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August 12, 2013

Egyptian Magazine Blames Jews For Muslim Anti-Semitism In Sweden

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“October Magazine”

Anti-Semitism is a result of “Jewish racism against other minorities,” an investigative report by Egyptian journalist Mohamed Hilal states in the latest issue of the Egyptian-weekly October Magazine. The report purports to address the rise of anti-Semitism in the southern Swedish city of Malmo, a city known for its large immigrant Muslim community.

October Magazine was founded in 1976 to represent the political views of Egyptian national secularists.  

Entitled “The Subversion of Jews in the City of Serenity and Tolerance,” the report claims to investigate the rise of attacks against Jews in Sweden’s third largest city, which are often attributed to young immigrants with roots in the Middle East.

The report asserts that anti-Semitic attacks against Jews stem from the Jewish community and its actions, stating, “Some experts confirmed that the solution of the problem is not through increasing security forces and safety measures, because the problem is rooted in the Jewish community itself; they are used to breaking the norms and provoke other religious communities, including the Muslim community.”

The report also suggests that one of the roots of anti-Semitism in Malmo is the Jewish community’s support for Israel. It draws on a statement made by Malmo’s former mayor, Ilmar Reepalu, who, in 2009, suggested that members of the Jewish community had themselves to blame for supporting Israel.

“As usual, the Jews attack, and then complain,” the article concludes when describing a recent rally held by Malmo’s Jewish community in protest of the continuous attacks and harassment facing their community.

October Magazine has previously published anti-Semitic articles and drawn comparisons between Israeli leaders and Nazis. The magazine’s September 2011 issue, for example, featured an image of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a Nazi officer with an accompanying article accusing Israeli leaders of perpetrating crimes exceeding those committed by the Nazis.

In the past, ADL has expressed concerns about rising anti-Semitism in Malmo.

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