March against anti-Semitism in Malmö, August 2012, Photo: Edina Hrustic

Anti-Semitic hate crimes in Skåne triple

The number of reported anti-Semitic hate crimes has risen in the southern province of Skåne, going against the trend in the rest of the country. The local authorities say the increase in complaints may reflect that the police are taking the problem more seriously.

“Trust in the police has been lacking,” Thomas Bull, head of the Malmö Police hate crime unit, tells the TT news agency. “The police’s response has not always been good.”

According to the newspaper Sydsvenskan, this year and last the number of reported anti-Semitic hate crimes in Malmö tripled compared to the previous two years. The Malmö police hope that increased cooperation with affected groups have improved their credibility.

Malmö Mayor Katrin Stjernfeldt Jammeh says she hopes the increased number of complaints will lead to more convictions in court.

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