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U.S. Sends Anti-Israel Advisor to Anti-Semitic Sweden
Gatestone Institute ^ | April 17, 2012 at 5:00 am | Soeren Kern

Posted on 04/17/2012 4:55:18 PM PDT by Olog-hai

U.S. President Barack Obama's controversial anti-Semitism advisor, Hannah Rosenthal, will be visiting Sweden on April 24 to meet with Ilmar Reepalu, the famously anti-Israel mayor of the city of Malmö.

According to the American embassy in Stockholm, Rosenthal has been following the rise of anti-Semitism in Malmö for some time and wants to make sure that there are no politicians in the area that encourage discrimination, racism or hatred for Jews. …

Like other European countries, Sweden has experienced a significant uptick in anti-Semitic hate-crimes in recent years. Jews in Sweden are frequently subject to harassment and some have been physically assaulted; Jewish cemeteries in the country have repeatedly been desecrated; Jewish worshippers have been abused on their way home from prayer; and Jews have been taunted in the streets by masked men chanting phrases such as "Hitler, Hitler" and "Dirty Jew." Some Jews in Sweden have stopped attending prayer services out of fear for their safety.

The problem of anti-Semitism in Sweden is so widespread that the Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center has advised Jews to avoid traveling to the country altogether. "We reluctantly are issuing this advisory because religious Jews and other members of the Jewish community there have been subject to anti-Semitic taunts and harassment. There have been dozens of incidents reported to the authorities but have not resulted in arrests or convictions for hate crimes," the center said in a statement.

Malmö, the third-largest city in Sweden, has become an especially hostile place for Jews, who are increasingly subjected to threats, intimidation and physical violence. …

(Excerpt) Read more at gatestoneinstitute.org ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: antisemitism; malmo; soros; sweden

1 posted on 04/17/2012 4:55:27 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: WesternCulture

Isn’t most of the anti-Semitism coming from Islamic immigrants?


2 posted on 04/17/2012 4:57:52 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (A liberal's compassion is limited to the size of other peoples' paychecks)
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To: Olog-hai

I am not even sure that Malmo is under Swedish rule. Isn’t most of it a no-go zone for Swedish authorities?


3 posted on 04/17/2012 5:03:34 PM PDT by rod1 (CTLY)
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To: Clintonfatigued
Yes, and the article says so.

But not all; Ilmar Reepalu, the city’s mayor, is a Social Democrat and not a Muslim. Crime also went up under his tenure; Malmö got the nickname of “Sweden’s Chicago” as a consequence (one can see why).
4 posted on 04/17/2012 5:04:21 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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5 posted on 04/17/2012 5:05:22 PM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Olog-hai

Malmö, the third-largest city in Sweden, has become an especially hostile place for Jews, who are increasingly subjected to threats, intimidation and physical violence. …

No mention of Malmo’s high islamic population...


6 posted on 04/17/2012 5:09:58 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: tet68
It’s in there. Just not enough room because I used the “excerpt” check box.
The upswing in anti-Semitic violence in Malmö is being attributed to two key factors: the exponential increase in the number of Muslim immigrants in the city, as well as to Malmö's bigoted leftwing mayor, who rarely misses an opportunity to publicly demonize Israel.

Muslims now comprise between 20% and 25% of Malmö's total population of around 300,000, and local observers say most of the increase in anti-Jewish violence in recent years has been perpetrated by shiftless Muslim immigrant youth.


Anti-Semitism is also being stirred up by Ilmar Reepalu, the leftwing mayor of Malmö, who has a pathological obsession with Israel.

Reepalu, who has been mayor for more than 15 years, says Jews are to blame for anti-Semitism because of their support for Israel.

In January 2010, for example, Reepalu marked Holocaust Memorial Day by declaring that Zionism is racism because it is an "extreme ideology that puts one group of people over another."

In an interview with the daily newspaper Skånska Dagbladet, he also said: "I would wish for the Jewish community to denounce Israeli violations against the civilian population in Gaza. Instead it decides to hold a [pro-Israel] demonstration in the Grand Square [of Malmö], which could send the wrong signals."

Reepalu was referring to an incident in January 2009, during Israel's brief war in Gaza, when a small demonstration in favor of Israel was attacked by a screaming mob of Muslims and Swedish leftists, who threw bottles, eggs and firecrackers as the police looked on.

In July 2011, after a Hollywood film production company cancelled plans to shoot a movie in the southern Swedish province of Skåne due to concerns over anti-Semitism in Malmö, Reepalu cast his rage on the Simon Wiesenthal Center for issuing the travel warning.

Reepalu, in an interview with the newspaper Sydsvenskan, said: "I have a feeling that the Simon Wiesenthal Center is not really looking for what is happening in Malmö but they want to hang the people who dare to criticize the state of Israel. Are they once again saying I should be silenced? I will never compromise my morals."

More recently, Reepalu has accused Jews in Sweden of teaming up with an anti-immigrant party to "spread hate" toward Muslims.

In a March 22 interview with the magazine NEO about the rise of anti-Semitism in Sweden, Reepalu said the Jewish community has been "infiltrated" by the conservative Sweden Democrats party to promote their mutual disdain for Muslims.

Enter into the mix Hannah Rosenthal, who has been President Obama's Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism since November 2009.

Rosenthal's first official act in office was to rebuke Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren for describing the self-described "pro-Israel" activist group J Street as "dangerous" to Israeli security. J Street—which says it aims to "redefine" what it means to be pro-Israel, and has repeatedly worked to undermine Israel's fight against terrorism—is funded by George Soros, an anti-Israel secular Jewish billionaire who blames Jews for anti-Semitism. …

7 posted on 04/17/2012 5:47:37 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai; Nachum; SJackson

Bump!!

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8 posted on 04/17/2012 6:11:17 PM PDT by Absolutely Nobama (The Right Of You To Be You Is At Stake....Resist Cultural Marxism!)
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To: Olog-hai
"Rosenthal made no mention of the fact that Lithuania is spending millions of euros on a pernicious campaign to obtain official recognition by the European Union that the crimes of communism are equivalent to those of the Nazis."
How is the truth pernicious?
9 posted on 04/17/2012 6:20:10 PM PDT by rmlew ("Mosques are our barracks, minarets our bayonets, domes our helmets, the believers our soldiers.")
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To: rod1
I am not even sure that Malmo is under Swedish rule. Isn’t most of it a no-go zone for Swedish authorities?
As far as I know only two neighborhoods, well outside the city center are. However, I have not been there is 3 years.
10 posted on 04/17/2012 6:32:58 PM PDT by rmlew ("Mosques are our barracks, minarets our bayonets, domes our helmets, the believers our soldiers.")
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11 posted on 04/17/2012 6:50:21 PM PDT by RedMDer (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=93)
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