This city is not the best place to fly rainbow flags emblazoned with a Star of David.
Its crime rate — among the highest in Scandinavia — and a large Muslim community make Malmo a flashpoint rife with interethnic and religious tensions. It is also notorious for its high rate of anti-Semitism, including harassment of Jewish leaders, attacks on synagogues and Jewish cemeteries, and anti-Semitic chants at protests.
That's why Barbara Posner, one of Malmo's approximately 1,000 Jews, was slightly apprehensive when she joined the Jewish contingent at the city's gay pride parade earlier this month. It didn't help that the event fell on one of the hottest days of the year and at the end of Ramadan, the Islamic month when Muslims fast daily between sunrise and sunset.