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US envoy meets Malmö mayor in anti-semitism talks

Published tisdag 24 april 2012 kl 15.38
US special envoy in work against anti-semitism, Hannah Rosenthal, in blue, leaves the Malmö city hall after meeting with mayor Ilmar Reepalu. Photo: OLA TORKELSSON / SCANPIX

Today, US President Barack Obama's special envoy and head of Office to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism called on Malmö's mayor to discuss allegations that antisemitism is on the rise there.

Ilmar Reepalu, who is the Social Democratic mayor of Malmö, describes the meeting with special envoy Hannah Rosenthal as open-hearted. Reepalu tells news agency TT that Rosenthal was criticial about how the police are handling hate crimes.

Reepalu says, "She had the understanding that quite a lot of people do in the USA, that it's me who is responsible for the police and how they investigate hate crimes. But I have also criticized the police because there are so many hate crimes that aren't being investigated and instead being swept aside."

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