October 25, 2019

New survey: Many Swedes are worried about antisemitism

Source: aftonbladet
Aftonbladet / Inizio has done a survey which reveals the Swedes' concern about the rise of antisemitism and why it is a growing problem in Sweden.

The study shows, among other things, that:

 - One in three Swedes experiences antisemitism in his daily life

 - The most vulnerable are young, up to 29 years

 - The majority (55%) think that antisemitism in Sweden has increased over the past 5 years

 - More than one in three (36%) have experienced antisemitism in their everyday lives once or several times. Among those up to 29 years, half have experienced it once or more ( 52% ).

 - More than two-thirds (71%) of the Swedish people are very (33%) or little (38%) concerned about antisemitism. Women feel greater concern than men, and unrest is greater in big cities than in the country. 

 - Every other Swedish (52%) knows the Holocaust very well and 40 percent knows it quite well. The proportion who believe that they know the Holocaust very well is higher among men. 

 - Three out of four (77%) find it very important to remember the Holocaust in the form of the Memorial Day on January 27 each year, which was instituted by the UN in 2005. A few think it is not important. These are found among men, younger and those with lower education.

Do you think antisemitism has increased or decreased in Sweden in the last 5 years?

How well would you say you know about the Holocaust?

In Aftonbladet / Inizio's survey of antisemitism, the Swedes were allowed to write freely about their thoughts on the Holocaust and antisemitism - and state whether they themselves experienced antisemitism in their everyday lives.

“I am a Jew myself and have been told many times about how rich I am at the expense of others. How we control the world, Hitler should quit his job, etc., ” writes a young man.

"Jude is used as a scapegoat," writes an elderly man.

“Hawks on buses and public places. NMR has stood and healed the city, ” writes a young woman.

Today, Salomea Gosenius often wears a Star of David, a great Jewish symbol, around his neck. She feels that the conflict between Israel and Palestine is the root of many antisemitic expressions in Malmö.

- Now I have lived openly as a Jewess for a while but I am still scared and know that it is dangerous. Afraid that someone will hurt my family. It has been several generations since the Holocaust and there has not yet come a time where we can live Jewish, Salomea Gosenius tells Aftonbladet.