Last year, a 70-year-old retired female professor in Lund, Sweden, received a threatening letter. The letter had the logo of the Swedish pro-Nazi organization Nordic Resistance Movement. His house was burnt in the morning one day in October. Luckily she was not at home that day. But such an incident seems strange in Sweden, Europe’s most liberal country. Fearing further attacks, she wants to hide her name. The professor is targeted because he is Jewish. She is not alone in this matter.
Violence against Jews is increasing in many countries of the world. In the US, attacks on Jews doubled in 2018 compared to 2017. The trend of violence has increased especially in Europe, which had witnessed a campaign of hatred and annihilation against Jews 75 years ago. Britain recorded the most anti-Semitic attacks in the last three years. Such attacks increased 74% in France in 2017-2018. In Germany last year such incidents increased by 19% over the previous year.
In a survey of the European Union, 89% said that opposition to Jews is spreading. The survey on the continent was published in January. After a survey of 16300 Jews in 12 EU countries in a separate survey, the EU’s Basic Rights Agency concluded that hatred and violence against Jews had increased in this decade. 38% of people said they are thinking of migrating because they are not safe.
European officials are shocked by these results. Such a situation has arisen for Europe’s oldest community for several reasons. Advocates of the superiority of whites and opponents of Israel have fueled this fire. Millions of outsiders are settling in Europe. A large number of these people are from Muslim countries who have a very aggressive attitude towards Israel and Jews.
The anti-Jewish Nordic resistance movement in Sweden has registered as a political party. In 2010, Karine Zoberg, who had been living in the town of Umiya, opened the Jewish Center. The Jewish people celebrated the festival here. Every year in January, Holocaust (plan to exterminate Jews) commemorative day used to put photos of Hitler. Joburg closed the center in 2017 following threats. Two Muslim teenagers in Malmö tried to set fire to a Jewish prayer site last year.
Signs of hope have emerged amid the murky landscape. Many leaders in Europe think that there will be a struggle against anti-Semitism. French President Emmanuel Macron said the Jewish protest was against French values. He said this during a visit to an anti-Semitic cemetery.