Sweden at the crossroads: choice between dignity and anti-Semitism

Yesterday the entire civilised world remembered the 6 million Jewish victims who 60-odd years ago were selected for the worst anti-Semitic barbarity in modern time – the Holocaust.

With breathtaking callousness, yesterday was also the day Ilmar Reepalu, the Social Democratic mayor of Malmö who last year tried to stop Jews playing tennis in his city because they were Israelis, chose to make the following statements:

  • Zionism – The Jewish national movement that is the very cornerstone of the State of Israel – is “unacceptable”. Reepalu declares this in the same interview in which he nevertheless goes on to say that “At City Hall we do not deal with foreign policy – that is against the law.”
  • Reepalu regards Zionism, the Jewish national movement as an expression of “extremism … which places its adherents above all other groups and regards other people as inferior.” That is an odd claim bearing in mind that 20 percent of the Zionist State of Israel consists of Arabs – both Muslims and Christians – and the fact that the Jewish state is the only country to which Muslims fleeing Muslim-on-Muslim pogroms in Muslim states and regions such as Darfur and Nigeria deliberately cross several Muslim countries to claim refugee status in the world’s sole Jewish state. In fact, these “extremist” Zionists travel the world to bring aid to “inferior” groups of people suffering as a result of natural disasters – Hindus in India, Muslims in Turkey, Christians in Haiti, black Africans in Kenya, Asians in China. These are also the very same Zionists who, while under rocket bombardment from the Muslim regime in Gaza, transport hundreds of thousands of tonnes of supplies to the Hamas enclave – an area ethnically cleansed of all Jews, including the dead – even though the Hamas charter specifies as its aim the destruction of the Jewish state of Israel. Interestingly, Swedish Social Democratic mayor of Malmö Ilmar Reepalu has no comment on any other national movements. Only the Jewish national movement is selected for criticism.
  • Israel is described by Ilmar Reepalu as a “festering sore”. Reepalu has no comment on any other people’s native countries. Only the Jewish state is selected for criticism.
  • Jews who refuse to strongly and publicly criticise Israel “send the wrong signals” to the society around them. Reepalu has no comments on any other religious or ethnic groups who refuse to criticise their own native countries. For instance, he has not demanded that Malmö’s Muslims criticise Iran, Somalia, Saudi Arabia, the Palestinian Authority or Egypt for the countless documented human rights abuses in those countries. He does not feel that they “send the wrong signals” to the society around them if they do not express criticism of their native countries. Only Jews are selected for criticism.
  • Jews who demonstrate their support for Israel have themselves to blame if they are attacked. Reepalu has no comments on any other groups that demonstrate their support for countries such as Iran or terror groups such as Hamas or Hizbollah.
  • The only antisemitism that exists, according to Reepalu, comes from “the Right”; he does not accept that there is any Left-wing anti-Semitism or any Islamist anti-Semitism in Sweden. Despite thoroughly conducted investigations by the police which state the exact opposite.
  • The Jewish State of Israel has no right to self-defence according to Swedish Social Democrat Ilmar Reepalu. 10,000 Hamas missiles from Gaza fired over a period of 8 years at Israeli towns and villages merits no comment from the Social Democrat strongman of Malmö. It is only when Jews respond to the bombardment that he is spurred to comment – stating that Israel’s response is “disproportionate”. Israel’s response to the 2922 days of Islamist missile bombardment lasted 22 days. Disproportionate indeed.

The above hammer-blows against democratic belief systems and common humanity were delivered by Swedish Social Democratic mayor of Malmö Ilmar Reepalu, on the day when the civilised world commemorated the 6 million Jews selected for slaughter during the Holocaust.

Something is truly rotten in the state of Sweden, in Sweden’s Social Democratic party, when Ilmar Reepalu is allowed to make such statements, with such macabre timing – and is allowed to remain in office.

Social Democratic party leader Mona Sahlin needs to wake up to the dangers facing not only her party but her country. For the sake of Sweden’s well-being at home and reputation abroad.

Bearing in mind Mona Sahlin’s track record of photographic proximity to Islamist terror organisations and her remarkable denial as Minister of Integration that there was any anti-Semitism in Sweden, in particular not Muslim anti-Semitism (this was during a TV programme in which a 13 year old Jewish boy recounted his suffering at the hands of Muslim anti-Semites, the police have a detailed account of every attack), there may not perhaps be much point in expecting any response from Ms Sahlin.

Christians here routinely monitor the Jewish population. This is not a case of sinister profiling – rather, they bemoan the fact that after more than 200 years in what used to be a Scandinavian paradise, so many Jews are leaving the country for the safety of foreign shores, usually Israel. Christians watch and wonder. They wonder when it will be their turn to leave, and who will welcome them as they leave the country they have inhabited since the dawn of Christianity and indeed well before that.

Sweden is at a moral crossroads. And an ethnic, religious and existential one.

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