Join in Solidarity with Malmö's Embattled Jewish Community

"...Ever since I came here people have been shouting 'F***ing Jew' and 'Heil Hitler' at me."
                                                                - Rabbi Shneur Kesselman, Malmö, Sweden 

May 17, 2012

Malmö, Sweden’s third largest city was once a haven for Holocaust survivors. In 2012, its rabbi and his family suffer continual anti-Semitic abuse and hate attacks which Malmö’s police ignore. At the same time, Malmö’s powerful mayor, Ilmar Reepalu scapegoats Jews as loyal only to Israel. Instead of protecting the small Jewish community, he denies any responsibility for the outrageous situation, dismissing criticism his record as the work of the "Israel lobby". 

The Simon Wiesenthal Center has called out Reepalu’s bigotry and stood with Malmö’s tiny embattled Jewish community. In the last few years, the SWC has:

• Met with Swedish Justice Minister Beatrice Ask in Stockholm in 2010 to express our concerns for the Jewish citizens of Malmö


Confronted Mayor Reepalu in a face-to-face meeting, and also met with Malmö’s Police Chief Ulf Sempert (middle) and other senior officials


Issued a travel advisory to Malmö urging extreme caution as a result of the failure of Malmö’s officials to provide basic protection to its Jews—the travel advisory remains in place.


• Urged measures be taken against rampant anti-Semitism in Malmö during an address in Prague delivered to the 56 country Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)


• Helped secure government funding for Swedish Jewish institutions to better protect the community from potential terrorist threats


• Briefed the US State Department Special Envoy on Anti-Semitism in Washington, DC and in Malmö prior to her meeting with Malmö’s mayor


• Published articles and op/ed pieces on the situation in Malmö in blogs, through social networking, and in newspapers and publications around the world


• Screened the Center’s Academy Award™-winning documentary, Genocide to community activists in Malmö


• Participated in a seminar at Malmö University on "Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia" which prompted a heated debate


• Distributed Swedish language brochures of the Center’s Top Ten Anti-Israel Lies

All of this has been accomplished against the backdrop of meetings with Jewish, Muslim, and Roma community leaders, city officials, and Malmo’s Police Chief. 

We are asking for your continued support so that our work standing with Malmö's Jewish community can continue - we are counting on your urgently needed donations today.