The Jewish population of Sweden is small. Jews were first permitted to immigrate to Sweden since the late 18th century and were encouraged to settle there and to stimulate the Swedish economy.
They were, however, restricted from living in Stockholm, Goteborg and other major cities and could not own property in the Swedish countryside. This restriction was revoked in 1854 and in 1870 Jews received full rights of Swedish citizenship.
In 1872, two Jewish men, Aron Phillipson and Moritz Rubenson, were elected to the Riksdag, the Swedish parliament.
During World War II, Sweden remained a neutral country and gave asylum to Jews fleeing from Nazi occupied Norway and Denmark. The Danish rescue to Sweden saved the lives of almost the entire Danish Jewish community.
Revered and honored is the beloved Swedish diplomat, Raoul Wallenberg, who single-handedly rescued thousands of Hungarian Jews from deportation to death camps in Poland by issuing them protective passports and providing them with Swedish neutrality and protection.
Relations between Sweden and Israel were very good in the 1950’s and 1960’s. During the 1967 Six-day War, Swedish Prime Minister Tage Erlander strongly supported Israel.
It is interesting to note that in spite of being a peaceful country, Sweden is the third largest arms exporter per capita after Israel and Russia.
Sadly,since the year 2000, changes had been noticed in Swedish society. In that year, Sweden ranked third after Germany and Austria for the highest incidents of anti-Semitism in Europe. Despite commercial ties there is very little import-export between the two countries
A Swedish government study in 2006 revealed that fifteen percent of Swedes agreed with the statement
“the Jews have too much influence in the world today”.
Rabbi Meir Horden of Stockholm’s Orthodox Jewish community said that “it is not that Swedes are anti-Semitic. Some of them are hostile to Israel because they support the weak side which they perceive the Palestinians to be”.
In 2009, 79 Jews were attacked in the city of Malmo. On June 8, 2012, anti-Semitic graffiti calling Jews pigs was spray painted on the outer walls of the old Jewish cemetery in Malmo.
In 2013 and 2014 several anti-Jewish acts were reported. In 2014 the Rabbi of the Jewish community of Goteborg received several death threats in his e-mails.
In July 2015 an inscription was found written outside a supermarket in Malmo. “This store is for Swedes only. No Jews or Gypsies”.
Most recently in the past two years, the Swedish Foreign Minister, Margot Wallstrom, has made several anti-Israel comments. She has now accused Israel of “Extrajudicial killings” of “innocent” Palestinian and West Bank Arabs during the current period of terrible violence and murder.
She has not condemned ISIS or other Muslim countries such as Syria, Iraq or Yemen for atrocities against civilian populations.
But she has found it to be “politically comfortable” to call for an international “probe” of Israeli killings. Her total ignorance is appalling and Sweden should be ashamed to have such a stupid Foreign Minister.
Israel has banned her from visiting and has extended the no entry bar to all other members of the Swedish government and all Swedish diplomats They are not welcome in Israel.
Hopefully there will be some wise Swedes who will seek to force Wallstrom’s apology to Israel. No other friendly nation has attacked Israel with such verbal abuse and false accusations as the moron who serves as Sweden’s Foreign Minister.
She should retire from Swedish politics and stick to cooking Swedish meatballs…the only kind she has.
Is Sweden anti-Semitic or only anti-Israel? As for us, we are only anti-Wallstrom.