Dr.Manfred Gerstenfeld, Chairman of the Board of Fellows at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, while speaking during a press conference
in Oslo (24.03.2010) for his recently released book “Anti-Semitism in Norway”, made the following prolific near-perfect prediction:
“The problems of Malmö as a European capital of hatred had been known to experts for four years at least. Now they suddenly are widely known internationally. Will Oslo be the next Malmö? In my opinion what happens here concerning anti-Israelism and anti-semitism will reach the international press in six months to two years. Whether you want to solve the problem before, the Norwegians have to decide themselves. Thank you for your attention.”
Concerning the city of Malmö, the hub of Muslim immigration and anti-Semitism in Sweden and that of Oslo, the dear doctor made only a slight mistake in his forecast, in fact it took only less than a week. Here is an article from the Swiss daily NZZ (Neue Zurcher Zeitung), which is considered one of the leading media in the German language. It equates Norway and Malmö in regards to their anti-Semitism and anti-Israelism. KGS
Aldo Keel ⋅ In Norway television reports about anti-Semitism in schools causes stir.
As a father laments, teenage Muslims would want to hang his son because he was a Jew. A Teacher talks “of” notorious bullying. Hitler was regarded as a “good sport,” the West as a Jewish protectorate. Lessons on the Holocaust would be greeted with derision. TV shows have a bad influence from the Middle East, which can be received via satellite. The station showed scenes of Palestinian children of primary school age, who agreed to kill Jews, if Allah wishes. Israeli policy has little sympathy in Norway, which was once considered as a peacemaker. Recently, even some bishops of the Established Church considered a call for a boycott of Israeli goods. In Norway, there lives 1300 Jews and 150 000 Muslims.
The reports shocked. The Secretary General of the Islamic Council and representatives of Christian churches paid the Oslo synagogue a visit solidarity. The Christian People’s Party, pointed out that it had already launched a year ago an action plan against anti-Semitism. Liberal MPs and Muslim Abid Q. Raja asked in Parliament the left-Integration Minister: “Do Muslims in Norway enjoy a special protection that they makes them untouchables?” Raja suggested to the Minister a reconnaissance tour of Oslo’s mosques. A working group is to take care of the problem now.
In Sweden, the city of Malmö is at the core. It counts 265 000 inhabitants, among them 700 Jews and 60 000 Muslims, who live partly in Rosengård district in miserable conditions. Not long ado, “Skånska Dagbladet” did a series of articles examining rampant anti-Semitism. During the war in Gaza, the aggressive mood vented into violent riots. And Malmö Jews took to the street, they were attacked with fire works. A 86-year-old Auschwitz survivor told the Finnish newspaper Hufvudstadsbladet, “as she was pushed into a street, shouted at by “youths”, all Jews should be killed.
In 2009 there were registered in the province of Scania twice as many anti-Semitic crimes, as in the previous year. An arson attack on the chapel of the Jewish cemetery, grave desecration, and continued threat of Jewish shopkeepers were recorded. An artist turned cans labeled “Zyklon B – poison gas” against the Jewish community. In neighboring Helsingborg was trying to light the synagogue on fire. The Palestinian conflict even has effected as far down the the 6th League of football, where the Jewish Hakoah FC in grouped to play with FC Palestine and it was asked to be reclassified to no avail.
During last year’s match fans supporting FC Kosovo, stormed the field and strated hunting down the Jewish players, but were protected by the players of the Kosovo team. Already the exodus has begun for Jewish families. «Skånska Dagbladet». “Imagine that such a fantastic country like Sweden cannot give a sense of security to my family” sighs, a father to the “Skånska Dagbladet.” His anscestors fled the Russian pogroms of the Jews in the 19th Century. Now his son is called a “Jewish pig” on his way to the Malmö synagogue .
Every local politician would instinctively pick up on such a problem writes the left-liberal the Stockholm newspaper “Dagens Nyheter. But the Social Democratic mayor Ilmar Reepalu push the blame to the victims. Reepalu asked in an interview published on Holocaust Remembrance Day Malmö’s Jewish community to distance itself from abuses committed by the Israelis in Gaza. He also said that it was not Malmö problem if Jews wanted to move to Israel. Now there’s a forum for dialogue is supposed to reduce tensions.