Police in Helsinborg, Sweden are investigating a demonstration for alleged incitement and antisemitism. The demonstration was initiated by the Swedish-Palestinian Center in light of the recent tension on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. In July, the conflict grew particularly violent due to increased terror attack on police officers near or on the Temple Mount. The incident led the Israeli government to dispose of metal detectors at the site.
During the demonstration, Jews were called the offspring of apes and pigs, and antisemitic chants were spouted, some going online. The center is spreading antisemitic hatred and propaganda through social media, it holds a Facebook account which was recently blocked. One post went viral and was later removed after intervention by the Israeli ambassador to Sweden, due to its violent nature.
The Israeli Ambassador to Sweden Yizhak Bachman said in response: “I’m glad to see a practical proof that the combat against antisemitism, hate crimes and pure hatred online is something that often bears practical results. After less than 24 hours and countless protests, the shocking, violent, antisemitic and preaching to murder post was removed.” Furthermore he called to continue the fight against antisemitism in all forms.
The investigation began after the Jewish community in Skåne filed a complaint against the center. Chairperson Josefin Thorell told SVT News: “We can see that there are elements in these protests that are worrying and serious because they contain anti-Semitic insults and anti-Semitic claims in combination with a violent rhetoric, in a really unfortunate way.” The police are addressing the issue, and searching for evidence on the center’s activities.
Sources: The Local, Ynet
By: Roni Zedek