The few remaining Jews in Malmö are subjected to increasing levels of harassment, and the town’s synagogue has been the target for various hate crimes and vandalism despite hiring private security guards.
Now things are getting so bad the congregation reveals they’re in the final stages for getting approval by the city to erect a sturdy fence around the building to deter further attacks.
“This is not nice,” says Jehoshua Kaufman, head of the Jewish congregation. “It would be much better to not need the fence and the guards. But there is a clear threat to the congregation members and the building.”
Malmö is Sweden’s third largest town and has had massive immigration from the MENA-region in recent decades. Ethnical Swedes are now a de facto minority, and “white flight” is in full swing which leaves the remaining Jews increasingly alone amongst a hostile population.
The anti-semitic attacks tend to intensify as the Israel-Palestine conflict flares up, but the simmering hatred is never far away. President Obama sent his special envoy Hannah Rosenthal to Malmö in 2012 after American rabbi Shneur Kesselman had been subjected to no less than 90 attacks in seven years while living in Malmö, including attempts at his life.
In 2009, the Davis Cup tennis finals between Sweden and Israel was forced to be played in an empty stadium as arabs and leftist hooligans had joined forces in rioting. Footage of the carnage can be seen here.
Let us hope the new fence can keep the hate at bay and prevent the synagogue from meeting the same fate as the Malmö courthouse.