«We accept neither Zionism nor anti-Semitism.They are extremes who put themselves above other groups, seeing others as something lesser»
This is a statement by Ilmar Reepalu, mayor of Malmo, Sweden’s third largest city. He spoke in an interview published in a Swedish newspaper on Wednesday, the International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Swedish Jews are upset about comments made this week by the mayor of Malmo, who said anti-Semitism and Zionism were both forms of «unacceptable extremism», and urged local Jews to disassociate themselves from Israeli actions in the Gaza Strip.
«I wish the Jewish Community would distance itself from Israel’s violations of the rights of the civilian population in Gaza», he said.
«I wish that representatives of Muslims in Malmo would clearly say that the Jews in Malmo shouldn’t be mixed up in the Israel-Palestine conflict».
«These statements and other events in Malmo are making the Jewish community feel very uncomfortable and some people, especially the young, are leaving the city,». George Braun, the president of the Jewish community in Gothenburg, about 250 kilometers from Malmo, told Haaretz.
Malmo’s Jewish community has complained about harassment by extreme left-wing and right-wing activists, but mostly by radical elements from the city’s Muslims, who make up about 15 percent of the population of 250,000.
Source: Israeli Newspaper Haaretz.
Zionism basically is an ideology based on the Bible. That the Jewish people has a right to return to their ancient homeland in the Middle East, a land given them by God as an everlasting procession.
When the Swedish mayor calls Zionism for «extremism», He basically sides with the Ayatollah of Iran, that wants to see the Jewish state of Israel destroyed.
When we compare and equalize anti-Semitism and Zionism, we basically support the belief that being anti-Jewish and pro-Jewish is equally bad. To support the Jews right to a homeland, is in the mind of this Swedish politician, a crime that is comparable with the views of Nazi-Germany. That the World would be a better place, if there were no Jews among us who believe in the promises of the Bible.