Monday, February 22, 2010

I can't remember where first read the line "Jews are the canaries in the coal mine"

a few years back; it would appear the atmosphere in the mine is getting really bad.
There were more anti-Semitic incidents in 2009 than any other year since World War II. There were two murders linked with anti-Semitism in the United States in 2009.

In 2009, a chapel serving the city's 700-strong Jewish community was set ablaze. Jewish cemeteries were repeatedly desecrated, worshippers were abused on their way home from prayer, and "Hitler" was mockingly chanted in the streets by masked men.

"I never thought I would see this hatred again in my lifetime, not in Sweden anyway," Mrs Popinski told The Sunday Telegraph.

"This new hatred comes from Muslim immigrants. The Jewish people are afraid now."
The worst incident was last year during Israel's brief war in Gaza, when a small demonstration in favour of Israel was attacked by a screaming mob of Arabs and Swedish leftists, who threw bottles and firecrackers as the police looked on.

Jewish residents in Malmo are furious after the Swedish town's mayor, Ilmar Reepalu, equated Zionism to anti-Semitism in an interview published on International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

During the interview with Skanska Dagbladet newspaper, Reepalu was asked whether he considered a public condemnation of anti-Semitism in Malmo. The mayor responded that "Malmo does not accept anti-Semitism and does not accept Zionism," charging that both adopt extreme positions towards certain groups.

Reepalu added that local Jews bear some responsibility for the attitude towards them, noting that "they have the possibility to affect the way they are seen by society." The mayor then urged Malmo's Jewish community to "distance itself" from Israeli attacks on Gaza's civilian population
The last post notes the bullcrap "The Jews are stealing our organs!" story that a Swedish newspaper pushed, falling right into the blood-libel garbage that's a staple of the palistinians.

Jumping around a bit, second story notes one of the problems, the "No, I'm just against Israel, it's Israels' fault" excuse.
Mr Reepalu,(mayor of the city) who is blamed for lax policing, is at the centre of a growing controversy for saying that what the Jews perceive as naked anti-Semitism is in fact just a sad, but understandable consequence of Israeli policy in the Middle East.
"See? It's nothing against Jews, it's that nasty Israel!" Etc. ad bullshit.

One of the things that caught my eye was this:
Hate crimes, mainly directed against Jews, doubled last year with Malmo's police recording 79 incidents and admitting that far more probably went unreported. As of yet, no direct attacks on people have been recorded but many Jews believe it is only a matter of time in the current climate.
Remember all the crap that came out in Britain over the last few years, serious crimes that didn't count in the official numbers because they weren't 'recorded'? Often for the purpose of keeping the numbers down? I have to wonder if the same couldn't be true here. If the chickenshit Mayor Reepalu has police basically standing around with their thumb up their collective backside while Jews are attacked, it wouldn't surprise me.


Phelps said...

I think the first place I saw it was over at Joe Huffman's place.

Windy Wilson said...

I thought I first read it at Kim DuToit's Blog, but I could be wrong.
This post reminded me of Joe Huffman's essay on "The Jews in the Attic Test" (The Anne Frank Test, to those who need the face of a real person to understand. By that test the Jews in Sweden are already in trouble with regard to medical care, and maybe housing, too thanks to the residency registration everyone has to have.

Firehand said...

Can't remember, could have been either one. Wherever, it holds true

Windy Wilson said...

Oh, and about the police standing around. How long until they are actively rounding up the Jews for "protective custody"?
This is yet another occasion for Europe of the "firebell in the night" and I fear too many there are rolling over to go back to sleep on this one too.