Daily Israel Report

EJC: Swedish Jewish Community 'Dying of 1,000 Cuts'

Sweden's Jewish community is in “grave danger” after a series of anti-Semitic attacks, warns the European Jewish Congress.
By Chana Ya'ar
First Publish: 12/6/2012, 11:48 AM

Stockholm, Sweden
Stockholm, Sweden
Israel news photo: Flash 90

Sweden's Jewish community is in “grave danger” after a series of anti-Semitic attacks, warns the European Jewish Congress. The statement came in the wake of an attack on two Jewish women earlier this week in the city of Malmo.

"The situation is intolerable for Jews in Malmo, and every week we hear of another attack,” said EJC President Dr. Moshe Kantor.

"The community is slowly being pushed out; it is dying of 'a thousand cuts.' Each attack should be seen and dealt with as a part of a greater pattern to make Jewish life unsustainable in Sweden,” he reported.

"The attacks against Jews should be seen in their entirety and there is a concerted attempt to rid certain areas in Sweden, if not the whole country, of Jews,” Kantor warned.

Earlier in the week, large swastikas were twice scrawled on several doors belonging to two separate Jewish homes in Malmo, according to a report published in the local daily Sydsvenskan.

One of the homes was broken into, and a computer and Judaica were stolen. The homeowners reportedly called police four times during that weekend as the attackers continued to return.

"Breaking into Jewish homes and deliberately stealing items of great personal and emotional value is outrageous,” noted Lena Posner-Korosi, President of the Swedish Council of Jewish Communities and EJC executive member.

The incident came on the heels of an attack on a synagogue in Malmo, a vicious attack on a rabbi in the street and several assaults carried out against the Jewish community in the last couple of months, Kantor added.

"The EJC will request a meeting with the Prime Minister of Sweden to discuss the issue and the need for greater policing, enforcement of anti-racism laws and a long-term strategy for dealing with the attacks on the Jewish community, because we are reaching a tipping point for the Jews in Sweden,” he said.

“I urge the political leadership not only in Malmo but the Swedish government to take all measures to end the spiral of increased hatred and violence against Jews in the country,” Posner-Korosi said.