Some Jews have gotten together and openly flaunted their Jewishness in heavily Muslim Malmo, Sweden. JTA.org reports:
(JTA) – Several hundred kipah-wearing Jews and non-Jews marched in Sweden as a sign of solidarity with Malmo’s Jews.
Some 400 marchers gathered Saturday outside the synagogue in Malmo and walked to Mollevangs Square, a part of the city with many Muslim immigrants from the Middle East.
Speakers included Brigitta Ohlsson, minister for European Affairs; Willy Silberstein, head of the Swedish Committee Against Anti-Semitism; Social Democratic politician Lucian Astudillo; and Jehoshua Kaufman of the Jewish Community of Malmo.
“The idea is to show ourselves and others that we refuse to be afraid or hide our Jewish affiliation,” Fredrik Sieradzki, director of communications for the Jewish community of Malmo, told JTA before the march.
Earlier this year, a rabbi from Malmo was physically assaulted.
In 2010, Malmo Mayor Ilmar Reepalu said that a group of Jews in Malmo who were attacked by Swedish Muslims during a peaceful protest in support of Israel brought the violence upon themselves for not distancing themselves from Israel and its actions during the monthlong Gaza War in 2008-09.
The first walk began in Malmo in January when members of the local synagogue decided to keep on their kipot upon exiting their synagogue. Reports about the march on Facebook helped draw more marchers. Saturday’s walk was the fourth such event in Malmo, which has a Jewish population of approximately 1,800.
I think that’s wonderful. It’s important to bring attention to the problems that large-scale Muslim/African immigration bring to Western countries. It’s also important for people to stand up for what they are and defy the oppressors.
Perhaps we can have “white walks” in the U.S. some day, where whites can stand up to their black/Mexican oppressors and boldly state, “We are white, we are proud, and we do not fear you any longer!”
I would like to think that this kippa walk is the beginning of a larger movement where non-Muslims/non-Africans will take a stand against the invasion of their homelands. It would be ironic in several ways.