Jewish politician in Finland attacked by anti-Semite

03 June 2011

Finland's most prominent Jewish politician, Parliament Speaker Ben Zyskowicz, has been assaulted by a man shouting a racial slur against Jews. Zyskowicz, a member of the National Coalition Party who was recently appointed as president of the Finnish parliament, was attacked by a middle-aged man in Helsinki, the local newspaper 'Ilta-Sanomat' reported. "The situation was quite out of nowhere. He came directly at me and tried to hit me in the face. However, I managed to swerve,” the newspaper quoted Zyskowicz as saying. He said the assailant had called him a “jutkuksi”, a Finnish slur against Jews. The 57-year-old politician was not injured in the incident.

Zyskowicz is the first member of the 1,500-strong Jewish community of Finland to be elected to parliament. “These attacks are rare,” Israeli-Finnish blogger Dennis Mitzner told the 'Jerusalem Post', adding: “If you walk around Helsinki any time you’ll find Zyskowicz at a cafe having lunch. He’s one of the most visible politicians and is very accessible, perhaps the most popular politician in the country. I don’t remember the last time a Jew was attacked in Finland.”

Finnish President Tarja Halonen condemned the incident, and Zyskowicz said he wouldn’t press charges against his assailant.

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sheila ginsberg

Wed, 08 Jun 2011

Shame on you Zysjowicz.Y ou should press charges. You appear to be cowardly.Do you think that by not doing so the problem will be solved? Take a lesson from WW2. Jews must stand up for our rights.