Sweden, long famed as a shelter for U.S. draft resisters, Chilean dissidents and other exiles, has become one of the most anti-Semithic countries in the world.
Several hundred kippah-wearing Jews and non-Jews just marched in Sweden as a sign of solidarity with Malmo's Jews. Malmö, Sweden's third largest city, the capital of the prosperous province of Scania, has 270.000 inhabitants. But the city has a population that is almost 40 percent foreign and the Jews are leaving the city due to attacks and harassment. In 1990, 2.000 Jewish people lived in Malmö; now there are fewer than 700.
Earlier this year, a rabbi from Malmo was assaulted. In 2010, Malmo's mayor, Ilmar Reepalu, said that a group of Jews who were attacked by local Muslims during a peaceful protest in support of Israel brought the attack upon themselves for not distancing themselves from Israel and Zionism.