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February 16, 2016 3:11 pm

Danish Star of ‘The Bridge’ Quits TV Show Over Feeling Unsafe as Jew in Sweden (VIDEO)

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Kim Bodnia in a poster for The Bridge. The actor said one reason he quit the show was because he did not feel safe working in Sweden as a Jew. Photo: Screenshot.

Kim Bodnia in a poster for The Bridge. The actor said one reason he quit the show was because he did not feel safe working in Sweden as a Jew. Photo: Screenshot.

A Jewish actor who starred in a Scandinavian television drama said one of the reasons he quit the show was because he did not feel safe working in Sweden, the UK’s Daily Mail reported on Tuesday.

During  an interview with Israeli Channel 10Danish actor Kim Bodnia, 50, at first cited issues with the script as the main reason he left the popular crime series The Bridge. He then said his decision was also fueled by the rise in antisemitism in Sweden, where much of the show is taped.

“[Antisemitism] is growing, especially in Malmo where we shot The Bridge in Sweden. It’s not very nice, and not very comfortable to be there as a Jewish person,” he said.

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“It’s easy for me to say no to work in Sweden,” he added. “It’s very easy, when they didn’t have the script right, I could say, ‘Well, I don’t feel safe there.'”

Bodnia also connected the rise in antisemitism in Sweden and Denmark to the growing number of migrants and refugees arriving in the region. He told Channel 10“[Among] the young people living there now, who come from outside into Denmark, this is growing too much.”

Bodnia played detective Martin Rohde in two seasons of The Bridge, which is filmed in both Sweden and Denmark. He originally signed up for a third season, but later announced his decision to quit the show in 2014, according to the Daily Mail. The actor, who was born in Copenhagen to a Jewish family of Polish and Russian descent, recently finished filming a television show in Israel called Hostages.

Watch Bodnia’s interview with Channel 10 in the video below:

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  • Bindon Blood

    I wonder what type of immigrant he could be referring to.Isn’t it a strange coincidence that anti Semitism in Scandinavia and Europe seems to have risen at exactly the same time as a lot of Muslims have come into these countries? But everyone knows that Islam is a religion of peace,perhaps someone should have told the Muslims.

  • Harry

    In 10th Century AD Sweden had a law on its books, long kept well hidden and obscure, the law was a Jew merchant can only sell used clothing, while a Christian or Pagan can sell new, so that Jews do not take over the industry.

    It directly disproves the lie that Jews are foreign to Sweden.

    Though you will have to search long and hard to find the 19th Century references to that law. (In fact these forced laws were how Sweden, one of the countries of Europe least willing to accept Christianity, was finally forcibly converted.)

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