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Daily Israel Report

Israeli Eurovision Delegation Threatened in Sweden

Members of the Israeli delegation to the Eurovision song contest in Sweden said they were the targets of anti-Semitic abuse.
By Arutz Sheva staff
First Publish: 5/19/2013, 5:04 PM

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Reuters

Members of the Israeli delegation to the Eurovision song contest in Malmo, Sweden, said they were the targets of anti-Semitic threats as they were walking down the street.

Alon Amir told Sveriges Radio on Tuesday that he and the other two Israelis were confronted by a group of men.

Amir told the men he was from Cyprus “because I knew where it was heading.” he told Sveriges Radio.

"They responded by saying, ‘Where are the Israelis staying, we want to bomb the place,’” Amir said. “It wasn’t a joke.”

Meanwhile, Malmo’s outgoing mayor, Ilamr Reepalu, recently provoked outrage after drawing a comparison between anti-Semitism and Zionism.

Furthermore, the chairman of the Malmo municipality’s Culture Committee, Daniel Sestrajcic, asserted on Wednesday that Israel should be excluded from the Eurovision, a major international event with delegations from 39 countries. “Israel can return when Palestine is free,” he shouted at a demonstration.