Tuesday, September 14, 2021

  • Tuesday, September 14, 2021
  • Elder of Ziyon
The Swedish government issued a statement on antisemitism that surprisingly doesn't completely adhere to the woke definition of the term. 

Mostly, but not completely.

The government website issued a statement "It is everyone's duty to stand up against anti-Semitism." It is signed by Stefan Löfven, who is the lame duck Prime Minister, as well as three other government ministers.


Hatred of Jews is a poison in our society. Anti-Semitic hate crimes and incidents are becoming more common, both in Sweden and in the rest of the world. It's scary and requires us to act. Every form of racism must be fought.

The Holocaust is the ultimate consequence of hatred of the Jews. We have a duty to ensure that the testimonies of the genocides committed by the Nazis and their allies are never lost.

Concrete commitments are now needed. The government has set aside SEK 95 million in the 2022 budget bill for [fighting antisemitism.]

Sweden will make the following commitments:

-Preserve and carry on the memory of the Holocaust.

-Promote education and research on the Holocaust and anti-Semitism and other forms of racism.

-Fight racism - online and offline.

-Promote Jewish life, strengthen the work for Roma inclusion and strengthen the security of civil society.
This section, and others, really concentrate on the Holocaust and don't seem to look at Jews as being real people nowadays. To Sweden, the lesson of the Holocaust is not to hate anyone, and that Jew-hatred is not unique among other bigotries. (It is.) The statement doesn't say a word about how crazed hate of Israel is a cover for modern antisemitism. It has very little about teaching people today what Judaism is, how Jews live, and nothing about how central Israel is to the Jewish experience today.

But one section is refreshing to read within the wokeness:
Hatred of Jews exists in our history, in right-wing extremist groups, in parts of the left and in Islamist circles. We see anti-Semitism among adults and children who have fled to Sweden from countries where anti-Semitism characterizes schooling and state propaganda. We see conspiracy theories on social media and how the memory of the Holocaust is distorted and exploited for political purposes.

Perhaps the antisemitism of Muslims in Sweden is too obvious to ignore when dealing with the topic. Perhaps the glancing mention of the Left is a sop to the IHRA working definition. Still, it is nice to see a little bit of reality in the midst of a statement that mostly looks at Holocaust education as a vaccine against antisemitism, without truly looking at what makes Jew-hatred unique among all bigotries. 

This announcement seems to be linked to Sweden becoming the president of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance next year, and its English language announcement does not mention the antisemitism of the Left or Islamists.

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