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Sweden's Jews, Muslims face web hate rise: study

TT/Rebecca Martin · 22 Aug 2011, 15:43

Published: 22 Aug 2011 15:43 GMT+02:00

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“Sweden as a whole is a tolerant country but this report shows that racism is growing and is being professionalized on the internet. There is today a small but growing minority that harbour hatred against Muslims and Jews,” minister for integration, Erik Ullenhag, wrote in a statement on Monday.

The report, which was requested by the government and carried out by the Forum, also shows that an increased number of racist web pages have been created in recent years and that prejudice is being spread through schoolbooks.

According to the report, the number of racist sites in Sweden has almost doubled in two years. In 2009 there were around 8,000 xenophobic Swedish sites whereas today the authors of the report estimate an increase to 15,000.

This follows a EU-wide trend where right wing extremist groups are using the internet to spread hate-propaganda.

According to the report, these are characterized by anti-Semitic and Islamophobic views, where conspiracy theories are the most recurring elements.

The Jewish group is often cast as world conspirators whereas the Muslim group is seen as physical occupiers, actively are on their way to taking over society through mass-immigration and rising nativity figures.

The Jewish community in Sweden consists of some 20,000 individuals and the Muslim community of 300,000. Fresh crime statistics show that there were 161 reports of crimes with anti-Semitic motives and 272 with Islamophobic motives last year.

But according to the Forum it is difficult to get a fair idea of the situation from these statistics as they are based on police reports and the authors believe there may be many more unrecorded cases.

“Above all this study shows that research and follow-ups into preventative actions regarding intolerance against Jews and Muslims is sorely needed,” said head of Forum for Living History, Eskil Franck, in a statement.

According to Ullenhag, Swedish authorities must further their knowledge about what causes the hate against these groups to grow in Sweden and how they should meet it. That, he said, is the aim behind the investigation regarding xenophobia that the government launched earlier this spring.

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“We have learnt from experiences in other European countries that all the forces who want a tolerant society need to be active in the public debate. Prejudice against Jews and Muslims can never be normalized,” said Ullenhag.

When American research centre Pew recently investigated the development of religious conflicts and oppression worldwide between 2006 and 2009, Sweden distinguished itself as a country where hostilities related to religion are increasing the most.

TT/Rebecca Martin (news@thelocal.se)

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16:45 August 22, 2011 by Iraniboy
Very political result!

The US itself has institutionalized xenophibic attitude toward Muslims, liberals and non-religous people. They should look at home instead of criticizing the most tolerent country on the planet!!
16:46 August 22, 2011 by RobinHood
".... there were 161 reports of crimes with anti-Semitic motives and 272 with Islamophobic motives last year."

These seem incredibly low figures to me. There are more reported crimes than that at a difficult Swedish football match.

Since 2007, the number of all websites has increased substantially, about any given subject, be it: flower arranging, DIY colonic irrigation or how horrible are Jews, Moslems, Christians, or Hindus? Counting websites does not give an accurate picture of what's really going on, it just shows that people set up more websites than in 2007.

Might it be the Living History Forum is talking up what seems to be a very small problem to justify its own existence, and extract a bigger slice of next year's budget? All this "research and follow-ups into preventative actions" is going to very expensive for the taxpayer; I wonder who will get all that free taxpayer's money?

I think I'd rather have a few more doctors and nurses thank you.
17:10 August 22, 2011 by calebian22

The Living History Forum is Swedish. Only the last paragraph mentions anything US based and it is the Pew research center, which is arguably one of the most non-partisan groups found anywhere. Hate the US all you want, but at least don't be an idiot.
17:22 August 22, 2011 by skumdum
The vast majority of crimes with anti-Semitic motives are comitted by muslims and the far left in the Malmö area. Not really a swedish problem.
17:32 August 22, 2011 by Frobobbles
When arriving at the count of 15,000 xenophobic websites, I hope they took care to not count any of the - for instance - ones dedicated to serious criticism of islamism.
17:33 August 22, 2011 by Iraniboy

That's the main difference between me and you. You and this Pew thing accuse others of hatred based on their stance on US extremists. I don't hate anything or anyone. I just observed a drastic hypocrisy spreaded by a non-partisan US centre! God forbids the partisan ones! By the way I'm not very unfamilair with your extremist right wing propaganda in the US, we have the similar ones in Iran too.
17:42 August 22, 2011 by prince T
Iranboy. I dont ageee with calebian language but u must admit dat ur first comment was false.
18:14 August 22, 2011 by Iraniboy
@prince T

As an exampel for the facts I mentioned in the first comment read the comment made by tea party of the US and their stance on Norwegian massacre, then you realize the deepness of Xenophobic hatred in the US.
19:38 August 22, 2011 by Tysknaden
In Germany, like in Sweden, the Neonazis, the extremely left winged and some of the Muslims hate jews.

And we have this pro Palestinian propaganda, too.
20:28 August 22, 2011 by tgolan
This is crazy to mix the two things, Muslims are disliked because many want special privileges in the community,

Jews never asked for special treatment in Sweden as some do Muslims, not all but some . The Hatred of Jews has only grown as More Muslims especially those who are Islamists have come to Sweden. Most anti-Semitism is based in the Islamist and left, an unholy alliance of hate which threatens the democratic principals of Sweden.
20:30 August 22, 2011 by arbeitsbiene3
@ Tysknaden

Can you provide an example or evidence of pro-Palestinian propaganda in Germany or Sweden?
20:44 August 22, 2011 by Just_Kidding
yeah... numbers never lie...

Iranian Atheist
20:46 August 22, 2011 by sebwojo
no wepeon formed against the jaws shall prosper
21:01 August 22, 2011 by trevzns
@ tgolan

Jews never ask for special treatment? Which anti-Palestinian, anti-Muslim planet do you visit for your information?

No need for special treatment... It's called laws! Here in Europe and in the US.

The US government has classified Judaism a Race….So it has been spoken, so it is written!
21:18 August 22, 2011 by swe-usa
Over-immigration of muslims to Sweden pulls on fabric of the society, economically and socially. Sweden's policies towards immigrants are very tolerant, but many citizens are not. The government or anyone can not expect people to sit with open arms and open wallets, paying for them to seek asylum from issues in other parts of the world. Policies need to change, these over tolerant policies are contributing to slow deterioration of an operating social system.
21:30 August 22, 2011 by HeltNorsk
"Be careful who you bring into your home, they could become an unwanted

guest". quote by " unknown".
21:48 August 22, 2011 by jostein
Why not put a tune to the merry-go-round of multiculturalism?


Cmon everybody, feel the rythm! Dance to the music! Its fun! Hear the sweetness calling!
21:54 August 22, 2011 by planet.sweden

"this report shows that racism is growing and is being professionalized on the internet. There is today a small but growing minority that harbour hatred against Muslims and Jews," minister for integration, Erik Ullenhag, wrote.

All of which suggests that minister Ullenhag is a hopeless simpleton who hasn't cottoned on to the fact that Jews and Muslims are represented by all races on the planet, and hence whatever else is the cause of this, race is not one of them. But the reality is of course he does know. Read on.

The rise of anti-Semitism in Sweden is actually being driven entirely by its growing muslim population, aided somewhat by the anti Israeli left, and with the complicity of cowards like Ullenhag who refuse to recognise this fact openly. That's not just my view, it's the stated view by the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

There are no attacks on muslims in Sweden comparable with what Jews have been experiencing. Meanwhile according to a report in The Local last year (below) Jewish people in Malmo were being forced to flee the city, yes flee, because of the level of real violence being directed against them. That's the reality.

Ullenhag is simply trying to approach the rise of anti Jewish attacks in Sweden by pretending both it and his mythical comparable attacks on muslims are all down to far right extremists. It's nonsense. A fig leaf to prevent him having to state the obvious truth, that Sweden has over the last 10 years turned a blind eye to a mini genocide of its small Jewish population in order to appease it's growing muslim population.

When it comes to matters of race, religion, and the rise of Islamic extremism in Sweden, Ullenhag and this Reinfeldt government are following a long Swedish tradition of being utter cowards. They made a deal with Adolf Hitler in 1940 and now they're making a deal with the mullahs of Malmo. Once again the Jews are the losers.

22:34 August 22, 2011 by Smallnose
@ Iraniboy: the US is a large country, over 30 times more people than Sweden and a higher mulitple in media. If you want to prove your point you can always find a city, state or media-quote in the US which proves you're "right". And about statistics: you have lies, bigger lies and statistics. But there must be a reason in absolute and relative numbers a lot of Jews preferred to go to the US instead of Sweden...
22:59 August 22, 2011 by Valdemaratterdag
Or another way to look at it:

Crimes against Jews were at the rate of 80 per 10,000.

Crimes against Muslims were at the rate of 9 per 10,000.

In other words, your chances of being attacked for being a Jew were nearly 9 times than for being a Muslim.
23:27 August 22, 2011 by gh2008
mostly, Jews come from European countries or live in Sweden for tens of years. they know their rights and responsibilities. on the other hand, Muslims usually come from third world countries where governments don't teach rights to the public for obvious reasons. so, like the older sister Somalian who dropped the case just because they have been through worse scenarios back in their home country.
01:14 August 23, 2011 by HeltNorsk
First they came for the communists,

and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist.

Then they came for the trade unionists,

and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews,

and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Jew.

Then they came for me

and there was no one left to speak out for me.

Wouldn't now be a good time to speak up. I thought of this quote when I saw the violence in Malmo.
01:23 August 23, 2011 by Tysknaden
Example for user "Arbeitsbiene": Do you remember the tohuwabohu, wenn the Palestiniens said, a school was destroyed by Israeli aeroplanes? This lie was in every newspaper - in all the television news. Later the truth came into daylight: Explosives in the school. Placed by Hamas. Nearly no echo in the News.

And sometimes the journalists do forget to mention things. Like the Hitler greeting, sometimes used by Hamas by their public events. The Hitler posters they carried thrugh German streets! The "Well done, Adolf!" slogan on transparents, used for demonstrations in Germany. The frenetic "Israel shall die" shouting when the marvelous fleet with Mankell on board started it's voyage.

Or when this poor little Palestinian boy was shoot. This was used for propaganda. (Later it was to learn, he was shot by a Palestinian bullet.)
03:10 August 23, 2011 by Svensksmith
Hate breeds hate.
05:17 August 23, 2011 by xexon

They've been stirring this pot for the past 100 years. They've got world domination on their minds. A "New World Order".

The modern zionist movement started by Theo Herzl has since degenerated into a white Jewish supremacist movement. Racist and militant, these are the people who founded modern Israel.

Zionism is a parasitic entitiy that requires a host body. It's almost gutted true Judaism and is doing much damage inside the US Christian community. Their operatives are thick in the US government, especially the State Department. Where they write US foreign policy concerning the Middle East.

The hatred towards Jews is a result of Israel misbehaving itself. People have bought the line that Israel is a Jewish state and it represents world Jewry. The reality is Israel is a zionist state and only represents zionists. As a result, Israel has become the number 1 manufactuer of anti-semitism because of it's ethnic cleansing and apartheid society. Of which regular Jews around the world wind up having to pay for.

Zionism maintains it's power by cultivating enemies in secret and then offering protection against them when they show up. Radical Islam, the kind we know today, was born as a response to radical Judaism expressing itself through the zionist movement.

They're using Christians as their main power source these days. Because they're blind to anything other than the holy land image. The "war on terror" is a smokescreen to hide what they're doing.

Steven King on LSD couldn't have come up with a stranger scenario than this.

And it's not going to end well. For any of us...

05:34 August 23, 2011 by ericrufinosiah
I,for one would never belief that natives Swedish had a hatred for Jews,for the

simple reason that the Jews never try to imposed their cultures on others and

also they never asked for special privileges unlike some and the most important

thing is that the Jews are never a threat to Sweden or anywhere and for the most

part they are being victimised.Today,in Sweden just compare the population growth between the Jews and the other immigrants and the unnecessary problem

and primitive cultures a certain immigrant group had been trying to introduced to the Swedish people.
07:55 August 23, 2011 by SP
what about Hindu and Buddhist?
10:16 August 23, 2011 by eppie
I read comments of several people saying that leftist groups hate jews. What a nonsense is this!

1st critisizing Israel and hating Jews is not the same.

2nd during WW2 socialists and communists in many countries were the only ones who were helping Jewish refugees to hide form the german occupiers.
11:32 August 23, 2011 by Lavaux
I've heard several ethnic Swedes make questionable comments about the Jews. I didn't consider them anti-Semitic, though, because they correctly pointed out how Jews tend to be different from ethnic Swedes. If there's any friction there, it's because too many Jews insist on working hard and outshining others when they should be more careful not to do too well and make others (i.e. Swedes) look dull by comparison.

Not so with Muslims, who refuse to integrate based on their belief in their own inherent moral superiority and hegemonic destiny. It is not enough for a Muslim to love good, defined as Sharia law; they must also hate evil, i.e. the violation of Sharia law. For Swedes, this kind of intolerance is itself evil, setting up an interesting conflict in absolutist worldviews.

Jews living in Sweden have nothing to fear from ethnic Swedes. Can't say the same about other kinds of Swedes, though.
12:27 August 23, 2011 by engagebrain
05:17 August 23, 2011 by xexon wrote

Zionists........They've been stirring this pot for the past 100 years. They've got world domination on their minds.

The evidence being provided by one A.Hitler ?

Given that there are only around 10 million jews in the world many of whom live in a small country that lacks oil or any mineral wealth, in a very undesirable part of the world - the plan isn't going very well.
13:33 August 23, 2011 by Grokh
eversince i came to live in sweden i havent met one single jew, no idea where this jew hate thing comes from... but then again most of it is usually in malmö where all the weird stuff happens -_-x.

as for anti muslim websites, im pretty sure there are alot of muslim websites that are extremist and havent been taken down, so if they are gona judge right wing christian racist websites they need to judge the right wing islamic anti western websites aswell.
13:39 August 23, 2011 by bells on the knight
so what we live in a free society. there will always be comments about whatever.

interestingly Islam doesn't recognize hindus, buddhists etc and for the interested check up this: www.thereligionofpeace.com
15:19 August 23, 2011 by irridium

Don't you know? Buddhists, Hindus, Zoroastrians, etc.. don't count. You are only xenophobic if you don't like Muslims :-\
15:47 August 23, 2011 by swe-usa
@Valdemaratterdag. What about each groups propensity to report crime. Muslims may be more tolerant to some crime or less likely to trust police enforcement, and therefore decreasing their report rate.
13:17 August 24, 2011 by Scambaiter
These new survey results should have right-wing bigots like syftesfel and the rest of the white supremist riff raff happy.

15,000? ...That's a lot of bigoted sickos out there infesting the Internet, or maybe just a few very productive sickos...wonder if another of them will morph into a Breivik copycat?
14:38 August 24, 2011 by jostein
#37 Scambaiter

If its any consolation, a majority of these sites will be less hatefull than your own comment. I mean, to me at least, your comment just seemed an attempt at dehumanising those that have a different opinion than you do?
15:14 August 24, 2011 by xexon

Isn't it? Let me give you a view not many people are capable of.

The zionists collaborated with the nazis in WWII. Fed some of their own kin to the camps. Eventhough zionists are Jews themselves, they're more about agenda, not Jews. And will gladly use them. They targeted specific elements, like the rabbinical leadership. All in in effort to swing the face and power of Judaism to the zionist way of thinking. They were successful.

After the war, these same zionists founded a zionist state called Israel. Ignore the Jewish state claim. It's false.

These folks are still interested in world domination. While Islam is the preferred whipping boy, Jews are also in danger. Israel is a trap. One baited for Jews.

When they decide to close the door behind them, almost half the world's Jews are going to die inside a boxcar called Israel. Israel is expendable, you see. The zionist masters who live in Europe designed it that way.

Racism and bigotry are used by them to herd populations like cattle. If you want to diffuse this hatred, you have to go to Europe and find these people who are the driving force behind it all.

I suggest you hurry. There's a 4th reich on the rise.

15:30 August 24, 2011 by Bobafetto08
Yeah right, how convenient for the followers of the religion of perpetual outrage. This report is bs! In Sweden hate-crimes against Muslims are, if not non-existent, then very rare. Furthermore, what Ullenhag, the Muslim pandering assclown and epitome of weakness and naivety, isn't telling you, is that the overwhelming majority of the attacks on Jews are coming from the Muslim community. The lumping together of Muslims with Jews is merely meant to provide a cover for the activities of Muslims (google Jews flee Malmö) engaging in hate-crimes and anti-Semitic behavior against the tiny Jewish minority in Sweden.
17:27 August 24, 2011 by guliver

because of people like you the war will go head bringing suffering to both sides more for you and your people
21:36 August 24, 2011 by mkvgtired
"Hate the US all you want, but at least don't be an idiot." That is a very tall order for him.

"Given that there are only around 10 million jews in the world many of whom live in a small country that lacks oil or any mineral wealth, in a very undesirable part of the world - the plan isn't going very well." LOL, my thoughts exactly.
09:49 August 25, 2011 by guliver

From the security room in Beer-Sheva ,hearing in this moment the fall of the Grad missles on our city,I tell you what we have told you for the last 63 years,you will never eliminate us and our state, you speak about racism ,I will tell about your terrorist attacks every day for the last 63 years against us.
12:06 September 6, 2011 by sjuttiosjusköterskorpåsjukhuset
tgolan: I agree with you. Sweden made the fatal mistake of allowing way too many Muslims into the country. Sweden of the 1970s--the Sweden that I remember--will never come back again. Those were far more peaceful times and Sweden had Jews then, but not all these violent Muslims.
08:38 September 16, 2011 by AbeBird
Sweden and all of Europe deserve what they get. We stand before Islam that is in process of overcoming Christian Europe. It's a suitable punishment for the European bigots that murdered their Jews 70 years ago and ever since they are attacking the Jewish Palestinian state, wishing to complete their task to annihilate the Jews. Its history ridiculous hinder that the very Muslims that carry the main task now to eliminate the Jews are spreading like a cancer into the very flesh of the Europeans. It's a turning point event of history!
19:29 December 16, 2011 by ramshead
If Sweden doesn't reject all these special Muslims demands these infidels will destroy your culture. We have the same problem in USA with our liberals and the resentment is growing here too. It's time to tell them no and go back to their countries where they can subjugate their women, and treat non-Muslims as dhimmi citizens, in other words as inferiors. That's their history and that's their life and to think otherwise, is more than stupid, it's suicidal. We all must take a stand.
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