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Sweden’s Jews, Muslims Face Web Hate Rise: Study

We’ve always noted that Islamophobia and Anti-Semitism are linked and on the rise. (H/T: Benjamin Taghiov)

Sweden’s Jews, Muslims face web hate rise: study

(The Local)

The number of xenophobic web sites have almost doubled since 2007 and Jews and Muslims wearing apparent religious symbols are subjected to significant discrimination in Sweden today, according to a new report from the Living History Forum (Forum för levande historia). 

“Sweden as a whole is a tolerant country but this report shows that racism is growing and is being professionalized on the internet. There is today a small but growing minority that harbour hatred against Muslims and Jews,” minister for integration, Erik Ullenhag, wrote in a statement on Monday.

The report, which was requested by the government and carried out by the Forum, also shows that an increased number of racist web pages have been created in recent years and that prejudice is being spread through schoolbooks.

According to the report, the number of racist sites in Sweden has almost doubled in two years. In 2009 there were around 8,000 xenophobic Swedish sites whereas today the authors of the report estimate an increase to 15,000.

This follows a EU-wide trend where right wing extremist groups are using the internet to spread hate-propaganda.

According to the report, these are characterized by anti-Semitic and Islamophobic views, where conspiracy theories are the most recurring elements.

The Jewish group is often cast as world conspirators whereas the Muslim group is seen as physical occupiers, actively are on their way to taking over society through mass-immigration and rising nativity figures.

The Jewish community in Sweden consists of some 20,000 individuals and the Muslim community of 300,000. Fresh crime statistics show that there were 161 reports of crimes with anti-Semitic motives and 272 with Islamophobic motives last year.

But according to the Forum it is difficult to get a fair idea of the situation from these statistics as they are based on police reports and the authors believe there may be many more unrecorded cases.

“Above all this study shows that research and follow-ups into preventative actions regarding intolerance against Jews and Muslims is sorely needed,” said head of Forum for Living History, Eskil Franck, in a statement.

According to Ullenhag, Swedish authorities must further their knowledge about what causes the hate against these groups to grow in Sweden and how they should meet it. That, he said, is the aim behind the investigation regarding xenophobia that the government launched earlier this spring.

“We have learnt from experiences in other European countries that all the forces who want a tolerant society need to be active in the public debate. Prejudice against Jews and Muslims can never be normalized,” said Ullenhag.

When American research centre Pew recently investigated the development of religious conflicts and oppression worldwide between 2006 and 2009, Sweden distinguished itself as a country where hostilities related to religion are increasing the most.

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  • stevieb

    I think anti-muslim is from a small minority, centred around the Zionist agenda. Anti-Judaism is another story, imo – based on economic follies, immigration and Israel. And it is growing…

  • Benjamin Taghiov

    Critical,

    Point to the text you want translated, and I’ll try to do it.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/GargamelGold?feature=mhee CriticalDragon1177

    @Benjamin Taghiov,

    Sorry I don’t know how to read, let along speak Swedish. I guess I could use something like Babel Fish, but thing can be problematic. It still has a bug or two.

  • Benjamin Taghiov

    CriticalDragon1177

    I don’t know exactly where The Local found the original source for this article. Moreover, I usually don’t frequent the site. However, they seem to be serious. In 2009 the Swedish edition was nominated as ‘Swedish Digital Newspaper of the year’ (According to wikipedia). I followed up on this, and found that the jury had to say this about the newspaper:

    “The most easy going of ideas are often the best. Anybody could’ve set out to create a news site about Sweden in English. The Local did that in 2004 and now attract 312,000 unique readers per week, from around the world. And they are making money”.

    http://www.medievarlden.se/mediefolk/4-mediefolk/10114-de-kan-bli-arets-dagstidning-digitala-medier

    As for sources, the government made a press realase similar to that of The Local:

    http://www.regeringen.se/sb/d/14749/a/173575

    Here is the report conducted by the scholars at “Levande Historia”

    http://www.levandehistoria.se/node/5248

  • Just Stopping By

    @mjasghar: Do you have links for the material you discuss? Thanks.

  • mjasghar

    My point was actually quite valid.
    Look at Holland when Wilders began his anti-islamic stuff.
    The Chief Rabbi praised it, and indeed we find that manu Jewish commentators in the media are quick to praise laws that discriminate against muslims specifically. The usual comment is that it will fight the extremists. In reality, it strengthems the extremists as they can point to such laws and tell young people ” they will never accept us so we should never accept them, we are totally apart,” etc.
    When they find it’s going to affect their own religion, only then do MAINSTREAM jewish groups leap up for protection. Note, I said mainstream, there are many great people and jewish organisations who saw this stuff for what it was originally. But the mainstream groups are in a position where they can not/will not go against any Israeli policy or opinion no matter how vile.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/GargamelGold?feature=mhee CriticalDragon1177

    @Julie,

    That’s is upsetting. After you told us that, I tried to leave a comment correcting those people blaming Sweden’s issues with antisemitism on Muslims, and claiming that Muslims were a problem. I tried to post a link to this loon watch article from awhile back, in order to discredit them.

    90% of Anti-Semitic Crimes in Germany Committed by Right-Wing Extremists
    http://www.loonwatch.com/2012/01/90-of-anti-semitic-crimes-in-germany-committed-by-right-wing-extremists/

    Unfortunately, “The Local” wouldn’t let me. It told me I had to have been a member three days ago to post a comment on that article, and I had just signed up. I don’t know if that means that I will never be able to leave the comment or if I will just have to wait a few days to post it. I’ll try again, three days from now.

    Anyway, thanks for letting us know. If anyone here is able to, maybe you should follow the source link and back to the original article and if they can, leave a comment or two over there, refuting the bigoted anti Muslims comments.

  • Julie

    I find it disturbing that many (most?) of the comments on the original article are blaming the anti-Semitic incidents on Muslims in Sweden, and blaming Muslims for the resentment against them due to their being “violent” and asking for “special privileges”. Sort of reinforces the report that xenophobia is on the rise.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/GargamelGold?feature=mhee CriticalDragon1177

    @Emperor

    I don’t think most people see the connection between Antisemitism and Islamophobia. Its too bad because if more people did, the latter would be less of a problem.

    This is a really good video you guys made on the connection between the two.

    Islamophobia and Antisemitism: Same message, different minority.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmLvD0AzBCc&feature=plcp&context=C4eed587VDvjVQa1PpcFPZfbWywvTXi_hYJFlPYjq8uK_XnWkk5CQ%3D

    I don’t think you guys have enough subscribers, but maybe you could gain a few more if you would make a few more videos.

  • Just Stopping By

    @rookie:

    Thank you for your comment, but perhaps I was not clear enough. My point was that groundless speculation against group, such as the Mossad or the PLO, tends to make one look either foolish or bigoted.

    I agree with you that one can criticize the Mossad without meaning Jews generally, and I certainly did not mean to imply otherwise. If the Mossad does something improper, it should be criticized. But just blaming the Mossad because something bad happened to Jews in France (or Jews, Arabs, or Muslims anywhere) seems like an excuse not to examine actual evidence.

    As for your English, it is quite good. I am sure that if I wrote in my third language it would be much worse!

  • http://ilfdinar.wordpress.com/ ilfdinar

    the right does not now what it is missing

  • rookie

    “Maybe this is a Mossad false flag, to draw pressure of themselves or increase votes for antiMujslim facists?” http://www.loonwatch.com/2012/03/france-shooter-targeting-north-africans-caribbeans-and-jews/#comment-154233 And no negative reply to that comment. The fact is that there is a lot of “Blame the Jews” and “Blame Israel” commentary to which others turn a blind eye as well.

    Just stopping by,

    I hope you realize that you put on the same level Mossad and Jews/Israel.
    I am aware many muslims do this, but this is not the same.
    If I say that Mossad does some things it does, I certainly do not mean it is Jews/Israel who are to blame.

    Sorry, I have spelling mistakes, english is my third language and I do not live in an english speaking country.

  • Just Stopping By

    @Skeptic says, “…Muslim Anti-Semitism towards Jews. I don’t mind them hating Israel but anti-semitic attacks on Jews in Muslim areas of Marseille and Malmo really make the general public fear and distrust Muslims.”

    Of course, no one should fear and distrust all members of any religion because of what some of them do (and I do not mean to suggest that you were condoning such fear or distrust).

    As for hating Israel, I do mind, but people have the right to be haters. What I particularly mind is the blind “blame Israel” claims for everything, whether Israel is right or wrong or it’s just speculation. And I equally dislike the blind “exonerate Israel” view that is its exact opposite. Of course, it does not have to be that way, and I am reminded of my recent discourse with Ilisha in which I think we both were able to actually let the facts affect our positions.

    “Which is also another reason why Palestine remains the state it is today instead of becoming free like South Africa.” Again, one group, such as Palestinians, should not have to suffer because of actions by others who may claim to be their supporters, but that is often how the world indeed works.

  • Skeptic

    @Just Stopping By,

    That’s also the thing I’ve noticed too.
    Muslim Anti-Semitism towards Jews.

    I don’t mind them hating Israel but anti-semitic attacks on Jews in Muslim areas of Marseille and Malmo really make the general public fear and distrust Muslims.

    Which is also another reason why Palestine remains the state it is today instead of becoming free like South Africa.

  • Just Stopping By

    “A major factor in the rise of euro islamophobic a is that the Jewish establishment has turned a blind eye or worse encouraged it.” Let’s put aside the fact that the Jewish community in Europe is relatively small and actually has been speaking out against Islamophobia.

    But, yes, there is a portion of the Jewish establishment in Europe and the US that has been unwilling to engage with the Muslim establishment. Why? Well, the same commenter who complains here about the Jewish establishment not fighting Islamophobia said recently with regard to four Jews killed in France: “Maybe this is a Mossad false flag, to draw pressure of themselves or increase votes for antiMujslim facists?” http://www.loonwatch.com/2012/03/france-shooter-targeting-north-africans-caribbeans-and-jews/#comment-154233 And no negative reply to that comment. The fact is that there is a lot of “Blame the Jews” and “Blame Israel” commentary to which others turn a blind eye as well.

  • mjasghar

    “We have learnt from experiences in other European countries that all the forces who want a tolerant society need to be active in the public debate. Prejudice against Jews and Muslims can never be normalized,” said Ullenhag.

    This is important
    A major factor in the rise of euro islamophobic a is that the Jewish establishment has turned a blind eye or worse encouraged it
    Too late are they realising they have nurtured the monster that killed so many of their own people in the holocaust.

  • mindy1

    This is NOT good :(

  • TheBig-T

    we must create websites like loonwatch to counter the hateful, and neonazi websites that fill Europe with this poison.

    we need both Muslims and non-Muslims actively working together to combat the hate and stupidity from websites like Jihadwatch and Atlusshrugs

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