Anti-Semitic hate crimes: Situation in Malmö improving despite surge in recorded incidents

19 August 2013

Anti-Semitic incidents in the Swedish city of Malmö have almost tripled in the past 18 months, compared to the two previous years, the ‘Jewish Chronicle’ reports, unlike in the rest of Sweden. Local authorities say the increase reflects the fact that the police are taking the problem more seriously and that there is growing confidence in the police. Police recorded 60 hate crimes against Jews in the city in 2012, up from an average of 22 in 2010 and 2011. During the first six months of 2013, police reported 35 such attacks in the southern Swedish city, the third largest in the country, putting it on a pace to break last year’s record.

Malmö’s new mayor, Katrin Stjernfeldt Jammeh, has vowed to fight hatred against Jews. “As a politician in Malmö, I will in any way I can work against anti-Semitism and other forms of racism, in word and in deed,” she was quoted by the 'Jewish Chronicle' as saying.

Stjernfeldt Jammeh’s predecessor, Ilmar Reepalu, faced widespread criticism for failing to address Malmö’s problem with anti-Semitism. The new mayor says she has been in contact with the Jewish community and is looking forward to cooperating with them.

Thomas Bull, head of the Malmö police’s hate crime unit, says hate crimes are being taken more seriously. He expresses hope for convictions in at least five cases currently being investigated.

About 30 percent of Malmö’s 300,000 residents belong to families of immigrants from Muslim countries. Radical members of that population were responsible for most of the attacks against Jews, the local Jewish community said. Reepalu, who left his post in February after 28 years in office, at one stage blamed the rise in anti-Semitism on Jews publicly supporting Israel, and he advised them to distance themselves from Israel's action in order to remain safe. Since Reepalu's departure, police are more alert to hate crimes, said Fred Kahn, chairman of the board of the local Jewish community (pictured above at a Malmö synagogue vandalized in 2011).

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Samir S. Halabi

Mon, 10 Mar 2014

I suggest that some of the 700 Jewish community (radically reduced from around 7,000 some years ago because of Jew-hatred emanating from the immigrant Muslim community) who are young men and possibly served in the Army, or at least have some self defense knowledge, should patrol some of the streets at night wearing Kippot and keeping military trained possibly Black Russian Terrier (M) dogs as company. some of these dogs can stand to his shoulders from 74 c/m to over 81 c/M and weigh anything from around 65 kg to 80kg. I doubt very much that any Muslim with an inkling of harming any Jews would think twice.

tusich

Fri, 25 Oct 2013

As the immigrants from muslim countries, this community should be put in order, as they are in a country with another cultural values or religious veiws. They are required to respect it and live in peace. It's a great news police is united to fight it

Linda Cedarbaum

Mon, 19 Aug 2013

I am glad the new mayor is in contact with the Jewish community and supports the police prosecuting anti-Semitic hate crimes. That is the basic expectation the public has for a mayor and the police. More than protection, prosecution and public relations, the Malmo leadership should be actively opposing intolerance and hatred by the Muslim community. they should be leading by example, educating the muslim community in tolerance and demanding they get in step with the host society's mores of coexistence. The fault lies in the Swedish tolerance of Intolerance.