Concern over hate in Malmö

By Nathalie Rothschild, March 19, 2015

Barack Obama's antisemitism envoy has warned of the likelihood of "tragic incidents" unless Europe does more to protect Jewish communities.

Ira Forman made the comments this week while visiting Sweden to assess the country's efforts to prevent attacks on Jews.

In Malmö, the southern Swedish city that has acquired an international reputation for antisemitism, Mr Forman said: "I think people


Anti-Nazi statue 'may fuel violence'

By Nathalie Rothschild, March 5, 2015

The Swedish city of Växjö has blocked plans for a statue to be built in honour of a Jewish woman who hit neo-Nazis with her purse during a rally in 1985.

The incident was caught on camera and the iconic image was the inspiration for the proposed statue, which will not be made because, city officials said, it could "promote violence".


Did parliament speaker say Jews can’t be Swedes?

By Nathalie Rothschild, February 12, 2015

Björn Söder, a deputy speaker of the Swedish parliament and secretary-general of the far-right Sweden Democrat Party, triggered a furore in Sweden recently when he was interpreted as saying that Jews can never be accepted as Swedes.

It landed Söder on the Simon Wiesenthal Centre’s list of “Top Ten Worst Global Antisemitic/Anti-Israel incidents” in 2014.


Home-school family in legal battle

By Nathalie Rothschild, January 29, 2015

An orthodox couple must wait four weeks to find out whether they can continue to educate their children at home.

An administrative court in Gothenburg, Sweden, heard Rabbi Alexander Namdar and his wife Leah outline their case for homeschooling their son and three daughters on Tuesday.

The couple, who are originally from Britain, set up Scandinavia's first Chabad house 23 years ago.


Sweden officially recognises Palestinian state

By Naomi Firsht, October 30, 2014

Sweden today became the first EU member country to officially recognise a Palestinian state.

"Today the government takes the decision to recognize the state of Palestine," Sweden's Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom said in a statement published in the Dagens Nyheter daily, AFP reported.

"It is an important step that confirms the Palestinians' right to self-determination," she added.


Swedes get a female rabbi

By Nathalie Rothschild, October 14, 2014

Sweden will get its first female rabbi when Ute Steyer of New York's Yeshiva University takes up the post at the Great Synagogue of Stockholm in January.


One thousand at ‘kippah march’ in Stockholm

By Nathalie Rothschild, September 1, 2014

Leading Swedish politicians joined Stockholm’s Jewish community in a “kippah march” against antisemitism on Sunday. Over 1,000 people took part in the event, initiated by Sweden’s Jewish Youth Association.


Swedish-German group accused of whitewashing Nazi past

By Nathalie Rothschild, April 11, 2014

The Swedish-German Association, of which Sweden’s Queen Silvia has been a patron since the 1980s, has been accused of whitewashing its Nazi past.

The association allowed its previous chairman, Gunnar Edlund, 83, to write a chapter in its 100th jubilee book, despite his ties to the far-right.


Stockholm Jewish community given cash boost for equality

By Nathalie Rothschild, March 28, 2014

The Stockholm Jewish community has been given half a million krona — around £52,000 — by the Swedish government to promote sexual equality.

The National Board for Youth Affairs, awarded the money to fund a project encouraging Orthodox women to be more involved in religious life.


Moves to ban brit growing in Sweden

By Nathalie Rothschild , December 23, 2013

Calls to outlaw non-medical circumcision in Sweden are growing as the southern region of Blekinge moves to ban the practice.

“Male circumcision that lacks medical motivations should be forbidden,” Blekinge county commissioner Per-Ola Mattsson of the Social Democrat party told local media.