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Op-Ed: 700,000 Jews are considering leaving Europe

Supporters of Karpaty Lviv hold a German Nazi flag with a swastika as they attend a soccer match against Dynamo Kiev in Kiev August 19, 2007. Poland and Ukraine denounced British press allegations of racism and mob violence at soccer stadiums and assured foreign footballers and fans on May 29, 2012 that they would be safe during the Euro 2012 tournament they will jointly host in June 2012. A BBC Panorama investigative programme on soccer violence filmed in their countries, which aired on May 28, 2012 contained footage of fans giving Nazi salutes, taunting black players with monkey noises, anti-Semitic chants and a group of Asian students being attacked at the Metalist Stadium in Kharkiv, one of the four Ukrainian cities which will be hosting matches. Picture taken August 19, 2007. REUTERS/Stringer/Files (UKRAINE - Tags: SPORT SOCCER CRIME LAW CIVIL UNREST) - RTR32TKD

European Jews are at a crossroads as anti-Semitism surges.

In the industrial area of Malmo, the third largest city in Sweden – which has always been governed by the Social Democrats -there is the famous spiral skyscraper designed by architect Santiago Calatrava. It is inspired by a human torso, meant to symbolize the dozens of ethnic groups living in the city, all bound in a multicultural embrace. Approximately one third of 300,000 inhabitants of Malmö are, in fact, of foreign origin and this percentage is increasing steadily.

But Jews are fleeing Malmö.

In the seventies, the community had more than 2,000 members: today there are less than 500. The others left for Stockholm or for Israel.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center issued a warning to all Jews who visit Malmo,  “hide public religious signs and do not speak Hebrew”. Malmo was laready Marseille five years earlier: two days ago, the Jewish authorities in the French city issued a similar warning, “take off the kippa for your own good”.

The European Union’s Agency for Fundamental Rights reveals that a third of the Jews of the Old Continent have stopped wearing religious symbols because of fear of attacks. From Denmark


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