Jews in Malmo Sweden hold ‘kippah walk’ to fight anti-SemitismBy Mason White 4:16 PM March 10, 2013
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By: Shifra Unger
(Scroll down for video) The Jewish community in Malmo, Sweden, is holding regular ‘kippah walk’ events in order to fight anti-Semitism in Malmo, Sweden, according to press reports in Sweden.
Video cameras and heavily secured doors greet visitors as they approach the Malmo Jewish community center. Once inside, appointments are made with a secretary who sits behind a thick bulletproof glass.
Security has been strengthened in the building, located in central Malmo, following an explosion last September that led to arrests and was classified as a hate crime by local police.
The attack was only one in a long string of anti-Semitic incidents that have become increasingly common in the third largest city of Sweden. Even the city’s long sitting mayor, Ilmar Reepalu, who recently announced his plans to resign, has been dogged by accusations of anti-Semitism.
But Malmo’s small Jewish population is fighting back. Amid the broken glass and the reports of the persecution, the incidents are being used as a catalyst for change that involves not only local Jews, but also the general population.
Malmo’s Jewish community center has about 600 members, among an estimated total population of 2,500 Jews.
The community began organizing regular kippah walks in Malmo, as a response to the persistent anti-Semitism.
“The use of the kippah is not just a protest against anti-Semitism, but also a revival of Jewish self-confidence,” a Jewish community member explained.
A recent Malmo kippah walk had a healthy participation of people from all parts of the city. Many are motivated to show their support for local Jews after media reports of harassment and intimidation.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view