Sweden Democrats call for debate about extremist violence. Wiesenthal Center tells Jewish people not to travel to southern Sweden. Alicia Vikander – Shooting Star. Cyndee Peters returns to the US.
Sweden Democrats call for debate about extremist violence
The alleged anti-immigration party, the Sweden Democrats has called for a parliamentary debate on "violent Islamist extremism." “This is a significant and current problem," said party leader Jimmie Åkesson in the Riksdag. The party, among else, refers to that the country for the first time has experienced a terrorist attack by an "Islamist extremist". The other parties in the parliament intends to say no to such a debate and believe that the Sweden Democrats plays on upset emotions.
Wiesenthal Center tells Jews not to travel to southern Sweden
Human rights organization issues travel advisory because Jews in Sweden “have been subject to anti-Semitic taunts and harassment”. The Simon Wiesenthal Center, a Los Angeles-based human rights organization, has taken the unusual step of issuing a travel advisory about security concerns in Sweden because of growing anti-Jewish discrimination. During a meeting on Tuesday with Sweden’s Justice Minister Beatrice Ask in Stockholm, the associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, Rabbi Abraham Cooper, and Dr. Shimon Samuels, who oversees the center’s International Relations department, outlined the reasons for the travel advisory. “We reluctantly are issuing this advisory because religious Jews and other members of the Jewish community there have been subject to anti-Semitic taunts and harassment. There have been dozens of incidents reported to the authorities but have not resulted in arrests or convictions for hate crimes”, said the two Wiesenthal Center representatives in a statement. Cooper and Samuels added that “a contributing factor to this decision has been the outrageous remarks of Malmö mayor Ilmar Reepalu, who blames the Jewish community for failing to denounce Israel. The advisory aimed at Jewish travelers urges extreme caution when visiting southern Sweden.
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Cyndee Peters returns to the US
Wonderful and popular gospel singer Cyndee Peters, who has made her home in Sweden for 40 years, is moving back to the US, more specifically New York. “I got this intuitive feeling that I had done what I should here,” she says. Cyndee Peters came to Sweden when she was 22 years old, and married Swedish journalist Lasse Strandell.