Petter Ljunggren, a Swedish journalist looking to test attitudes toward Jews, was cursed and assaulted when walking through the city of Malmo wearing a yarmulke and a necklace with the Star of David.
Ljunggren embarks on the undercover quest after one of the documentary’s interview subjects explains what it is like to wear a yarmulke in Malmo.
Shmuel Goldberg, a Jew originally from New York who runs a restaurant in Malmo, describes being spat at as well as shouts of “Jew!” and “Palestine” being regularly hurled his way.
He also recounts almost being physically attacked by a man – an attack thwarted at the last moment by a woman who told him: “You’re going to get killed if you wear a kippah here.”
As Ljunggren sits at a cafe in central Malmo reading a newspaper, several passersby begin to hurl anti-Semitic insults his way. Later he sees a man beating his fist into his palm as a warning.
Later Ljunggren travels to two different areas known to be anti-Jewish. In the first – Lindangen Center – a man, shocked to see a Jew in the area, warns Ljunggren to leave. As he does, he is called an “(expletive) Jew swine.”
In the heavily Muslim neighborhood of Rosengard, dozens of men hurled anti-Semitic slurs at Ljunggren while eggs were thrown at him from windows.
Ljunggren notes in the documentary that most of the perpetrators of these anti-Semitic incidents and attacks in Sweden are Muslims of Middle Eastern descent using the Arab-Israeli context as a pretext for their anti-Semitism.
The acceptance of hatred against Jews in Sweden is made clear, Ljunggren states. As one young Muslim interviewee puts it: “It’s only basic to hate Jews.”
Sweden and Israel are about 2000 miles apart. Explain to me how the Arab-Israeli “context” explains Jew-hatred in Malmo? I’m not saying it doesn’t—“Muslims of Middle Eastern descent” can be that crazy—but isn’t their craziness the point?
Thanks for making that clear, Bjorn. But until people get it through their closed minds that “why do they hate us” is not the point, but “they hate” is, Jews and everyone else will not be safe, in Malmo or anywhere else.