Malmo is Ground Zero for anti-Semitism in Sweden. Its large Muslim immigrant population has terrorized the Jewish community.
When a journalist from the Malmö daily Skånska Dagbladet asked him in January 2010 about growing anti-Semitism in his city, he replied, “We accept neither anti-Semitism nor Zionism in Malmö.” His reaction to the fact that Jews are leaving his city because of anti-Semitism was to maintain that “there have been no attacks against Jews, and if Jews want to leave for Israel that is not a concern for Malmö.” In an interview with Danish television in March 2010, he described criticism about his statements regarding Jews and Zionism as an attack orchestrated by “the Israeli lobby.”
When the Wiesenthal Center repeated the travel advisory at the beginning of 2012, Reepalu called the decision bizarre: “I get the impression that the aim of the [Simon Wiesenthal] Center is to make people forget what is going on in the state of Israel—human rights abuse that all people should denounce.”
This is an ugly attack and the latest in a long series of them in Malmo.
A 38 year-old man was assaulted in Malmö, Sweden, on Sunday – for the sole crime of hanging an Israeli flag in his window.
The assailants broke the man’s window first, prompting him to seek the perpetrators, police said.
They added that ten people chased the man from his building, wielding iron pipes. He managed to narrowly escape his attackers and was taken to hospital with serious injuries.
“Our initial evaluation is that this is a hate crime,” Malmö policewoman Marie Keismar added. The incident has been categorized as “aggravated assault.”
In this case the man who was assaulted isn’t even Jewish, and may be a Muslim.
News accounts indicate that he is a pro-Israel Kurd who hung the flag in support of Israel. He has seen the attackers since on the street, but they have not been arrested. He has suggested that his attackers may be supporters of Iran, while he is a firm opponent of the regime.