New measures to fight anti-Semitism
Following the terrorist attacks in Paris, the Swedish government is consulting with Jewish organizations in Sweden on the level of threat here.
The Democracy and Home Affairs Ministers met representatives from the Jewish community Friday. They described threats so serious that Säpo, the intelligence and security unit of the police, have been brought into the discussions.
After the meeting, Democracy Minister Alice Bah Kuhnke commented on the situation facing Swedish Jews: “This is completely unacceptable. They have expressed a growing insecurity, but this is the tip of the iceberg.”
Bah Kuhnke has promised to take action, including more resources to the group concerned with violent extremism led by former Social Democrat leader Mona Sahlin. The Minister of Education is also going to be involved, with a review of the content in Swedish textbooks.
Representatives from the Jewish community expressed satisfaction with the meeting with the government, but also say they need more help. One security expert in the community said: “The threat picture has become worse. It’s everything from slander in social media to property damage and serious threats. There have been three bomb threats that I consider serious. From my point of view, we need extra resources for security around Jewish places.”