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Anti-Semitism Rises In Sweden

Threats and harassment against Jews in southern areas of Sweden have risen dramatically over the past few years. Fredrik Sieradzki, a member of the Malmo Jewish Federation, notes “many feel tat the community and local politicians have shown a lack of understanding of how the city’s Jewish residents have been marginalized.” The number of hate crimes has doubled in the past year. In addition, Jewish synagogues and cemeteries have been defaced with anti-Semitic grafitti. One Jewish resident told a local newspaper he was taking his family to Israel to find a secure place. Many Jewish residents blame local politicians who refuse to take a strong stand when anti-semitism occurs.

There is also a feeling among some Swedish Jews that a small segment of Muslim immigrants arrive with hatred toward Jews and manifest those feelings in the safety of Sweden. Of course, Jews also encounter rapid Neo-Nazi groups which spout old time Hitler ideas for the modern world. The ironic aspect of this manifestation of anti-semitism is the connection with neo-Nazi groups, the same individuals who hate Muslims. Perhaps, it is time for Jewish and Muslim leaders to create joint organizations to fight neo-Nazis.

British Neo-Nazi Convicted Of Terror Plan

Neil Livingston was convicted of planning a large scale terror plan that would have caused the death of many people if carried out, but like so many self-appointed petty minded individuals who was better at getting drunk than actually implementing his screw ball ideas. Mr. Livingston was caught when found urinating on a train. Police discovered a huge arsenal of bombs in his home that he wanted to use in killing Asians. In the process of developing plans to halt terrorist attacks, the United Kingdom is discovering that neo-Nazi anti Muslim groups also pose dangers for those who want democracy to succeed. Police discovered a notebook entitled, Waffen SS UK Members” as well as tennis bombs that could have resulted in the death of many people.

Mr. Livingston is an incompetent bumbler who inhabits a fantasy world in which Nazis arise once more and fight to drive out the hordes of “Asians” instead of “Jews.” He regards himself as a defender even as he assaults other humans. The question to pose is — why do these Neo-Nazis in 2009 admire the ideas of a philosophy which resulted in the death of ove a million people in the United Kingdom?

Neo-Nazi Groups More Violent In Sweden

The Swedish neo-Nazi movement gained ground in 2007 due to increased activities. The three largest neo-Nazi groups were active in 19 out of Sweden’s 21 counties including extensive activity in Stockholm. Sweden’s Security Service estimates there were 1,142 incidents in 2007 which was much more than in previous years. Of these, 60% involved propaganda, 30% related to acts of vandalism, 4.5% dealt with meetings and concerts, and 3.5% was highlighted by public demonstrations.

Figures like the above can reveal evidence of the growth of neo-Nazism or it can simply be indicative that in any society there are always fringe groups which preach hatred and violence. Except for one manslaughter incident none of the assaults resulted in death to anyone. Most probably the neo-Nazi groups of today are directing their anger toward immigrants to Sweden from Muslim areas of the world. In that respect, they are symbolic of widespread feelings in Europe toward Muslim immigrants.

Neo-Nazis March Again In Budapest

The sight of a Nazi flag and the sound of marching boots once again was seen and heard on the streets of Budapest. A march by members of the Hungarian Guard (Maryar Garda) took place two days ago despite protests by civic organizations, but since the rally was authorized by the police, nothing could be done to halt it. The rally was held to make clear to Romas in the city the Hungarian Guard was watching them due to the beating to death by two Roma youths of a 17 year-old boy. Peter Kenda, a liberal journalist, was attacked by marchers who apparently believe anyone showing sympathy for Romas was, by definition, an enemy. Senior Catholic leaders denounced the decision by a chaplain to conduct a flag blessing for the neo-Nazis, this was the first time the Catholic church took a public stand about the Nazi group.

Sixty years after the end of Nazi and neo-Nazi groups in Hungary it is sad to witness their re-emergence in the 21st century. Although the Hungarian Guard represents a tiny minority, their presence is disturbing to the safety of the Roma population in Hungary.