You may have heard about last week’s “kippah walk“ in Malmö — the third largest city in Sweden.
If you google “Malmö + anti-Semitism” you will get a lot of hits, so I will not get into all of that.
Yes, we were about 100 people walking through the city center wearing kippahs and Jewish symbols.
I thought to myself: do we really need to do this? It is insane. It really IS insane. Jews (and friends of Jews) are — in a free, democratic European country — forced to walk in kippah parades!
It all felt a bit like a gay pride parade in the ’90s (as a gay man I know what I’m talking about).
It is oh so sad that a “kippah walk” is needed but one has to do what one has to do.
I — as a friend of Judaism and Israel — always feel a little bit high after these happenings.
This was just an apéritif though, because next week there will be a (hopefully) huge pro-Israel manifestation in the center of Stockholm, and also one in the second largest city of Sweden: Gothenburg.
I love it, because it is a manifestation for Israel and against nothing. That’s the way I like it.
I will be there (in Stockholm) and I will let you know all about it.
Ah, I love Israel and I can’t wait to visit your wonderful country again.
Only 15 days to go!