Swedish sunshine and Israeli flags

Sunday June 2nd we held our second pro-Israel rally in Stockholm.
Last time, in December 2012, we gathered outside the hooligan tabloid Aftonbladet. (The crappy “newspaper” with this headline after the latest Israeli elections: “Israel votes for more violence.” Just as an example.) It was -16 degrees but the crowd was happy and the warm hearts were beating with pure love for Israel.

This time we gathered at Raoul Wallenberg’s square. The sun was shining, the Israeli music was loud and the beautiful Israeli flags were all over the place.

What a wonderful afternoon!
A great thing about these rallies is that they attract a very diverse crowd. There are the Jews and the very religious Christians, and the gays and the liberals and… So on.

We had some great speakers:
• Heléne Lööw, PhD, and one of a few historians that has researched anti-Semitism in Sweden.
• Saskia Pantell, Vice Chairman of Sionistiska Federationen (Zionit).
• Nicky Larkin, artist and filmmaker (Forty Shades of Grey).
• Siewert Öholm, journalist, TV-producer and TV-host.
• Ulf Cahn, Secretary General of Förenade Israelinsamlingen/Keren Hayesod.

The speeches can be found here, in Swedish.

Yes, these rallies are a lot about preaching to the choir, but it boosts us all and makes us even more motivated and energetic about standing up for Israel.

A lot of pictures can be found on my website:

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Yours truly, with the most beautiful flag in the world. Photo credit: David Semenov.

A couple of days before our rally I made another video, in “Hebrew”.
You can watch it here.

The rally, for Israel and against anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism, was organized by Anna Berg, Hanna Zion, Amnon Lee Israeli and Kim Milrell (
Thank you to WZO, and a special thanks to Saskia Pantell, Sionistiska Federationen (Zionit).

Two of the t-shirts being sold at the rally. Designed by the amazing Anna Berg. Photo credit: Kim Milrell.
Anna Berg and Saskia Pantell. Photo credit: Kim Milrell.

What else is new?
Well, six weeks have passed since my recent trip to Israel and I am desperately trying to find a way to come back. Soon!

Meanwhile, please keep sending those letters! Toda raba.

About the Author
Kim Milrell da Costa is a Pro-Israel blogger, writer, and activist from Stockholm, Sweden. However he currently resides in a small town in southern Finland. He writes about 'Everything Israel' on his website, and has worked for the World Zionist Organization's Swedish subdivision: The Zionist Federation of Sweden. He is also a news junkie and he cares too much about what's going on in the world. Constantly worried.