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December 18, 2014 5:51 pm

Jews Must Assimilate to Become Swedes, Far Right Leader Declares

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Björn Söder, leader of the far-right Sweden Democrats. Photo: Twitter

After a difficult summer dominated by anti-Israel hostility from the political left and elements of the Muslim community arising from the war in Gaza, Sweden’s Jewish community, estimated at 20,000 strong, is now facing vilification from the far right.

Björn Söder, secretary of the anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats and deputy speaker in parliament, said Jews could become Swedish citizens but could not be Swedish unless they were assimilated. Founded in the 1980s by neo-Nazi and racist groups, the party has become a growing political force in Sweden, winning 13 percent of the vote in parliamentary elections earlier this year. The party claimed a major victory last month when it forced the newly-formed center-left government to call fresh elections in March 2015.

Lena Posner Körösi, president of the Official Council of Jewish Communities in Sweden, told The Guardian that Söder’s comments conveyed a message that Jews were untrustworthy and could not be considered real Swedes, “exactly like in 1930s Germany” from which her grandfather had fled.

“I am appalled that Sweden’s third largest party can express itself in this way about Jews and other minorities,” she said. “We have to take them really seriously. This not a small group of fanatics you can dismiss.”

Willy Silberstein, president of the Swedish Committee Against Antisemitism, told TT news agency: “I am a Jew, born in Sweden. I am as Swedish as Björn Söder.”

Söder also singled out the indigenous Sami people and Kurds in his comments, not just Jews. “Those who know me when it comes to Jews know I have long had a very strong commitment to both the state of Israel and the Jewish people,” he told Swedish Radio.

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  • In the 18th Century Voltaire attacked the Church indirectly by attacking the Hebrew Bible whose messianic prophecies the church claimed to have fulfilled. Voltaire dared not attack the Church directly. That would have been dangerous. I suspect the message of the Swedish Democrats is really directed at the growing Muslim community, which they dare not attack directly. Jews have lived in Sweden for generations with no problems.During the war many Jews found refuge in Sweden.

  • If you read his reply it was not fully quoted what he said especially since it was a leftist newspaper.One of the leaders of this party and still an outstanding member is Kent Ekeroth as well as his brother who are in your face Jewish.Unfortunately he got into an altercation with muslims and he couldn’t remain a leader for public perception in this party.However he still is.Look him up you’ll see.It’s probably the most pro Israel pro Jewish group in Sweden

    • He’s received threats on his life for being pro Jewish and pro Israel http://swedenandthejews.blogspot.COM/2006/04/2004.html

      ‘A small, but upcoming nationalistic party, the Sweden Democrats, is portrayed, mostly by various leftist youth parties and other organizations, as a right-wing extremist party with historical ties to Nazism. However, in an issued press statement they write:

      “Björn Söder threatened

      Sweden: On Tuesday 30 March Björn Söder, the deputy chairman of the Sweden Democrats, was the recipient of a threat in the form of an e-mail. The threat has been filed as a police complaint and is regarded by the party as a death threat.

      It was on Tuesday that Björn Söder received the e-mail from an unknown sender. The letter contained text that can be regarded as a death threat. The reason for the letter is Björn Söder’s statements in support of the state of Israel. Contents of the letter suggest that someone with Nazi sympathies is behind it. Björn Söder regards the threat seriously but emphasizes that his opinions won’t be affected.

      – I think that Israel is the only democracy in the region. Israel is continuously the target of attacks that lack comparison, and has, just like any other sovereign state, the right to defend itself against the attacks it’s been exposed to…”.’

  • Sergei

    So, Jews can became Swedish only if they stop to be Jewish. Only a small step to declare that even if they renounce their Judaism, they can’t be Swedish. And what else? Ah, yes, they should leave Sweden leaving all their possessions.

  • Eric R.

    This just goes to show you that in Europe, there is no difference between “far right” (I put in quotes since Nazis are in fact leftists) and “far left”.

    The one thing that unites Europeans across the continent and across the political spectrum is their fanatic, insatiable, irrational, genocidal hatred of Jews. They are still Hitler’s children, still Nazi savages, still depraved pieces of sh*t.

    Maybe Israel can get the Jews out, then nuke that miserable POS place and deliver the justice that it really deserved 70 years ago.

  • Jonah

    It seems you pick on those who turn the other cheek. If he attempts to put those same restrictions on Islam they will find his head rolling in the gutter.

  • Lauren Goldman

    “Those who know me when it comes to Jews know I have long had a very strong commitment to both the state of Israel and the Jewish people.” Well, the party was founded by Neo-Nazis and racists. Their rhetoric does sound like 1930s Germany, except the accent would be different. Throughout this past summer we have seen the declining safety of Jews in Sweden.

  • Barry Panensky

    Solution to this problem Kill him.
    NEVER AGAIN. Barry

  • rachel robinson

    It should be very easy for Israelis to assimilate. Many of them can easily look like Swedes. However, No Moslem will ever be mistaken for a Swede, but those antisemites are not demanding that Muslims assimilate. On top of being prejudiced they are just plain stupid.