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.


Swedish Jewish woman is applying for asylum in her own country

By Nathalie Rothschild, November 21, 2013

Annika Hernroth-Rothstein, a member of Sweden’s Jewish community and an adviser to Sweden’s Liberal Party, plans to submit an asylum application to the Swedish Migration Board this week.

She said she wants authorities to extend to Jews the kind of protection afforded to others who have well-founded reasons to fear persecution due to their religious beliefs.


Sweden’s Council of Jewish Communities criticised for not protesting possible circumcision ban

By Nathalie Rothschild, October 3, 2013

Calls to ban circumcision resurfaced in Sweden last week.

The right-wing Sweden Democrats tabled a bill to criminalise non-medical circumcision, and the children’s ombudsman — together with representatives of several healthcare bodies — published an opinion piece in the newspaper Dagens Nyheter claiming that circumcision contravenes human rights.


Swedish MPs propose circumcision ban

By Charlotte Oliver, September 25, 2013

A motion to ban the circumcision of males younger than 18, unless for medical purposes, has been presented to the Swedish parliament.

Two members of the right-wing, anti-immigration Sweden Democrats party brought the motion forward on Tuesday. Their party, which holds only 20 of the 349 seats in parliament, argues it is the next step after Sweden’s ban on female genital mutilation.


Holocaust rescue ship now Norfolk pub and music venue

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 24, 2013

A ship used as a floating bar and restaurant in Norfolk helped rescue Danish Jews in the Holocaust, it has been revealed.

The Albatros was Europe’s last functioning cargo sailing ship until 2008, when it made its final commercial voyage.