Shimon Samuels: If you can’t tell the truth about your comparison
of Zionism with anti-Semitism, you should be disqualified
Ilmar Reepalu is a scuzz-ball, a liar, and an anti-Semite. Reepalu, as mayor of a city that has an increasing Muslim demographic, has watched over the bizarre situation in which Jews, who have lived in that city long before the first wave of Muslims reached Sweden’s shores, have been victimized, discriminated against, and sadly forced to leave for safer areas elsewhere.
This has all happened under the watch of Ilmar Reepalu, who then linked Zionism and anti-Semitism together, while denying that he had done so, as well as lying about how no one has broached the subject in city hall meetings about the rise of aggression against Jews in his city, (he claims he wasn’t informed about it) though the public minutes to these meetings say otherwise.
The man is a real jerk and should be drummed out of office. It shows the arrogance of the man to allow his name and city to be mentioned in the “election of World Mayors” with his kind of track record, the word ‘chutzpah’ doesn’t even come close in describing it. KGS
The anti-Semitic chef-mayor of Malmö Sweden: to get the right flavor
of anti-Semitism brewing, just a pinch of me is all that is needed
SWC: In a letter to City Mayors and World Mayor coordinator, Tann vom Hove, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre’s Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, praised the organization’s annual election of ‘World Mayors’ who “excel in…leadership and vision, management abilities and integrity,social and economic awareness, ABILITY TO PROVIDE SECURITY…to FOSTER GOOD RELATIONS BETWEEN COMMUNITIES from different cultural,racial and social backgrounds”.
Nevertheless, Samuels expressed concern that “one of the 25 mayors shortlisted for the 2010 award, has reportedly contradicted the very qualities highlighted above. Mr.Ilmar Reepalu, is Mayor of Malmo, a Swedish city of some 300,000 of which over 60,000 are Muslim and 756 are Jews.”
The letter continued “on 27 January 2010, international Holocaust Commemoration Day, the daily Skanska Dagbladet began a series of articles on Malmo’s Jews, many of whom were helped by Danish fishermen to flee the Nazis to neutral Sweden. Others sought refuge from Communist Poland’s anti-Jewish incitement in 1968. The articles described their current harassment by neighbouring Muslim youth incited by Jihadist satellite television and websites – facts substantiated by the local police.”
Samuels stressed that “when interviewed, Mayor Reepalu blamed the situation on the Jews themselves as the community did not ‘distance itself from Israel’, thereby extraterritorialing his Jewish citizens and questioning their very loyalty to Sweden. He strangely told the Judisk Kronika (Jewish Chronicle),’the community showed no sympathy for me when I was threatened by the extreme right’.”
The Centre noted that,”as several of the children and grandchildren of those who sought refuge in Sweden, began to flee Malmo, Reepalu denied that Jews were ever attacked, adding for the British Sunday Telegraph,’…if they choose to leave, there is nothing [he] could do about it, ‘then presenting himself as the victim of an ‘Israeli’ lobby smear campaign out to silence him.”
The letter added that “Reepalu claimed his comments to the press had been distorted, until the correspondent publicized the recorded interviews, proving that the Mayor had not been misquoted. Thereupon, he briefly launched a cosmetic ‘Dialogue Forum for Jews and Muslims’, at the same time repeating his call for the former to denounce Israeli policy and equating ‘Zionism’ (the right of the Jewish people to sovereign self-determination) with ‘antisemitism'(the racism that resulted in the Holocaust).”
The Centre argued that “a Mayor who fails to stand up for all his citizens cannot be a role model and what Reepalu has said and done against Sweden’s Jews, especially in Malmo, should disqualify his candidacy for World Mayor 2010.”