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  • Israel faces tough months as pressure builds on Netanyahu

    2 weeks ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is trying to keep his fractious coalition together as talk of early elections grows, but in trying to bolster himself domestically he runs the risk of further alienating international partners.

    To satisfy restive far-right parties in his...

  • Sweden recognizes Palestinian state, hopes it will revive peace process

    October 30, 2014 | 9:05 am

    The Swedish government officially recognized the state of Palestine on Thursday, the first Western European country to do so, reflecting growing international exasperation over the moribund Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

    Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom told...

  • City hall in Sweden to play ‘Schindler’s List’ theme for neo-Nazis meeting

    August 26, 2014 | 3:31 pm

    The town hall of a Swedish city will play the theme from the Holocaust film “Schindler’s List” before and after a public meeting of a neo-Nazi party.

    The Party of the Swedes was scheduled to hold a public rally in Norrkoping, in central Sweden, on Tuesday.

    The local ruling and...

  • Israeli gets jail time in Sweden for terrorism threats

    July 25, 2014 | 1:17 pm

    An Israeli citizen who threatened to commit terrorism in Sweden after his asylum request there was denied has been sentenced to two years in prison.

    Amram Ivri, 43, was sent to jail and made to pay $14,080 in fines and legal fees Friday for actions he committed last month, the...

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  • Man beaten in Malmo for hanging Israeli flag

    July 9, 2014 | 10:12 am

    A man was beaten severely for hanging an Israeli flag outside his window in the Swedish city of Malmo, police said.

    Several unidentified men assaulted the 38-year-old man with metal bars after they hurled a stone at his window on July 6, the Svenska Dagbladet daily reported on...

  • Ban on non-medical circumcision introduced in Sweden

    September 24, 2013 | 9:31 am

    A bill introduced in the Swedish parliament would ban the non-medical circumcision of males younger than 18.

    Two lawmakers from the rightist Sweden Democrats party, noting that female genital mutilation is illegal in Sweden, submitted the bill to the Riksdag on Tuesday.

    Bjorn...

  • The debate we should be having on Syria

    September 4, 2013 | 12:09 pm

    On Tuesday evening, President Barack Obama boarded Air Force One, departed for Sweden and left behind a looming political disaster. Despite the endorsement of Republican and Democratic House leaders, many members of Congress remain deeply skeptical about the president's proposal to...

  • Holocaust hero Wallenberg statue rededication set

    August 1, 2013 | 10:19 am

    After standing for nearly 25 years on the corner of Fairfax Avenue and Beverly Boulevard, a statue of Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat who saved tens of thousands of Jewish lives in the Holocaust, will be rededicated on Aug. 5.

    The event will come one day after what would...

  • Blood and hate are flooding Europe

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 29, 2013 | 12:40 pm

    Muslim communities in Europe are not something new. Many people suffered in middle-eastern lands, went searching for a new home where there is freedom of speech and equal rights, and started to settle in various European countries.  With time, they became more and more noticed. It...

  • Doing Well, Thank You.

    By Ariel Blumenthal

    April 8, 2013 | 12:08 am

    The Irish Teachers Union members are oblivious of the symbolic week they had picked to adopt an academic boycott on Israel. One may argue the justice behind this move; I’d argue it has nothing to do with justice. Even the grimmest Apartheid reality the Irish teachers may imagine to...

  • Hezbollah operative tracked Israeli plane landings in Cyprus

    February 22, 2013 | 9:35 am

    The Hezbollah operative on trial for plotting against Israeli tourists in Cyprus acknowledged passing on Israeli aircraft landing times to his terrorist handlers.

    Hosem Taleb Yaacoub on Thursday said in court that he recorded landing times for Arkia flights between Tel Aviv and...

  • No hate crime conviction in Malmö in two years, despite record number of incidents

    January 9, 2013 | 9:55 am

    Despite a record number of complaints about hate crimes in the Swedish city of Malmö, not a single person was convicted of such offenses in over two years, according to a recent report.

    The local daily Sydsvenskan on Jan. 7 reported that in 2010 and 2011, the Swedish court system...

  • No suspects in Malmö JCC attack, police say

    November 16, 2012 | 9:22 am

    Police in Malmö, Sweden have no suspects in September’s attack on the city’s Jewish community center.

    Anders Lindell, a police spokesman, told JTA that all charges were dropped against the two young men whom police arrested shortly after the Sept. 28 attack.

    “We have concluded...

  • U.S. wins re-election to U.N. Human Rights Council

    November 12, 2012 | 11:40 am

    The United States succeeded on Monday in its bid for re-election to the 47-nation U.N. Human Rights Council, a Geneva-based watchdog that has been criticized by Washington and Israel for singling out the Jewish state for criticism.

    The 193-nation U.N. General Assembly also...

  • Swedish flotilla ship heading for Gaza sails from Italy

    October 8, 2012 | 9:57 am

    A Swedish ship carrying human rights activists attempting to break Israel's naval blockade of Gaza left from Italy.

    The Estelle, carrying 17 activists from countries including Canada, Norway, Sweden, Israel  and the United States, sailed from the port at Naples on Saturday. The...

  • Malmo police see no reason to call JCC attack a hate crime

    October 3, 2012 | 11:53 am

    Police in Malmo, Sweden, said they had “no indication” that a recent attack on the offices of the local Jewish community was a hate crime.

    The police arrested and later released two 18-year-old men suspected of hurling a brick and a large firecracker at the entrance of the...

  • Attack on Malmo’s Jewish community triggers solidarity rallies

    October 2, 2012 | 10:13 am

    Some 70 demonstrators reportedly gathered in Malmö, Sweden, outside the local Jewish community center, to show solidarity with the Jewish community following an attack on its offices.

    Hundreds are expected to attend a similar event Oct. 7 in Stockholm.

    According to the daily...

  • 700 out of 14 million: Why the fate of Malmö’s Jews matters

    September 28, 2012 | 1:20 pm

    I can’t say I was shocked by the phone call and emails from Scandinavia that I received one night after Yom Kippur, telling me that the Jewish Community Center in Malmö, Sweden, had been attacked with an explosive device and bricks through its reinforced entrance just after...

  • Swedish police arrest two after explosion rocks Jewish building

    September 28, 2012 | 9:53 am

    Swedish police arrested two men in connection with an explosion that rocked a Jewish community building in Malmö.

    The explosion took place early in the morning on Sept. 28, according to Fred Kahn, board chairman of the Malmö Jewish community.

    “There was an explosion and someone...

  • Attack on Jewish community in Sweden follows surge of hate crimes

    September 28, 2012 | 9:49 am

    A Jewish community building in Malmö, Sweden was attacked overnight between Thursday and Friday with explosives and bricks.

    "I was shocked that this happened now," Fred Kahn, president of the Jewish Community in Malmö told the TT news agency. "Jewish institutions in Sweden are...

  • Swedish solidarity ‘kippah walk’ unites Jews, non-Jews

    August 17, 2012 | 1:55 pm

    Kippah-wearing Jews and non-Jews are expected to march Saturday in Sweden as a sign of solidarity with Malmo’s Jews.

    “The idea is to show ourselves and others that we refuse to be afraid or hide our Jewish affiliation,” Fredrik Sieradzki, director of communications for the...

  • Remove guest tweeter, head of Swedish Jewish community says

    June 14, 2012 | 2:07 pm

    The president of Sweden’s Jewish communities said the country’s tourism agency should replace this week’s guest operator of the national Twitter account.

    The operator, Sonja Abrahamsson, during her stint on @Sweden has caused a stir with some references she made about Jews. She...

  • Sweden’s guest tweeter makes inappropriate remarks about Jews

    June 13, 2012 | 9:56 am

    A guest tweeter on Sweden’s official Twitter account raised hackles over some racially charged comments about Jews.

    Sonja Abrahamsson, 27, who identifies herself as an unemployed single mother from a small Swedish town, immediately apologized for the tweets, saying that she did not...

  • Swedish minister rebukes Malmo mayor as ‘ignorant and bigoted’

    April 26, 2012 | 2:23 pm

    The mayor of Malmo makes “recurring ignorant and bigoted statements,” a Swedish minister said after meeting with the U.S. envoy to combat anti-Semitism.

    Erik Ullenhag, Sweden’s integration minister, issued the statement just after meeting Thursday with Hannah Rosenthal.

    “Mayor...

  • Hungary, Sweden launch Raoul Wallenberg Year

    January 18, 2012 | 10:48 am

    Ceremonies in Budapest inaugurated Raoul Wallenberg Year, a series of events marking the centennial of the birth of the Swedish diplomat who saved tens of thousands of Jews during the Holocaust.

    Hungarian Foreign Minister Janos Martonyi, Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt and...

  • “Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’s” Steven Berkoff:  ‘in yer face’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    December 18, 2011 | 10:25 pm

    Steven Berkoff, the actor, director and playwright who has achieved notoriety as the bad boy of Britain’s “in yer face” theater, was uncharacteristically apologetic as he arrived on the set of David Fincher’s American movie adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s international best...

  • Swedish queen says father is hero, not Nazi

    August 9, 2011 | 10:54 am

    Sweden’s Queen Silvia says an investigation into her father’s links to the Nazis show that he is a hero.

    A report commissioned by the queen determined that Walter Sommerlath helped at least one Jewish man escape the Nazis. The 34-page report was released on Tuesday.

    Sommerlath...

  • Sweden’s Queen Silvia investigates father’s Nazi ties

    May 17, 2011 | 10:43 am

    Sweden’s Queen Sylvia ordered an investigation into her father’s links to the Nazis, according to reports.

    The German-born queen “has taken the initiative to gather the facts concerning the activities of Walter Sommerlath in Brazil and Germany between 1930 and 1940,” the royal court...

  • Wiesenthal Center asks Sweden to protect its Jews

    March 16, 2011 | 1:49 pm

    The Simon Wiesenthal Center called on the Swedish government to assume the cost of protecting the Jewish community.

    Senior officials of the organization, who visited Stockholm and Malmo during a weeklong fact-finding mission, accused the government of making the Jewish community pay...

  • Making a Mistake is Not Rape

    By Tamara Shayne Kagel

    February 25, 2011 | 10:38 am

    A District Judge has ruled that Julian Assange will be extradited and so he leaves to face his accusers.  As a news junky, I’ve been fascinated with Assange for months and so I’ve been following his rape case rather closely. Or I guess I should say, alleged rape. There are two...

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