Sweden Takes Steps to Protect Local Jews from Hate

| September 5, 2011

The Swedish government has earmarked more than $600,000 in its next year's budget to increase security around its Jewish community.

According to a report published in The Local, 4 million kroner ($622,000) has been allocated as a one-time expenditure in the 2012 fiscal year budget to be released on September 20.

The funds are designated as new spending specifically to “increase security and reduce vulnerability for the Jewish minority,” according to a statement by Integration Minister Erik Ullenhag. “Anti-Semitic remarks and other negative treatment based on racist assumptions is never acceptable in a democratic society,” he said.

Speaking with the Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) newspaper, Ullenhag added that Jewish groups in Sweden had repeatedly expressed security concerns. These had resulted in people sometimes deciding not to attend religious services out of fear for their safety, he said. “Clearly, that is totally unacceptable… Jews are one of our national minorities and the state has a responsibility to ensure that people can go to a synagogue and participate in Jewish activities and feel they have the security they believe they need. That's a fundamental right.”



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