Ynetnews: Sweden’s Jews ‘dying of 1,000 cuts’

Dr. Moshe Kantor, president of the European Jewish Congress (EJC), has warned that the Swedish Jewish community is in grave danger after a series of anti-Semitic incidents, most notably an attack on two Jewish women in Malmo early last week.
“The situation is intolerable for Jews in Malmo and every week we hear of another attack” Kantor said. “The community is slowly being pushed out; it is dying of ‘1,000 cuts.’ Each attack should be seen and dealt with as a part of a greater pattern to make Jewish life unsustainable in Sweden.”
“The attacks against Jews should be seen in their entirety and there is a concerted attempt to rid certain areas on Sweden, if not the whole country, of Jews.”
Last week, large swastikas were twice scrawled on several doors belonging to two separate Jewish homes in Malmo, according to a report in Sydsvenskan, a local daily. One of the homes was broken into, and a computer and Judaica were stolen.
The homeowners reportedly called police four times during the weekend as the assailants continued to return.
This follows an attack on a synagogue in Malmo, a rabbi viciously attacked in the street and several assaults carried out against the Jewish community in the last couple of months.
“The EJC will request a meeting with the prime minister of Sweden to discuss the issue and the need for greater policing, enforcement of anti-racism laws and a long-term strategy for dealing with the attacks on the Jewish community because we are reaching a tipping point for the Jews in Sweden,” Kantor said.
Lena Posner-Korosi, president of the Swedish Council of Jewish Communities and an EJC executive member, said that breaking into Jewish homes and deliberately stealing items of great personal and emotional value is outrageous.

related

Subscribe to EJC newsletter

Get EJC's bi-weekly newsletter, including the latest statements and news from the European Jewish communities, direct to your inbox.

European Jewish Congress will use the information you provide on this form to contact you. We will treat your information with respect and will not share it with others. By clicking Subscribe, you agree that we may process your information in accordance with these terms.

Statements

EJC welcomes practical handbook on the IHRA definition of antisemitism

EJC President Dr. Moshe Kantor welcomed the publication of a handbook for the practical use of the working definition of antisemitism of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) as a key tool in the fight against anti-Jewish hatred in Europe.

EJC President Kantor calls EU Court of Justice ruling “a heavy blow to Jewish life in Europe”

European Jewish Congress President Dr. Moshe Kantor has slammed the ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union which allows member states to permit the requirement of stunning before religious slaughter of animals for meat, as a fundamental attack on the basic rights of Jewish religious expression and practice.

EJC welcomes reestablishment of full ties between Israel and Morocco

The European Jewish Congress has welcomed and lauded the reestablishment of full ties and warm relations between the State of Israel and the Kingdom of Morocco.