During the autumn of 2020, the City of Malmö investigated the prevalence of antisemitism and the conditions for Jewish life in Malmö’s schools. The newly released report exposes that Jewish youth face threats, violence, racism, exclusion, and antisemitic conspiracy theories. Not only are Jewish children facing attacks from Arab migrant classmates but also from, anti-Israel, pro-Palestinian teachers and school personnel.
In the city’s left-leaning schools, there are teachers and migrant students who like left-wing politicians link the Israel-Palestinian conflict with Malmö’s Jews. Jewish youth are pressured by their classmates to explain Israel’s policies.”It’s really sick,” says a Jewish young person in the new report.
In the report, 14 Jewish children and young people are interviewed in depth about the antisemitism they must face in Malmö’s schools.
Malmö has been considered by experts for years to be the capital of antisemitism in Europe. In 2010 the Simon Weisenthal Center in Los Angeles released a travel advisory to Jews, warning against travel to Malmo, due to the high level of anti-Semitism. At the time, life was dangerous for the hundreds of Jews of Malmo, living alongside tens of thousands of Muslims. The small Jewish community was faced with threats, harassment, vandalisation of their graves and synagogue.
Watch the following clip from 2012 discussing the threats faced by Jews in Malmö:
Today, with more than 45% of Malmo’s population being of immigrant background, and from mainly Islamic countries, Malmö has become a “No-Go-Zone” for Jews. Meanwhile, the Swedish government continues to inflame the issue, even using taxpayer money to fund antisemitism.
Sweden’s current Prime Minister, Social Democrat Stefan Löfven has an abysmal record on antisemitism and anti-Israel incitement. Löfven has carried on his party’s long record of anti-Israel incitement by many of its leading figures. Furthermore, the party continues to collaborate with Islamic supremacist organisations and individuals.
Read the following Swedish news article by Nyheter Idag, which discusses in further detail the new Swedish school report.
Report reveals anti-Semitism in Malmö’s schools: “It was Arab students who had a craze for Hitler”
Malmö — A recent report shows that hate against Jewish pupils comes mainly from Arabs from the Middle East. from the Middle East. The Jewish pupils are held responsible for Israel’s policy in the Israel-Palestinian conflict. Linking the Israel-Palestinian conflict with Malmö’s Jews is something that top Social Democrat politicians have previously done.
“It would help if the Jewish community distanced itself from Israel’s actions in Gaza. That would help a whole lot, I think.”
The words of Jamal El-Hajs, a current member of Parliament for the Social Democrats, at a demonstration in 2010, in an interview with Svenska Dagbladet. At the same demonstration, he called for a boycott of Israeli products and praised party colleague Ilmar Reepalu’s “courage”. Reepalu has on several occasions gotten in trouble for statements about Jews and Israel, including when he questioned whether a tennis match between Sweden and Israel should be played in Malmö.
Now a new report shows that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is central to anti-Semitism in Malmö’s schools. The report also shows that it is not only pupils — especially Arab pupils with a background in the Middle East and especially with connections to the Palestinian territories — but also school personnel who are anti-Semitic.
“From a couple of sources also come specific reports of anti-Semitic jargon among personnel groups,” writes report author Mirjam Katzin, a researcher at Lund University. Katzin is also an elected representative of the Left Party in Malmö.
Katzin’s report consists partly of an interview section where she interviewed school personnel, Jewish children, and young people in the age range 10-20 years, and partly of a survey that was sent out. The goal was that all school personnel in primary and secondary schools would participate in the survey.
Katzin states that she met with unexpected resistance. Only 27 out of 63 primary school principals forwarded her survey to their personnel.
“Jews stay away from certain schools because they don’t feel safe going to those schools. There is a list of schools that are OK for Jews and those that are not. Actually, all high schools are black-listed with the exception of a few, that’s just the way it is. But you know that with this Israel/Palestine — you are going to get s*** for that in the other schools; it is so sad that it is like this,” says one pupil.
The report contains several quotes from those interviewed who point out how Arab pupils openly use anti-Semitic jargon.
“Many, when you talk to them and discuss it, can be reached. But some are deeply involved. Thus, a Jew in Malmö is the enemy. All Jews are the big enemy,” says another school employee.