Malmo: 480 crimes, 0 convictions

By Natalie Rothschild, January 10, 2013

Out of a record 480 reported hate crimes in Malmo between 2010 and 2011, only 16 led to an indictment and none led to a conviction, according to statistics from the Swedish Crime Prevention Council. None of the 44 antisemitic hate crimes reported in Malmo in the two-year period even made it to a prosecutor.


Swedish editor defends article accusing IDF of organ-theft

By Natalie Rothschild, November 22, 2012

A 2009 article in Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet by Donald Boström speculated that the IDF had “plundered” Palestinians’ bodies for organs. Now, the Swedish magazine, Filter, is saying that Boström was right all along.


Young muslim man gets prize for fighting antisemitism

By Natalie Rothschild, November 15, 2012

A 21-year-old man who founded the group “Young Muslims Against Antisemitism”, in Malmo, Sweden, has received an anti-racism award from the Swedish Committee Against Antisemitism.


Malmo’s problem

September 27, 2012

One of those battles is in Malmo, the Swedish city now notorious across Europe for its attitude to Jews, and for its Mayor's apparent insouciance - to put it no stronger - towards attacks on Jews.


Fear stalks the streets of Malmo and council has no answer

By Orlando Radice, September 27, 2012

“You don’t wear a kippah in this city. That would be suicide,” said the head of Malmo’s voluntary security team guarding the gates of the city’s Jewish cemetery.

The security service was established in the wake of a peace demonstration by the Jewish community after the 2008-2009 Gaza war in which the crowd was firebombed and a Holocaust survivor assaulted.


Swedish minister joins Malmö march against prejudice

By Nathalie Rothschild, August 23, 2012

Around 400 people participated in a “kippah march” in Malmö, Sweden, on Saturday to protest against antisemitism.

Sweden’s minister for European affairs, Birgitta Ohlsson, was among the participants. She said that the march represented a “refusal to be indifferent to antisemitism, prejudices and intolerance”.


Roma genocide remembered in Sweden

By Nathalie Rothschild, August 9, 2012

Representatives of the Swedish Jewish community last week took part in a memorial ceremony marking the anniversary of the “Night of the Gypsies”, or Zigeunernacht. Between August 2 and 3, 1944, around 3,000 Roma were sent to their deaths in Auschwitz.


Swedish Twitter experiment goes awry with Jewish comments

By Jennifer Lipman, June 13, 2012

A project that gives ordinary people control of a Twitter account representing Sweden has erupted in controversy after this week's curator let loose a stream of posts that could be seen as offensive to Jews.

Sonja "Hitler" Abrahamsson, as she refers to herself, was put in charge of the @Sweden account on Monday in the latest stage of the Swedish Institute's Curators of Sweden project.


Ort aids tribute to an ex-pupil who died alone

By Jessica Elgot, May 10, 2012

Long-lost family of a German-Jewish refugee who died alone in his Maida Vale flat will gather on Sunday for the stone-setting.

In December 2010, British Ort was contacted by police searching for relatives of Franz Joseph Nebel, whose body had been found some months earlier.

British Ort executive director Dr Noga Zivan said police had found a reference to Ort at the flat - Mr Nebel had attend


Obama sends antisemitism tsar to Malmo

By Nathalie Rothschild, April 26, 2012

Hannah Rosenthal, Barack Obama's special envoy to monitor and combat antisemitism, has travelled to Malmö, Sweden, for a closed-doors meeting with the city's mayor who has been accused of fomenting hatred of Jews.

Ilmar Reepalu recently told Swedish magazine Neo that the far-right Sweden Democrat party has "infiltrated the Jewish community in order to push its hatred of Muslims".