Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Exodus from Malmo?

In a piece by 'Marcus' at Harry's Place (titled 'Exodus', February 23rd 2010, 9:23 pm but I don't link to the Brown Sauce) the contributor starts off with the contentious 'Jews are the canary in the coal mine' cliché before linking to a Torygraph piece on hate-crimes committed against Swedish Jews in aftermath of Operation Cast Lead, a piece that's worth reading.

A couple of paragraphs merit scrutiny though:
Malmo's Jews, however, do not just point the finger at bigoted Muslims and their fellow racists in the country's Neo-Nazi fringe. They also accuse Ilmar Reepalu, the Left-wing mayor who has been in power for 15 years, of failing to protect them.

Mr Reepalu, who is blamed for lax policing, is at the centre of a growing controversy for saying that what the Jews perceive as naked anti-Semitism is in fact just a sad, but understandable consequence of Israeli policy in the Middle East.

While his views are far from unusual on the European liberal-left, which is often accused of a pro-Palestinian bias, his Jewish critics say they encourage young Muslim hotheads to abuse and harass them.

It would be really interesting to see what Mayor Reepalu's precise words actually were. Does understanding that unacceptable attacks on Swedish Jews are at least in part ill-conceived 'revenge' hate-crimes following Israel's disproportionate attacks on Gaza in any way also imply that he condones such attacks? That saying what is the blindingly obvious somehow encourages these hotheads to carry out such crimes? It seems rather likely that Reepalu's likely accompanying condemnation of these incidents is being carefully left out of this report.

It then carries on with:
The future looks so bleak that by one estimate, around 30 Jewish families have already left for Stockholm, England or Israel, and more are preparing to go.

Hate crimes, mainly directed against Jews, doubled last year with Malmo's police recording 79 incidents and admitting that far more probably went unreported. As of yet, no direct attacks on people have been recorded but many Jews believe it is only a matter of time in the current climate.

In a city of 265,000 inhabitants, 79 reported antisemitic incidents, none of which direct attacks on people, in a year hardly sounds excessive to me or justifying of an 'exodus'.

Regarding their choice of exile to Britain or Israel (or Stockholm), according to Melanie Phillips the former really is the New Weimar, so perhaps not the best of choices. And in the latter they can become part of a reality that is indeed feeding some antisemitism: the antisemitism that caused them to seek exile in the first place...

Finally, how's this for nailing your colours to the mast:
For many of Malmo's white Swedish population, meanwhile, the racial problems are bewildering after years of liberal immigration policies.

They just can't help themselves, can they? 'Multiculturalism' needs to given a short stab, that same 'multiculturalism' that hosts also said Swedish Jews...

As always with Harry's Place, the Kommentariat provides most of the comic relief. In the top spot, badnewswade, with:
Fucking hell.

What is it with these fucking liberals? Now they’re running around being concerned about the civil rights of the EDL, from what I can gather. They just seem to want to stick up for bullies.
As has been said here before, this is essentially anhiallationism [sic] – drive the Jews out of the country and into Israel, then collaberate [sic] with the people who want to destroy Israel.


I haven't heard about 'liberals being concerned about the civil rights of the EDL', so I won't comment on that. But Wade's got bad news: those critical of Zionism have in place an 'annihilationist' ploy, involving driving Jews into exile in Israel (never mind Stockholm or Britain, Wade) and colluding with those who want to destroy Israel. Neither Mad Mel Phlipps nor Eichmann could have come up with such a dastardly simple yet effective plan... Fucking hell, Wade!


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