Malmo Jewish Funerals Get Protection After Threats

Swedish police posted officers at a Jewish cemetery in Malmo after mourners said they had been intimidated there by passers-by.

The alleged intimidation occurred on March 10 at Malmo’s Ostra, or eastern, Jewish cemetery, the online edition of the Expressen daily reported Saturday.

Two police officers stationed at the cemetery saw two cars speed off as they were approached by police shortly after midnight, according to the report.

Police were called to the scene by a 59-year-old man who stayed at the cemetery overnight to perform a burial ritual and said he felt intimidated by several teenagers he saw in the area. The teens hid when they noticed they were spotted by the man.

The man was in a preparation room to watch over the body of his deceased brother ahead of the burial — a ritual known as shmirat hamet, or guarding of the dead. The mourner’s son also was present.

After seeing the teenagers watching him during the day, the man guarding the body, who was not identified, called police when he feared someone was trying to break into the preparation room.

“We got really scared,” he told the newspaper. “Instead of mourning in peace, we focused on what was happening outside. They’re trying to scare us and, sadly, they are succeeding.”

Malmo’s few hundred Jewish residents have come under attack in recent years from some members of the southern city’s Muslim population, which constitutes one-third of the city’s population.

According to Expressen, over the past two years, some 137 anti-Semitic incidents were recorded in the Malmo region, a figure higher than anywhere else in Sweden.


Malmo Jewish Funerals Get Protection After Threats

Your Comments

The Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. All readers can browse the comments, and all Forward subscribers can add to the conversation. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Forward requires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not and will be deleted. Egregious commenters or repeat offenders will be banned from commenting. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and the Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.

Recommend this article

Malmo Jewish Funerals Get Protection After Threats

Thank you!

This article has been sent!