Swedish PM to Meet His Party’s Youth Wing Over ‘Crush Zionism’ Chant
Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven will meet with leaders of the ruling Social Democratic Party’s youth movement over allegations of antisemitism in its ranks.
Members of the SSU youth league in the southern city of Malmo were recorded chanting the slogan, “Long live Palestine, crush Zionism!” at an international workers day rally on May 1.
The chant is based on a socialist song by a Swedish-Arabic musical group called Kofia.
The spectacle prompted an outcry from the small Jewish community in Malmo, a city where antisemitic incidents have been a frequent occurrence for at least a decade.
Joakim Sandell, chairman of the Social Democrat Party in Malmo, later offered an official apology to the city’s Jews.
Lofven’s press secretary, Gosta Brunnander, told journalists in Stockholm that the prime minister would visit Malmo on Friday.
“There should never be any doubt that the Social Democrats stand up against antisemitism,” she added. “If these values are not followed, the party leadership must take a clear stand. This is Stefan Lofven’s position.”
However, some opposition members of parliament have been critical of Lofven’s perceived slowness in responding to the incident in Malmo.
After the SSU in Malmo initially refused to apologize for chanting the anti-Zionist slogan, opposition MP Tobias Billstrom declared, “Lofven must take a stand, or the Social Democrats will face questions about their credibility [in the] struggle against extremism.”