The Jewish folks in Malmo, Sweden, have new enemies growing in their midst. Muslims, constituting the more than 20% of the city’s population, are directing hate crimes against the Jews. The number of such incidents doubled last year. And while no direct personal attacks have occurred so far, anti-Semitism is palpable in the air in Malmo.
A country of tolerance
Sweden is known for its neutrality and liberal social policies. It was that way thirty years ago when I spent a fair amount of time there. My own experience astounded me, at the time, how everything was okay in Sweden. Everyone practiced tolerance of others, while everyone, no matter how divergent, converged to an acceptable and moderate norm for themselves.
Tolerance was the word then and the accepted social mantra, but the Muslim community now in Malmo is of a different belief. Their despise of persons outside their own particular religion and culture grows apparent.
Hatreds carried along
Liberal policies allowed Muslims to flow into Sweden and make their home in a place where mostly anything goes-including tolerance of a culture intolerant of the very culture that welcomed them. Unrest in the Middle East of late prompted Sweden to throw open its liberal doors to Muslim immigrants. Their increasing population and voice of intolerance in the city are manifest in the increasing show of ancient hatreds.
Jews came to Sweden, and Malmo in particular, during and after WWII. It’s no wonder they fled from Germany and Eastern Europe to a country purporting neutrality. But the Swedish practice liberal policy to a fault, allowing the perpetual influx of folks like Muslims, who refuse to assimilate and perpetuate their own intolerant culture.
A changing nature
Sound familiar? When countries allow unrestricted immigration across their borders, the expectation is that immigrants will take on the ways of the new country. It is what is expected in the U.S., although recent liberalization of laws and practices leave one suspect about that these days.
Immigrants usually leave their homeland to get away from persecutions of one sort or another for the freedoms expected in the new country. But the Muslim immigrants in Sweden aren’t living by that rule. Unfortunately for the Jews in Sweden, the Muslims are bringing their hatreds from the homeland and changing the neutrality and tolerance of a once equitable society.
Can it happen here?
If it can happen in Sweden it can happen here. With sharia law being demanded in some U.S. cities, with exploding Muslim populations in some U.S. regions, with a U.S. President showing some allegiance to Muslim cronies, with growing social tolerance for Muslim practices in the U.S., I wonder if we aren’t headed in the same direction as Sweden.