Not the apartheid state you were expecting….
But then, it never is:
The deputy speaker of the Swedish parliament caused an outrage by suggesting that Jews living in Sweden should ditch their identity if they wish to be considered Swedes.
The claim by Bjorn Soder, of the Sweden Democrats party, was made in an interview with a Swedish newspaper, according to the International Business Times.
In the interview, Soder said that “most Jewish people in Sweden left behind” their racial identity in order to assimilate.
He further said that it would be a problem if there were too many people in Sweden “who belong to other nations” and had non-Swedish identities. Paying immigrants to go home would also help to avoid “foreign enclaves” and instead “create a society with a common identity”, he said, according to remarks quoted by The Guardian.
Those of us familiar with the, ahem, social unrest, in Malmo might not disagree with him. Except he’s got the wrong Great World Religion. Estimates of 500,000 Muslims in Sweden date from 2009.
More recent counts (given the refugees from Islam’s many uncivil wars) put the number at 700,000.
There are 20,000 Jews.
That’s 2.8% the number of Muslims, 0.2% of the Swedish population overall.
And Jews are Sweden’s problem.
The leader of Sweden’s Jewish community condemned the remarks as “good old rightwing anti-Semitism”, saying that the comments conveyed a message that Jews were untrustworthy and could not be considered real Swedes, “exactly like in 1930s Germany” from which her grandfather had fled.
Lena Posner Körösi, president of the Official Council of Jewish Communities in Sweden, was quoted by The Guardian as having said the remarks showed “the mask is slipping” from the face of Sweden Democrats to reveal the essence of what they stand for.
“I am appalled that Sweden’s third largest party can express itself in this way about Jews and other minorities,” she said. “We have to take them really seriously. This not a small group of fanatics you can dismiss.”
Soder claimed in response the remarks were taken out of context.
Fair enough. Perhaps we should be more understanding. Look how his mother dresses him:
As people who believe in Israel as a Jewish state, we don’t object to Sweden as a Swedish state. But we would ask Sweden to be a little more discriminating (if that’s the word) toward whomever it is that threatens their Swedosity. In the Swedish body politic Jews are an earlobe or an eye brow. They’re not your problem. They never are.