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August 21, 2012 7:54 am

Swedes Protest Rising Anti-Semitism

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A yellow swastika on blue background, commonly used as a symbol for the Swedish National Socialist Front. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Hundreds of Swedish Jews and non-Jews brought together by the Swedish Committee Against Anti-Semitism marched on the southern city of Malmo on August 18th, to protest the rise of anti-Semitism in the country. Willy Silberstein, head of the organization, said that “there were many more people than we expected” at the march.

In June, the Swedish government’s Twitter account, which is controlled by rotating citizen users, was taken over by a woman who wrote offensive posts about Jews, including that “in Nazi Germany, they even had to sew stars on their sleeves. If they didn’t, they could never know who was a Jew and who was not a Jew.” The number of anti-Semitic hate crimes has risen in Sweden since Israel’s Operation Cast Lead in Gaza in 2009, with 400 anti-Semitic incidents in Malmo in 2009 alone, according to the European Jewish Press.

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