Antisemitic incidents have been on the rise in schools in Malmö , Sweden, despite the city’s ongoing efforts to combat hatred against Jews. Offensive chants and graffiti have resurfaced, causing concern.
Malmö had been making progress in addressing antisemitism until the Israel-Hamas conflict on October 7 reignited tensions.
Sara Wettergren, a school counselor, explained in an interview with SVT, a Swedish news outlet, that the conflict “goes directly into our classrooms,” with reports of disturbing incidents, including references to Hitler and Holocaust denial.
Mira Kelber, chairperson of Jewish Youth in Malmö , highlighted the fear among students, saying to SVT, “Many young people are afraid. They don’t dare stand up and speak.”
The municipality has collaborated with the Jewish congregation, producing educational materials about the Israel-Palestine conflict. Year 9 students visit Auschwitz-Birkenau, and two antisemitism coordinators are in place.
Despite these measures, antisemitic graffiti recently appeared at Malmo Borgarskola, a school known for its anti-hate efforts. According to SVT, principal Martin Roth vowed to remove it.