Amid Attacks, 'Kippah' Rally Backs Swedish Jews

Many Wearing Yarmulkes, 300 Join March in Malmo

By JTA

Published October 21, 2012.

About 300 people demonstrated in Malmo, Sweden in support of the Jewish community.

The Oct. 20 march came after a series of anti-Semitic attacks on Jewish targets.

Many of those taking part in the march wore kipot as a sign of solidarity, according to thelocal.se. Among those marching in the solidarity demonstration was the mayor of Malmo, Ilmar Reepalu.

The Swedish Minister for Integration Erik Ullenhag announced a $76,000 grant by the government to the Swedish Committee Against Anti-Semitism for a new initiative in Malmö schools to help address problems faced by the city’s Muslim and Jewish populations, thelocal.se reported.

The Malmo police over the weekend announced the establishment of a dedicated hate crimes hotline, following an increase in attacks on Jewish and Muslim targets.

Earlier this month demonstrations were held outside of the local Jewish community center in Malmo and in Stockholm to show solidarity with the community following a firebomb attack on the center’s offices.



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