal Center use it simply to characterise anyone who objects to the murderous and illegal actions of the Israeli state.
18:28 March 18, 2011 by napoleon

Because of my work I travel to most european countries and deal with all kinds of people from different backgrounds.

What really worries me is that I never met a muslim that condems a terrorist act , a killing is killing and does not matter who commits the crime, we just can not go aroung killing people in the name of our God and expect to be treated with respect, respect is somthing that one has to gain recognition for.
18:49 March 18, 2011 by telaviv
The mayor of Malmo confuse between Jews who are Swedish citizens and Israelies who are citizens of Israel and are living in Israel.

I call him to leave the Jews in Malmo in peace ,they are not responsabile for the policy of Israel and the Israeli- Palestinian conflict.

If he wants to protest against Israel he can demonstrate against our Embassy in the capital of Sweden .

if he does not want to protect the small Jewish comunity of Malmo against Muslems ,I call the Jews to leave Sweden they will be wellcome in Israel or in other countries
21:42 March 18, 2011 by engagebrain
If the Jewish population of Malmo gives up their Swedish citizenship and then claims asylum in Sweden - would they then be treated decently.

Sweden's treatment and acceptance of asylum seekers is exemplary but it doesn't seem decent that the asylum seekers, having reached a place of safety, then go on to create local conditions that drive Swedish citizens to seek asylum.
21:47 March 18, 2011 by Hagrid
Last week a Palestinian murdered in cold blood a family of 5 Jews, including young children. Based on Reepalu's idiotic logic, since Sweden's Muslims did not denounce this massacre, this makes them fair game for retributions by Sweden's Jews...
22:23 March 18, 2011 by Tanskalainen
Mayor Reepalu would you like a refreshing glass of filmjolk?
23:42 March 18, 2011 by maometto
The mayor has the right to express whatever opinion he has on any matter he wants..without having to apologize! or be called for anti-semite! or to meet Jewish lobbyists and confess his sins!

Isn't this is the logic you people wrote about day and night for years in defense of the Swedish and Danish cartoonist?!?!

Enough with the double standards! It is freedom of speech!
00:15 March 19, 2011 by waffen
I agree with dw, locat-aam, maometto and StuartM.
01:17 March 19, 2011 by technoviking
It's great how many Muslims on posting here think it's perfectly okay to go after Swedish Jews because of Israel. They are SWEDES, not Israelis.

What's even more ridiculous is that you whine and cry for tolerance for yourselves while giving none.

The fact is that Muslims attack all minorities once there are enough of them. It's a hateful, violent, political ideology that tolerates nothing but it's own asinine fairy tales.

Don't think you're going to have it this easy trying to bully the former Vikings you pencil-necked twits. What goes around will come around. Count on it.
08:24 March 19, 2011 by Flavius Belisarios
Perhaps the Wiesenthal Center should do more research into how states and societies outside the US and Israel have organized themselves. Not every country that is run differently from the US and Israel is undemocratic and potentially anti-semitic. Agreed, the Wiesenthal Center may find it difficult to find the elected mayor and sheriff of Malmö, but why not try to find the eqivalent? The behaviour of the Wiesenthal Center and its respresentatives is arrogant and totally disrespectful of the city of Malmö and creates repulsion even with people who do not vote for Ilmar Reepalu. We are all flabbergasted.
10:33 March 19, 2011 by rybo1
Really getting tired of Jewish whining.
11:44 March 19, 2011 by muscle
@bcterry, why is it abuse? :S I was referring to a movie dialogue! The point was, I thought many people disliked the practices of muslims(Not the religion itself), in Sweden specifically, how did Jews came into this play :S
11:50 March 19, 2011 by telaviv
one word to maometto,

freedom of speech has nothing to do with some group in Sweden that attack a comunity because they belongs to the same religion of the people lived in Israel.

The Jews in Malmo have nothing to do with the decisions of the Israeli government,

even in our country there are many parties who have different point of view how to resolve that conflict .

If these people are Swedish citizens I call the mayor of Malmo to treat them as every citizen and to protect them exactly as he protects any other Swedish citizen who belongs to other religion
14:24 March 19, 2011 by calebian22
Considering that in all likelyhood the abuse against the Jewish, Sweden born citizens is being perpetuated by new arrivals in Sweden, this is even more unjust. Yes, neo-nazis exist in Sweden, but certain suburbs of Malmö are better known for a different kind of bigot.
17:33 March 19, 2011 by mkvgtired
The fact that Israel even came up shows how ignorant some people are. It is very possible many of these SWEDES haven't even been to Israel. I agree with freedom of speech, but it is the nature of being a government official. Everything you say will be criticized. The saying goes "actions speak louder than words", and his inaction to protect Swedish citizens from new arrivals or asylum seekers is careless. Another poster noted that these asylum seekers are going to force Swedish citizens to seek asylum elsewhere, which is probably going to start happening. Ridiculous.
18:04 March 19, 2011 by bcterry
11:44 March 19, 2011 by muscle

@bcterry, why is it abuse? :S I was referring to a movie dialogue! The point was, I thought many people disliked the practices of muslims(Not the religion itself), in Sweden specifically, how did Jews came into this play :S "

Seething inbred hate.

It comes from the religion itself.

"They [the Jews] are the heirs of Hell.... They will spare no pains to corrupt you. They desire nothing but your ruin. Their hatred is clear from what they say ... When evil befalls you they rejoice." Ibid. [Surah 111, v. 117-120]

Taste ye [Jews] the punishment of burning.[Surah III, v. 18 1]

Allah hath cursed them [the Jews] for their disbelief.[Surah IV, v. 46]

O ye who believe! Take not the Jews and Christians for friends. [Surah V, v. 51]

The most vehement of mankind in hostility [are] the Jews and the idolators.[Surah V, v. 82]

Allah fighteth against them [the Jews]. How perverse they are![Surah IX, v. 30]

They [the Jews] spread evil in the land .... [Surah V, v. 62-66]

[The Jews] knowingly perverted [the word of Allah], know of nothing except lies ... commit evil and become engrossed in sin. [Surah II, v. 71-85]
20:42 March 19, 2011 by Uncle

"The mayor has the right to express whatever opinion he has on any matter he wants."

Excellent! Then SD is a perfect stage for politicians and no maomettos should bash it!

Muslims are institutionally EDUCATED to hate Jews. The diff between their beliefs of "living space for their kind" + hatred of Jews puts them in one group with National-Socialists, which Reepalu is in his essence.

What I would like to see is holding of muslims responsible for the policies of their countries and terror.


If you are really interested in "why jews", I have made a research in this area.

Specific hatred of Jews is actually coming from late Roman times and is an administrative order of the Roman government. The Jewish rebellion came at very inconvenient time for the Roman Empire and after it (the empire) had to pull HALF of its army to Judea, it was facing a probable loss of east of Europe. From there - the rebellions would spread faster than the current arab rebellions.

Roman empire was on a brink of death because of a rebellion of small and insignificant nation. Therefore the Romans were "slightly" upset.

Instead of total elimination (like in the case of Carthage), romans spread the Jews in the rest of provinces and declared them an outcast with specific laws limiting them. Jesus crucifixion responsibility was a wise marketing move promoted by the new Christian roman rulers.

There is nothing "natural" in Jew hatred. It is administrative and bureaucratic like Nazi movies. It is invented by people and now continues to be promoted by barbarians like the red necks and muslims, since it is convenient to blame others in your own failure.
11:06 March 20, 2011 by motti
again, the power of the jewish lobby. are you totally blind? do you for one minutes seriously believe that the oil lobby with its obscene and gross profits have no power in washington, let alone the rest of the world.

the world wanted oil and after 1973 was ordered to support the west bank arab settlers who call themselves palestinians or no oil.

jew haters are blinded by their own perceptions without due regard to fact and only believe in fiction.

the mayor is a jew hater, simple fact. the jewish citizens of sweden should expect and receive the same security as any other person. if it is not remedied, than outside jewish organisations can view the situations themselves. sweden, like many other countries interfers with securit matters relating to israel, than israel or jews have the same right in sweden.

no other country has had to live with the murder of its citizens like israel. perhaps those who choose to slander or libel israel regarding israel should learn some facts first. even prior to independence, jews were slaughtered while the british colonial occupying forces stood by. now the jews who traditionally have been picked due to their numerical inferiority can fight back. if you don't like it, then don't keep sending losers to murder innocent civilians.

Gaza is a joke, with an olympic sized swimming pool with plans for a second. next time the red cross, oxfam and the others cry out, remember, they need to, in order to keep the money rolling in and retain their jobs. perhaps israel should not send in it's aircraft to bomb terrorist sites. they should fire indiscrinately 70,000 rockets and missiles at civilian targets as the arabs do to israel.

those who continually criticise israel and the jews, need to look in the mirror and ask yourselves why. i don't mean the arabs, they are the world's greatest losers anyway, with all their oil based riches. i mean those in the supposedly civilised and educated west. go to a public library and read documented historical facts about israel before you criticise. it says in the book of prverbs that to criticise a wise person and he will love you, criticise an ignorant one and he will hate you. what then are you?
19:01 March 20, 2011 by mkvgtired
Since we keep getting on the topic of Israel, it looks like the "victims" are on the offensive again. Why is it these "victims" always seem to be the aggressors?

20:45 March 20, 2011 by Cage
What there are anti-semites in Sweden! ?! They don't see it that way. Hating jews is a birthright in this country. Everyone should be treated fairly and the law should support individual rights... as long as you aren't Jewish in Sweden. That is the reality of life here, in fact racism, ageism and gender bias are rampant in this country. Yeah, the Jews in Sweden are maybe a little sensitive, but who the f'ck can blame them when antisemitism is so abundant?
23:04 March 20, 2011 by dekul
Genesis 7:23 He killed, intentionally, every man, woman, and child on the planet save eight of them.

Genesis 19:23-25 God burns down a whole city (women and children included) simply because they were supposedly homosexual.
16:04 March 21, 2011 by motti
#40 if you had lost most of your family during the holocaust, to too would be more aggressive in your own defence. this time we jews have a country to defend us. that is why al crypto communists/nazis and the moslem nazi hate us so much. they love to hate and death. we love life. what is your preference?
09:46 March 22, 2011 by zerotolerancenow
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18:17 March 22, 2011 by nolibs
A lot of comments here, but nothing really that gets to the meat of what going on.

The mayor's reference to the Wiesenthal Center's "power and influence" is not a reference back to the Jews of 1930, but rather to the Jews of today in the USA, which do have a lot of power and influence..especially when it comes to labeling people.

The comments and accusations made by the Wiesenthal Centre are standard practice in the USA. If you criticize a Jew or don't get in line on their Thought Crime (aka Hate Crime) legislation, or other initiatives, they will label you an anti-Semite. Since being labeled an anti-Semite In the USA, is very hard to shake off, and could be a political kiss of death, most try to avoid it by giving the Jews what they want.

Violence against Jews, or anyone for that matter, should be condemned; however, hate crime laws are nothing more that laws that outlaw thought. The Wiesenthal Centre should be ashamed at their blatant attempt to bully the Mayor.
21:15 March 22, 2011 by dekul
Lev 21:9 And the daughter of any priest, if she profane herself by playing the whore, she profaneth her father: she shall be burnt with fire.
13:36 March 23, 2011 by Bobafetto08
The groveling of some of these coercively persuaded Swedes before the adherents of the religion of the perpetually offended and outraged, never ceases to amaze me. In this country the multicultural bloviating left and so-called liberals, will compulsively rush out in the name of political correctness and tolerance, to defend a vile, intolerant political ideology and doctrine of Arab imperialism masquerading as a religion. They are the kind of people that would wrap their own daughters in burqas just to appear culturally sensitive. What they obviously don't seem to get is that first it will be the Jews, then the homosexuals, the unveiled women, Christians and other religious groups etc. until eventually even they themselves will be forced to flee - but like Mr Reepalu, they will go on feeding the crocodile, hoping it will eat them last. In fact, if we today would have to relive WW ll, they probably even would be notoriously sympathetic to Hitler. Apparently leading Soviet Union communists used the term "useful idiots" to describe these so-called "progressives" in the West, that energetically work to undermine the very freedoms and rights, their own liberal democracies provide them with.
19:18 April 24, 2011 by Bob Jacobson
How familiar. When American Jews criticize Israeli policy, they too are often branded as anti-Semetic. The current hardline right-wing Israeli governmenthas purposely conflated criticism of its militaristic, neo-fascist policies with anti-Semitism, the better to shame and dehumanize its critics at home and abroad. This is now so commonplace in America that most Jews do not pay it any mind. We know the score.

My experience as a Jew in Malmö, albeit intermittently as I still reside most of the year in the USA, is that it is a place of great tolerance, religious, ethnic, and otherwise. It's ironic that right-wing Jewish organizations have turned the situation completely on its head. Unlike the USA, where Jews in the South not so long ago were hung from trees, I have yet to hear of an actual battery on a Jew taking place in Malmö, although no doubt insults have been traded over the Palestinian issue, and not just between Jews and Muslims. There are plenty of Swedes who are too willing to exploit the Arab-Israel controversy for their own xenophobic political ends.

Sweden's long history of intolerance toward Jews thankfully ended with the 19th Century, in part due to Mayor Reepalu's Social Democrats and other left parties coming into power in the early 20th Century. The recent emergence of the anti-Muslim (and no doubt, also anti-Semetic) Sweden Democrats in Skåne, beyond the Malmö city limits, is a reminder of that sad legacy. it should be of greater concern to the Wiesenthal Center and other Jewish humanitarians than what is happening in Malmö, which for the most part is working well to engender ethnic harmony.

BTW, the Mayor is right about policing in Sweden, it is a national responsibility, not the duty of municipalities. This may be difficult for some of my fellow Americans to comprehend. Most have not been out of the country often enough, if at all, to appreciate that not everyone does everything the American way.
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