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Reepalu 'pleased' with Obama envoy talks

The Local · 25 Apr 2012, 16:32

Published: 25 Apr 2012 16:32 GMT+02:00

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“I think that we had a good conversation,” he said to local paper Sydsvenskan.

According to Reepalu, Rosenthal is very concerned about the increase in hate crimes that is happening not only in Sweden, but in the rest of Europe.

“She was very clear and said that anti-Semitism isn’t worse than any other racism,” Reepalu told the paper.

According to Reepalu, Rosenthal stressed the difference between anti-Semitism and a warranted criticism of the state of Israel.

“On the other hand it is important not to put the blame on Jews in Malmö or any other place for injustices committed by Israel, “ he told the paper.

Mayor Reepalu has been likened by some observers to British ex-mayor Ken Livingstone for his habit to put his foot in his mouth.

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

“It came up and she said that it is very important to watch one’s words and be careful of anything that can be interpreted as anti-Semitic,” Reepalu told Sydsvenskan.

Reepalu nevertheless claimed that comments of his which cause a stir usually do so because of misrepresentation or misinterpretation. But he admitted to the paper that his choice of words has sometimes been rather unfortunate.

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Rosenthal’s interest in Reepalu and his public statements, as the top local politician in the area, was also based on a misunderstanding, according to Reepalu.

“She believed that I was the highest authority for the Malmö police force, and that it is my fault that the police aren’t investigating hate crimes or allocating resources to protect the synagogue. And it was very good that we cleared that up,” he said.

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19:47 April 25, 2012 by rabbemos
There was an SS Officer named Reepalu from Estonia in World War II. Wonder if Illmar and this officer are related?

"The problem of anti-Semitism in Sweden is so widespread that the Simon Wiesenthal Center has advised Jews to avoid travelling to the country altogether: " There have been dozens of incidents reported to the authorities but have not resulted in arrests or convictions for hate crimes."

It should be also taken into account that there are a lot of other types of crimes Swedish police don't respond to or police at a level as one might be familiar with in other Western countries, such as rape and would and gang violence.

The budgets for police work are relatively low, the sentences relatively short, and the Swedish police for is for the most part are racially white so it has a hard time gathering intelligence on immigrant gang activity. In other words, Swedish police have challenges in fighting what most of its citizens would judge as being real crime.

On the other-hand, its very easy for police officers to sit in a bush next to the highway and hand out speeding tickets to the middle-class which in a day's work can net 20,000 SEK or so per police officer.

The police in Sweden are victims of being managed by a budget like anyone else hence, they often pick the enforcement of laws based upon the cost of the enforcement balanced against the cost to society for not enforcing those laws.

I know several Jewish families here in Malmö and because there are so few here I will not comment on what they tell me as I would not want to put them in harms way anymore than they already are.... but I can say that all the one's I know are law abiding citizens that deserve the same protections under the law everyone else receives.
19:48 April 25, 2012 by Children Of Adam
Yesterday, Human rights organization's reports accused some of the European countries for being racist toward Muslim and discriminating them. I hope Mr. Obama also send some envoy to advise those countries, not only to to solve Jews problem, because it is common for Jews to label anyone anti Jew.
19:56 April 25, 2012 by Uncle

"On the other hand it is important not to put the blame on Jews in Malmö or any other place for injustices committed by Israel, " he told the paper.

SOMEHOW he manages not to be misrepresenting and put the blame on muslims for the injustices of ALL the islamic dictatorships in the world.

Somehow and strangely coincidentally, the behavior of Sudanese, Somalian, Irani, Turkish, Iraqi, Syrian, Saudi, Egyptian and Yemenese governments do not cause "unfortunately misinterpreted" combinations of words out of the mouth of this nazi sob.

Somehow, other city mayors manage NOT to be visited by Obamas envoys.

Somehow, attacks on Jews everywhere else are condemned on the spot except the islamic countries, while this grandson of a fuhrer looks for "reasonable explanations" for this behavior and somehow no other swedish city experience mass expulsion of a NATION in Sweden of 21st century(!!!)...

How unfortunate!
20:42 April 25, 2012 by bcterry
This guy is so obvious it's laughable, i doubt he will ever lose an election.

He's a perfect fit for Malmo.
20:51 April 25, 2012 by Children Of Adam
"anti-Semitic term" is tool which is used by Jews in order to shut the world or keep them in darkness in order to justify their terror,barbaric action toward innocents civilians in middles or to justify occupying more lands.
22:08 April 25, 2012 by bcterry
"anti-Semitic term" is tool which is used by Jews in order to shut the world or keep them in darkness in order to justify their terror,barbaric action toward innocents civilians in middles or to justify occupying more lands."

"Saudis continue "reaching out" to Jews and Christians, while simultaneously teaching their children to hate those same Jews and Christians"

"Egypt: Muslim Brotherhood Holds Venomous Anti-Israel Rally, Vows to 'One Day Kill All Jews'"

"Muslims teach their children to hate jews"

Hamas charter,

"The prophet, prayer and peace be upon him, said: The time will not come until Muslims will fight the Jews (and kill them); until the Jews hide behind rocks and trees, which will cry: O Muslim! there is a Jew hiding behind me, come on and kill him!

This will not apply to Gharqad, which is a Jewish tree (cited by Bukhari and Muslim).
23:22 April 25, 2012 by Children Of Adam
To be honest I dont trust all Hadiths and the Prophet said "

Leave that which makes you doubt for that which does not make you doubt."

The Quran clearly states that if you kill an innocents you be in hell. So if any Muslims no matter when or what time would kill an innocent, does not matter if he is behind the stone or tree , super market or bus. For sure he be in hell.

"... Do not let hatred for a people incite you into not being just. Be just. That is closer to taqwa"" (Surat al-Ma'ida, 8)

"If any of the idolaters ask you for protection, give them protection until they have heard the words of Allah. Then convey them to a place where they are safe...." (Surat at-Tawba, 6)

I, myself might be from a Jewish tribe, and I would love to see all Jews in love and peace living in the Israel and I would love to see them also stop killing innocents and bombing them the children and when someone speaks against the Israeli terrorist action, then the Jews call the person " antisemitic" it should be stopped. (the term anti Semitic)
04:54 April 26, 2012 by TheWatchman
Children of Adam, I'm not really sure what you're trying to say. Hatred towards Jews is alive and well, and Jews aren't trying to shut anyone up. Provide proof that there is a plan by the Israeli government and military to kill children on purpose. Do it.
05:34 April 26, 2012 by Lavaux
The Jews.

Leftists hate them because they supposedly own all of the banks and run the world. Muslims hate them because the ones supposedly occupying Israel won't crawl into the sea and die. Europeans hate them because the orthodox ones reject secular humanism and relativism for religious faith, and worse, prosper out of proportion to their numbers. Only Americans like them because Americans like religious, successful people whose stubborn will to survive overcomes all odds.

The Americans.

Leftists hate them because they supposedly own all of the corporations of the world ...
06:59 April 26, 2012 by Uncle
Children Of Adam

To summarize all the arguments without being coherent, since they have been give 100 times:

Muslims joined the nazis in the WWII before Israel even existed.

Jews killed not even 1% of what muslims managed to murder since the WWII in Middle East and Africa. (Only Assad killed more people in 3 months, than palestinians killed in both intifadas in 10 YEARS)

If Swedish Jews are answerable for policies of Israel, how come ANY muslim still allowed to walk the streets, since 100% of your countries are involved in constant oppression, murder, torture and war.

If you connect EVERY Jew and his problems with anti-semitism to Israel, then it is obvious that the attacks on Jews are racial and therefore muslims perform the same action in violence and word as the nazis did. Therefore you have got yourself an excellent proof of pure nazism.

Your "I wish them Jews lived in peace bla bla bla" does not hide your nazi nature.

Jews complain about PHYSICAL and VERBAL attacks on them on the streets of Malmö by MUSLIMS. Constant attacks. On the street nobody speaks of Israel. People scream "Heil Hitlrer" and "Go back to the chambers". Your comrades beat up Holocaust survivors, who never has been is Israel. Here is another reason for you to be embarrassed by the pile of ... that your countries provide as immigration to Sweden, instead of protecting the fascist buddies..
09:03 April 26, 2012 by Iraniboy
Obama should instead listen to the recent International Human Right reports that are alarming an updated version of Anti-semism in 20th century in a form of Islamophobia in 21th century! Not that it once started in Balkan in the end of 20th century but it is rapidly growing thanks to funds feeding to the mainstream media and some political groups!
09:06 April 26, 2012 by engagebrain
20:51 April 25, 2012 by Children Of Adam

"anti-Semitic term" is tool which is used by Jews in order to shut the world

It is also used to describe people who hate jews. They existed long before Israel came into existance and exist regardless of Israel. Indeed a reason for the existance of Israel is that when jews are persecuted there will always be someone to stand up for them.

That said it is perfectly reasonable to be critical of Israel. provided the same criteria are used on other countries.
10:13 April 26, 2012 by Lukestar1991
Reepalu is rather alright. All of you nobjobs who sit trying to be sarcastic about him are as bad as that tit who confronted him on the street in the middle of a tv interview to tell him that he was standing on 'Meann Gataa'
10:49 April 26, 2012 by Kevin Harris
Break no bones about it, Ms Rosenthal was in Malmö to determine if the rumours about Mr Reepalu's anti semetism are true. If she decides they are, the US will alter its foreign policy, and its advice to US companies considering investment in southern and even greater Sweden. We all hope Mr Reepalu puts on a good show, but how did it come to be that billions of dollers of US investment should be put at risk by an ignorant local politician with medieval attitutes towards Jews?
11:37 April 26, 2012 by B Slick
But did IImar Reepalu ask the following important question of Hanna Rosenthal? Why does the United States continue to write "blank checks" and support "INJUSTICES COMMITED BY ISRAEL"? Simple, the answer is that the politicians in the United States will do anything to get the Jewish vote, Obama or Romney. The United Stated has and will always veto any and all motions in the UN that go against Israel even before the United States UN representive knows what the matter or issue is about . Its like saying "i am in full support of my friend at all times and under all circumstances reguardless if he helps old people, children at school, donates to the Red Cross and beats his wife up each night when he get home!!
11:54 April 26, 2012 by Uncle

"Obama should instead listen...." bla bla bla muslims are poor things.

Of course, the fact that muslms created Munchen of 1937 in Malmö is not important.

MUCH more important is the endless suffering of poor little muslims. For some reason Jews LEAVE Malmö and Paris, whereas muslims seem to increase their flow into these cities in SPITE of all the incredible horrors that ascend upon them
13:38 April 26, 2012 by AHA
What a coincident that the lady happened to be visiting Malmö and that´s how they came together !!!!!!!! Give me a break.

Who needs to be lectured on what anti-semitism is?

I cannot believe that Reepalu is that person.

The story has a distinct odor.
14:13 April 26, 2012 by McChatter
@The Local

Please get your facts right. The meeting was on Tuesday, not Wednesday. Mr. Reepalu did not say that he was "pleased" with the meeting. He "appeared" to be pleased. "Men Ilmar Reepalu (S) verkade nöjd:" is what Sydsvenskan wrote.
15:05 April 26, 2012 by Uncle
Children Of Adam

You seem to be irritated when Jews "whine" when attacked on the streets and kidnapped. Apparently when a muslim screams to the "Heil Hitler", they are too sensitive and get out an unjustified "anti-semitism" card. I totally understand that.

However, you seem to be rather quick to compare Bosnia to Holocaust. You compare 6 million non-resisting dead to a warring nation, where every sunni terrorist went through school in its time.

You seem to be one of those wonderful followers of Mohammad, who not only commonise anti-semitism as "nothing special", you also commonise Holocaust to the wars that muslims participate in.

All I sincerely wish is that muslims would be treated in the west, PRECISELY in the way muslims treat Jews. Not less, not more. With the same relation to the weight of crimes committed by the respective countries. That is my only wish.

Now, if you think that it is a good wish, you are welcome for the compliment. If you think that is not such a good one, you are welcome to blush and STFU forever.
05:53 April 27, 2012 by LordCthulhu
All glory to the Hypnotoad
13:06 April 27, 2012 by CJ from Sunshine Desserts
Ilmars comments aside I think its pretty patronising for the US to send a special envoy, we don`t interfere in the internal politics of the US, despite the illiteracy, poverty, organised crime, womens inequality etc....if it were up to me I would have sent her back at the passport control. Its a Swedish problem & up to us to solve it, I wonder if it was not for the powerfull Jewish lobby in washington if Obama would have ever even heard of Malmö..its a storm in a teacup & will soon blow over when the media has something else to write about. Put it into perspective, Jews in France are subject to even more hate than those in Sweden but there is no special task force being sent over ...maybe its because the Rabbi was from the USA ?
12:09 April 28, 2012 by guliver
CJ from Sunshine Desserts

The anti semitism in Europe from Spain in west to Russia in East and from Greece in south up to Scandinavia in north did not start in Sweden and not in Malmo ,it exsists in Europe for 3500 years with out breaking of the hate fire against the Jews in different periods of that long history,the Scandinavian countries were much tollerant respecting other countries,and Sweden and Sweds even helped and saved Jews during the 2 WW,but even though it has never dissapeared and all over the world even in USA and Britain or Australia the Jews have to protect their religiouse and cultural centers.

The Zionist movment with Theodor Herzl understood it allready in 1889.

The place of the Jewish people is in Israel, there they can live their religious life without getting bothered.
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