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The Uncomfortable Truth About Swedish Anti-Semitism

Today, entering a synagogue anywhere in Sweden usually requires going through security checks, including airport-like questioning. At times of high alert, police officers with machine guns guard Jewish schools. Children at the Jewish kindergarten in Malmo play behind bulletproof glass. Not even funerals are safe from harassment.

Jewish schoolteachers have reported hiding their identity. A teacher who wouldnt even share the city where she teaches for fear of her safety told a Swedish news outlet: I hear students shouting in the hallway about killing Jews. Henryk Grynfeld, a teacher at a high school in a mostly immigrant neighborhood in Malmo, was told by a student: Were going to kill all Jews. He said other students yell yahoud, the Arabic word for Jew, at him.

A spokesman for Malmos Jewish community put the situation starkly. You dont want to display the Star of David around your neck, he said. Or as spokesman for the Goteborg synagogue put it, Its a constant battle to live a normal life, and not to give in to the threats, but still be able to feel safe.

The question that has dogged Jews throughout the centuries is now an urgent one for Swedens Jewish community. Is it time to leave?

Some are answering yes. One reason is the nature of the current threat.

Historically, anti-Semitism in Sweden could mainly be attributed to right-wing extremists. While this problem persists, a study from 2013 showed that 51 percent of anti-Semitic incidents in Sweden were attributed to Muslim extremists. Only 5 percent were carried out by right-wing extremists; 25 percent were perpetrated by left-wing extremists.

Swedish politicians have no problem condemning anti-Semitism carried out by right-wingers. When neo-Nazis planned a march that would go past the Goteborg synagogue on Yom Kippur this September, for example, it stirred up outrage across the political spectrum. A court ruled that the demonstrators had to change their route.

There is, however, tremendous hesitation to speak out against hate crimes committed by members of another minority group in a country that prides itself on welcoming minorities and immigrants. In 2015, Sweden was second only to Germany in the number of Syrian refugees it welcomed. Yet the three men arrested in the Molotov cocktail attack were newly arrived immigrants, two Syrians and a Palestinian.

The fear of being accused of intolerance has paralyzed Swedens leaders from properly addressing deep-seated intolerance.

Some of the countrys leaders have even used Israel as a convenient boogeyman to explain violence. After the terrorist attacks in Paris in November 2015, Swedens foreign minister, Margot Wallstrom, explained radicalism among European Muslims with reference to Israel: Here, once again, we are brought back to situations like the one in the Middle East, where not least, the Palestinians see that there isnt a future. We must either accept a desperate situation or resort to violence.

In an interview in June, Prime Minister Stefan Lofven was asked whether Sweden had been nave about the link between immigration and anti-Semitism. His response was typical of the way in which leading politicians have avoided giving straight answers about the threat against the countrys Jews: We have a problem in Sweden with anti-Semitism, and it doesnt matter who expresses it, its still as darn wrong.

But the problem has grown so dire that it finally forced Mr. Lofven to admit in an interview this month: We will not ignore the fact that many people have come here from the Middle East, where anti-Semitism is a widespread idea, almost part of the ideology. We must become even clearer, dare to talk more about it.

Hes right. Unfortunately, the countrys news media is often unable to speak plainly about the issue.

Two years ago, Swedens biggest newspaper, Aftonbladet, published a column that ridiculed the notion that Jews were talking of leaving the country because of anti-Semitism, dismissing it as lying and hysteria, and scoffing at the especially cool machine guns that police officers use when protecting Jewish schools. The same newspaper accused Israel of harvesting Palestinian organs in 2009 the modern equivalent of the blood libel.

On Dec. 6, Swedens state TV attributed President Trumps announcement on Jerusalem to the supposed extreme strength of the so-called Jewish lobby in the United States. The channel later apologized. TT, Swedens leading news agency, cited influential Jewish donors in its analysis of the move. Attack against synagogue linked to Trump, was the headline chosen by Swedish Metro to explain the fire bomb attack in Goteborg.

There are many areas in which Israel deserves criticism, but the Swedish press often crosses the line into vilification of the Jewish state and regularly insinuates that events in the Middle East are directed by powerful Jews in the West. This risks stoking already dangerously high anti-Jewish sentiment.

What can be done?

For starters, there are growing demands from Swedens Jewish organizations for the state to do more to protect them. These days, Jewish institutions rely heavily on member fees and their own security organizations for protection. But keeping citizens safe is a basic job of the government.

It is also vital for Sweden to adopt a coherent strategy to combat radical Islamism. The country has become one of Europes richest recruiting grounds for Islamic State fighters. Five people were killed in an Islamist attack in downtown Stockholm in April, and Swedish Islamists have been involved in other deadly attacks in Europe, including in Paris and Brussels.

One aspect of this strategy must be for the authorities to regain control over immigrant neighborhoods, where organized crime is rampant. In addition, Sweden has had a laissez-faire attitude toward religious schools, tax-funded through a voucher system. This has allowed extremists to exert influence over the minds of young people. Taxpayers shouldnt have to fund radicalization.

The government should also do more to counter attempts by foreign clerics to radicalize its Muslim community with a fundamentalist interpretation of Islam, including the insidious idea that the Holocaust is a lie. In Sweden, as in other European countries, radicalization of Muslims is often funded and organized by foreign entities.

None of these efforts can be successful, however, without openly acknowledging the nature of modern anti-Semitism in Sweden.

During his state visit to Sweden in 2013, President Barack Obama didnt hesitate to call out the countrys anti-Semitism problem. Speaking at Stockholms main synagogue, he included a subtle but unmistakable criticism of the attitude among Swedish politicians: We will stand against anti-Semitism and hatred, in all its forms. Swedish leaders should heed his words.

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Jew | Definition of Jew by Merriam-Webster

1 : a person belonging to a continuation through descent or conversion of the ancient Jewish people

2 : one whose religion is Judaism

3 a : a member of the tribe of Judah

4 : a member of a nation existing in Palestine from the sixth century b.c. to the first century a.d.

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Who are the Jews? What impact have the Jews had on the world? A powerful short film that reveals the real story behind “The Mystery of the Jews”. With remarkable insights by renowned historians, world leaders and perceptive authors. “The Mystery of the Jews” challenges the normative conception of human history. http://simpletoremember.com/

” “”EL MISTERIO DE LOS JUDOS”” “”LE MYSTRE DES JUIFS””O MISTRIO DOS JUDEUS”” “

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Haughty English, lively French, sober Germans, handsome Spaniards, ugly Russians, meek Jews, free-and-easy Americans, all drive, sit, or saunter here, chatting over the news, and criticzing the latest celebrity who has arrived–Ristori or Dickens, Victor Emmanuel or the Queen of the Sandwich Islands.So to the Jews old Canaan stood, While Jordan rolled between.One would think you had taken lessons of the Jews, coming at a fellow soThose are kind and gentle old Jews, but they ain’t any fonder of kissing the emotional highlights of Brooklyn than you be.This I learned from her benefactress; from the pious and charitable lady who adopted her in her orphan state, reared her as her own daughter, and whose kindness, whose generosity the unhappy girl repaid by an ingratitude so bad, so dreadful, that at last her excellent patroness was obliged to separate her from her own young ones, fearful lest her vicious example should contaminate their purity: she has sent her here to be healed, even as the Jews of old sent their diseased to the troubled pool of Bethesda; and, teachers, superintendent, I beg of you not to allow the waters to stagnate round her.Micawber, ‘Bills – a convenience to the mercantile world, for which, I believe, we are originally indebted to the Jews, who appear to me to have had a devilish deal too much to do with them ever since – because they are negotiable.Our ancestors were not more distinct from us, surely, than Jews are from Christians; they had “eyes, hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions;” were “fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer,” as ourselves.The provinces are inhabited by Moors, Pagans, Jews, and Christians: the last is the reigning and established religion.In the one community of Brownsville, for example, settled several years ago by an overflow of Russian Jews from the East Side of New York, there are now as many telephones as in the kingdom of Greece.And yet, on the faith of an honest man, I never spoke ill of any enchanter, and I am not so well off that I am to be envied; to be sure, I am rather sly, and I have a certain spice of the rogue in me; but all is covered by the great cloak of my simplicity, always natural and never acted; and if I had no other merit save that I believe, as I always do, firmly and truly in God, and all the holy Roman Catholic Church holds and believes, and that I am a mortal enemy of the Jews, the historians ought to have mercy on me and treat me well in their writings.So the poor fond pair laid by their wages, and loved each other silently, waiting, hoping for mademoiselle’s own marriage, as the Jews are waiting for the Messiah.Fogg returned on board to resume his former habits; while Passepartout, according to custom, sauntered about among the mixed population of Somanlis, Banyans, Parsees, Jews, Arabs, and Europeans who comprise the twenty-five thousand inhabitants of Aden.

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WATCH: Armed Suspect Walks into Convenience Store, Flees amid Barrage of Bullets

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Report: Officials Say Decertifying Iran Deal Has ‘Little Downside’

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Voice of America reported on Thursday that “some U.S. officials see little downside to decertifying the Iran nuclear deal,” but the tenor of those quoted in the piece might be better described as, “decertifying the deal is not a big deal.”

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‘Gun Violence’ Researcher: Confiscate ‘High Capacity’ Mags, Ban Gun Ownership for Alcohol Abusers


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Harvard Is Spending at Least $10,000 in Security Fees for Each Controversial Speaking Event

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The Uncomfortable Truth About Swedish Anti-Semitism

Today, entering a synagogue anywhere in Sweden usually requires going through security checks, including airport-like questioning. At times of high alert, police officers with machine guns guard Jewish schools. Children at the Jewish kindergarten in Malmo play behind bulletproof glass. Not even funerals are safe from harassment. Jewish schoolteachers have reported hiding their identity. A teacher who wouldnt even share the city where she teaches for fear of her safety told a Swedish news outlet: I hear students shouting in the hallway about killing Jews. Henryk Grynfeld, a teacher at a high school in a mostly immigrant neighborhood in Malmo, was told by a student: Were going to kill all Jews. He said other students yell yahoud, the Arabic word for Jew, at him. A spokesman for Malmos Jewish community put the situation starkly. You dont want to display the Star of David around your neck, he said. Or as spokesman for the Goteborg synagogue put it, Its a constant battle to live a normal life, and not to give in to the threats, but still be able to feel safe. The question that has dogged Jews throughout the centuries is now an urgent one for Swedens Jewish community. Is it time to leave? Some are answering yes. One reason is the nature of the current threat. Historically, anti-Semitism in Sweden could mainly be attributed to right-wing extremists. While this problem persists, a study from 2013 showed that 51 percent of anti-Semitic incidents in Sweden were attributed to Muslim extremists. Only 5 percent were carried out by right-wing extremists; 25 percent were perpetrated by left-wing extremists. Swedish politicians have no problem condemning anti-Semitism carried out by right-wingers. When neo-Nazis planned a march that would go past the Goteborg synagogue on Yom Kippur this September, for example, it stirred up outrage across the political spectrum. A court ruled that the demonstrators had to change their route. There is, however, tremendous hesitation to speak out against hate crimes committed by members of another minority group in a country that prides itself on welcoming minorities and immigrants. In 2015, Sweden was second only to Germany in the number of Syrian refugees it welcomed. Yet the three men arrested in the Molotov cocktail attack were newly arrived immigrants, two Syrians and a Palestinian. The fear of being accused of intolerance has paralyzed Swedens leaders from properly addressing deep-seated intolerance. Some of the countrys leaders have even used Israel as a convenient boogeyman to explain violence. After the terrorist attacks in Paris in November 2015, Swedens foreign minister, Margot Wallstrom, explained radicalism among European Muslims with reference to Israel: Here, once again, we are brought back to situations like the one in the Middle East, where not least, the Palestinians see that there isnt a future. We must either accept a desperate situation or resort to violence. In an interview in June, Prime Minister Stefan Lofven was asked whether Sweden had been nave about the link between immigration and anti-Semitism. His response was typical of the way in which leading politicians have avoided giving straight answers about the threat against the countrys Jews: We have a problem in Sweden with anti-Semitism, and it doesnt matter who expresses it, its still as darn wrong. But the problem has grown so dire that it finally forced Mr. Lofven to admit in an interview this month: We will not ignore the fact that many people have come here from the Middle East, where anti-Semitism is a widespread idea, almost part of the ideology. We must become even clearer, dare to talk more about it. Hes right. Unfortunately, the countrys news media is often unable to speak plainly about the issue. Two years ago, Swedens biggest newspaper, Aftonbladet, published a column that ridiculed the notion that Jews were talking of leaving the country because of anti-Semitism, dismissing it as lying and hysteria, and scoffing at the especially cool machine guns that police officers use when protecting Jewish schools. The same newspaper accused Israel of harvesting Palestinian organs in 2009 the modern equivalent of the blood libel. On Dec. 6, Swedens state TV attributed President Trumps announcement on Jerusalem to the supposed extreme strength of the so-called Jewish lobby in the United States. The channel later apologized. TT, Swedens leading news agency, cited influential Jewish donors in its analysis of the move. Attack against synagogue linked to Trump, was the headline chosen by Swedish Metro to explain the fire bomb attack in Goteborg. There are many areas in which Israel deserves criticism, but the Swedish press often crosses the line into vilification of the Jewish state and regularly insinuates that events in the Middle East are directed by powerful Jews in the West. This risks stoking already dangerously high anti-Jewish sentiment. What can be done? For starters, there are growing demands from Swedens Jewish organizations for the state to do more to protect them. These days, Jewish institutions rely heavily on member fees and their own security organizations for protection. But keeping citizens safe is a basic job of the government. It is also vital for Sweden to adopt a coherent strategy to combat radical Islamism. The country has become one of Europes richest recruiting grounds for Islamic State fighters. Five people were killed in an Islamist attack in downtown Stockholm in April, and Swedish Islamists have been involved in other deadly attacks in Europe, including in Paris and Brussels. One aspect of this strategy must be for the authorities to regain control over immigrant neighborhoods, where organized crime is rampant. In addition, Sweden has had a laissez-faire attitude toward religious schools, tax-funded through a voucher system. This has allowed extremists to exert influence over the minds of young people. Taxpayers shouldnt have to fund radicalization. The government should also do more to counter attempts by foreign clerics to radicalize its Muslim community with a fundamentalist interpretation of Islam, including the insidious idea that the Holocaust is a lie. In Sweden, as in other European countries, radicalization of Muslims is often funded and organized by foreign entities. None of these efforts can be successful, however, without openly acknowledging the nature of modern anti-Semitism in Sweden. During his state visit to Sweden in 2013, President Barack Obama didnt hesitate to call out the countrys anti-Semitism problem. Speaking at Stockholms main synagogue, he included a subtle but unmistakable criticism of the attitude among Swedish politicians: We will stand against anti-Semitism and hatred, in all its forms. Swedish leaders should heed his words.

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Jew | Definition of Jew by Merriam-Webster

1 : a person belonging to a continuation through descent or conversion of the ancient Jewish people 2 : one whose religion is Judaism 3 a : a member of the tribe of Judah 4 : a member of a nation existing in Palestine from the sixth century b.c. to the first century a.d.

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Who are the Jews? What impact have the Jews had on the world? A powerful short film that reveals the real story behind “The Mystery of the Jews”. With remarkable insights by renowned historians, world leaders and perceptive authors. “The Mystery of the Jews” challenges the normative conception of human history. http://simpletoremember.com/ ” “”EL MISTERIO DE LOS JUDOS”” “”LE MYSTRE DES JUIFS””O MISTRIO DOS JUDEUS”” ”

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Haughty English, lively French, sober Germans, handsome Spaniards, ugly Russians, meek Jews, free-and-easy Americans, all drive, sit, or saunter here, chatting over the news, and criticzing the latest celebrity who has arrived–Ristori or Dickens, Victor Emmanuel or the Queen of the Sandwich Islands.So to the Jews old Canaan stood, While Jordan rolled between.One would think you had taken lessons of the Jews, coming at a fellow soThose are kind and gentle old Jews, but they ain’t any fonder of kissing the emotional highlights of Brooklyn than you be.This I learned from her benefactress; from the pious and charitable lady who adopted her in her orphan state, reared her as her own daughter, and whose kindness, whose generosity the unhappy girl repaid by an ingratitude so bad, so dreadful, that at last her excellent patroness was obliged to separate her from her own young ones, fearful lest her vicious example should contaminate their purity: she has sent her here to be healed, even as the Jews of old sent their diseased to the troubled pool of Bethesda; and, teachers, superintendent, I beg of you not to allow the waters to stagnate round her.Micawber, ‘Bills – a convenience to the mercantile world, for which, I believe, we are originally indebted to the Jews, who appear to me to have had a devilish deal too much to do with them ever since – because they are negotiable.Our ancestors were not more distinct from us, surely, than Jews are from Christians; they had “eyes, hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions;” were “fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer,” as ourselves.The provinces are inhabited by Moors, Pagans, Jews, and Christians: the last is the reigning and established religion.In the one community of Brownsville, for example, settled several years ago by an overflow of Russian Jews from the East Side of New York, there are now as many telephones as in the kingdom of Greece.And yet, on the faith of an honest man, I never spoke ill of any enchanter, and I am not so well off that I am to be envied; to be sure, I am rather sly, and I have a certain spice of the rogue in me; but all is covered by the great cloak of my simplicity, always natural and never acted; and if I had no other merit save that I believe, as I always do, firmly and truly in God, and all the holy Roman Catholic Church holds and believes, and that I am a mortal enemy of the Jews, the historians ought to have mercy on me and treat me well in their writings.So the poor fond pair laid by their wages, and loved each other silently, waiting, hoping for mademoiselle’s own marriage, as the Jews are waiting for the Messiah.Fogg returned on board to resume his former habits; while Passepartout, according to custom, sauntered about among the mixed population of Somanlis, Banyans, Parsees, Jews, Arabs, and Europeans who comprise the twenty-five thousand inhabitants of Aden.

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WATCH: Armed Suspect Walks into Convenience Store, Flees amid Barrage of Bullets

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Report: Officials Say Decertifying Iran Deal Has ‘Little Downside’

Voice of America reported on Thursday that “some U.S. officials see little downside to decertifying the Iran nuclear deal,” but the tenor of those quoted in the piece might be better described as, “decertifying the deal is not a big deal.”

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‘Gun Violence’ Researcher: Confiscate ‘High Capacity’ Mags, Ban Gun Ownership for Alcohol Abusers

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Harvard Is Spending at Least $10,000 in Security Fees for Each Controversial Speaking Event

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