Obama Envoy Meets with Shliach in Anti-Semitic City

Hannah Rosenthal, Barack Obama’s special envoy to monitor and combat anti-Semitism, has travelled to Malmö, Sweden, for a closed-doors meeting with the city’s mayor who has been accused of fomenting hatred of Jews.

Ilmar Reepalu recently told Swedish magazine Neo that the far-right Sweden Democrat party has “infiltrated the Jewish community in order to push its hatred of Muslims”.

In February, the US Ambassador to Sweden, Mark Brzezinski, criticised Mr Reepalu at a meeting with the Jewish community.

Ms Rosenthal also met representatives of the local Jewish community, including Chabad Rabbi Shneur Kesselman, who says he has personally experienced around 90 antisemitic incidents since moving to Malmö seven years ago. He believes Swedes with Middle Eastern backgrounds are behind the assaults.

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