Today's Jerusalem Post has a tidy overview of the current situation in Sweden. Israel is about to be pestered again by so-called human rights activists of the Swedish Ship to Gaza movement supporting the totalitarian Islamist Hamas regime. Meanwhile Jews and others in Sweden are gathering in public wearing kippot--that is visibly appearing as Jews--in order to protest the ongoing anti-Semitic climate that makes it dangerous for individual Jews to appear as Jews on the streets in Sweden.
Wear a kippa, but only with police protection
By ILYA MEYER
Sweden is haunted by its uneasy relationship with Israel. Not just Israel, but everything Israeli, Zionist and Jewish.
Sweden is a remarkable country. In many ways the envy of Europe, not least for
one of its most famous sons Raoul Wallenberg, its vaunted social welfare program
and its industrial successes of the recent past, yet haunted by the murders of
its prime minister Olof Palme and foreign minister Anna Lindh.
And by its
uneasy relationship with Israel. Not just Israel, but everything Israeli,
Zionist and Jewish.
Soon to arrive off the coast of Israel is the
Estelle, a small Swedish vessel that is part of a publicly-funded “Ship to Gaza”
propaganda exercise. Although it claims to be carrying “humanitarian aid” for
the people of Gaza, what it is really carrying is a crew of human-rights
saboteurs intent on vilifying the Jewish state and supporting
While the Estelle is on its way from Sweden to the hotbed of
terrorism that is the Hamas-led Gaza Strip, here in Sweden the nation continues
to contend every day with the climate that spawns “Ship to Gaza”: widespread
anti-Semitism in Sweden’s third-largest city, Malmö, media animosity toward
Israel that easily spills over into tacit anti-Semitism, and political fear of a
sizable Islamist minority following decades of immigration from strife-torn
Middle East countries.
Sweden is a country whose Jews are largely
invisible. Jews have been living here for more than 250 years and number about
20,000 souls. But showing one’s Jewishness in a public place is fraught with
danger. Sweden is a society whose well-established, thoroughly integrated and
officially recognized Jewish minority is cowed into invisibility.