Wiesenthal Centre to Swedish Prime Minister: "The Consequences of Pogrom-Style 'Kristallmorgen' in Malmö are Dire for all Swedish Citizens"

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Wiesenthal Centre to Swedish Prime Minister: "The Consequences of Pogrom-Style 'Kristallmorgen' in Malmö are Dire for all Swedish Citizens"

Paris, 26 January 2009

In a letter to Swedish Prime Minister, Fredrik Reinfeldt, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre's Director for International Relations, Dr Shimon Samuels, reported on "a most alarming situation yesterday in Malmö, as witnessed by one of our Centre's Swedish members."

Samuels noted that, "apparently, a small number of Swedish Jews had received the necessary permit for a silent demonstration for peace, to be held in the centre of Malmö."

He continued, "Following the first speech, electric wires to the microphone were cut as a large crowd of Arab counter-demonstrators surrounded your Jewish citizens, screaming antisemitic abuse and brandishing swastika posters", adding that "the official demonstration organizers requested the police officers present, to keep the peace and prevent a riot. The law enforcement response was that 'The Jews should leave!' Jewish children and elderly were forced to run from the gathering as young Arabs pursued them, threatening physical violence. "

The Centre pointed out that "Malmö has become a Gaza nest in Scandinavia, with an increasingly Jihadist presence, especially galvanized by the European Social Forum calls from Malmö for assaults upon Israel, last September, BEFORE the Gaza operation."

The letter stressed that "it is intolerable that Swedish police inverse your justice system by victimizing the victims of abuse, while endorsing the perpetrators."

The Centre insisted upon "a full state investigation into Malmö police behaviour, the prosecution of those responsible, and an apology to the Swedish Jewish targets."

"Mr Prime Minister, the consequences of such a pogrom-style 'Kristallmorgen' in Malmö are dire for all of your citizens," concluded Samuels.

For further information, please contact Shimon Samuels at +33.609.77.01.58.