With anti-Semites like Malmö’s mayor, Ilmar Reeplau, helping to foment anti-Jewish sentiment amongst its Muslim immigrant community, the SWC wisely advises Jews to steer clear of the most southern city in Sweden. Interestingly enough, Reepalu would never dare demand from the Muslim community to denounce the Palestinian Authority and Hamas. KGS
Simon Wiesenthal Center to Issue Travel Advisory for Sweden – Officials Confer With Swedish Justice Minister Beatrice Ask
Stockholm, December 14th 2010
The Simon Wiesenthal Center, a leading Jewish Human Rights NGO, has announced it is issuing a travel advisory concerning Sweden due to harassment of Jewish citizens in the southern city of Malmo, the third largest city in Sweden. The decision was conveyed to Swedish Justice Minister Beatrice Ask, by Rabbi Abraham Cooper, the associate Dean of the Center and Dr. Shimon Samuels, Director of International Relations, during a wide-ranging meeting in Stockholm, earlier today.
“We reluctantly are issuing this advisory because religious Jews and other members of the Jewish community there have been subject to anti-Semitic taunts and harassment. There have been dozens of incidents reported to the authorities but have not resulted in arrests or convictions for hate crimes”, he added. “A contributing factor to this decision has been the outrageous remarks of Malmo mayor Ilmar Reepalu, who blames the Jewish community for failing to denounce Israel. The travel advisory urges extreme caution when visiting southern Sweden. It is not connected to last week’s Islamist terrorist bombing in the heart of Stockholm. (The Wiesenthal Center reevaluates its travel advisories every three months.)
“During our meeting with the Minister, we expressed our sympathies to the two people injured in Friday’s suicide bombing. We discussed how the Internet has changed the rules of engagement in dealing with the threats of terrorism”, said Rabbi Cooper, who directs the Wiesenthal Center’s Digital Terrorism and Hate Project. The Center also offered its expertise in inviting Swedish officials to participate in its Museum of Tolerance’s renowned Tools For Tolerance Law Enforcement training program. Over 10,000 US federal, state and local police and delegations from around the world including Canada, Germany, France have participated in the programs.