Gothenburg Administrative Court of Appeal forces Nazis to change march route away from synagogue

The Gothenburg Administrative Court of Appeal has ordered that the planned Nazi march near Gothenburg’s main synagogue on Yom Kippur be altered, so that it ends well away from and goes nowhere near the synagogue.

This is very welcome news. As Jews in Gothenburg we have not demanded that democratic rights of assembly be curtailed just to please us: in Sweden it is not illegal to support Nazis. It is a sign of low intelligence, that is true, but it is not illegal.

We did not ask for this change out of concern for our emotions on the holiest day of our year. We requested this change because Jewish Holocaust survivors and Jewish families with young children would have had to run the gauntlet of snarling right-wing Nazis to get to synagogue.

And as if that were not enough, the presence of the Nazis will likely attract a huge turnout of extreme-left supporters and other anarchists simply out for a good fight. Right outside the synagogue.

It was this very real security issue that was our contention, and thankfully the Court of Appeal has taken note.

But what a sorry indictment on sound common-sense that this matter even had to be taken to court to ensure the essential change.

It will be interesting to see if in the future the police and courts will agree to take an equally firm stance against the main source of anti-Semitism in Sweden. Which is not the tiny (yet nonetheless dangerous) number of  Nazis, but the huge number of highly vociferous racist Islamists who routinely call for the slaughter of Jews and who liken us to apes and pigs. Doing so with impunity…

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