Saturday, April 3, 2010

Sweden No Longer Celebrates Diversity

This disturbing news out of the town of Malmo, Sweden, would be troubling at any time of the year, but especially during the Passover season:
Marcus Eilenberg is a Swedish Jew whose family roots in Malmo run deep...Now the 32-year-old law firm associate feels the welcome for Jews is running out, and he is moving to Israel with his wife and two children in May.
That reason, he says, is a rise in hate crimes against Jews in Malmo, and a sense that local authorities have little desire to deal with a problem that has exposed a crack in Sweden's image as a bastion of tolerance and a haven for distressed ethnic groups.
Anti-Semitic crimes in Europe have usually been associated with the far right, but Shneur Kesselman, an Orthodox rabbi, says the threat now comes from Muslims.
"In the past five years I've been here, I think you can count on your hand how many incidents there have been from the extreme right," he said. "In my personal experience, it's 99 percent Muslims."
Anti-semitism seems to be on the rise in Europe generally, while the media and government keep their collective heads in the sand.

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