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Explosion of racist websites and threats in Sweden followed by some European countries

Monday, 22 August 2011
The number of racist websites around purported to have originated from the so-called “developed countries” have exploded in the past recent years. In 2009 there were 8000 such sites but in 2010 it exploded to about 15 000.

"We have a threat to the open society in the form of anti-Semitism and Islamophobia", says Swedish Integration Minister, Erik Ullenhag.

“The Swedish people are a tolerant people, but we must not duck because of the extremely negative attitude towards Muslims and Jews from a small minority, which also appears to be on the increase, said Ullenhag at a press briefing on Monday.

The organisation, Forum for Living History presented a report they produced on behalf of the Swedish Government which shows a prevalence of anti-Semitism and Islamophobia in Sweden. The report also compiles existing knowledge in the field.
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Internet was in 2010 the most common place for hate crimes with anti-Semitic motives. A total of 161 police reports were filed. Notifications of hate crimes with islamophobic motives came up to about 252 cases. One-tenth of the crimes were carried out on the internet.

The perpetrators are usually men with an average age of 35 years. According to the report, about 6 - 7 percent of young people live in homes with anti-Semitic and Islamophobic views, which is an increase compared to the past. A large number of young people are insecure in their views.

Muslims and Jews who wear visible religious symbols meet in their daily lives in Sweden aggressive discrimination tendencies in Sweden. Muslim schoolgirls and women with headscarves and orthodox Jews who dress according to their culture and keep beards are especially vulnerable.

A lot of prejudices also spread in school books and contributes to both anti-Semitism and Islamophobia, the report said.

“We must always take the debate about tolerance but also must become more present in forums where we normally are not,” said Eric Ullenhag, and aimed in particular at comments and fields in online journals.

Sweden, after Germany and the UK are the countries with the largest number of reported anti-Semitic crimes. But the authors emphasize that international comparisons are difficult, because so few countries register hate crimes.

The report also shows that international events often have national repercussions. So, for example, there were increased complaints of anti-Semitic crimes after Israel's military offensive in the Gaza 2009. The same thing happened with Islamophobic crimes after events of 11 September 2001.
By Scancomark.se Team



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