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Swedish Jews to appeal neo-Nazi march near synagogue
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Swedish Jews to appeal neo-Nazi march near synagogue

Sweden's main Jewish organisation is appealing a police decision to grant the openly racist neo-Nazi group, the Nordic Resistance Movement (NRM), permission to stage a march near a synagogue in Gothenburg on September 30.

The march will not only fall on the same day as the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, it will also pass close to a Gothenburg synagogue.

“It’s the day of the year when many Jews who normally don’t go to the synagogue will gather there. On this day, the police have decided to grant the neo-Nazi Nordic Resistance Movement permission to march through Gothenburg, no more than a stone’s throw away from the synagogue,” Aron Verständig, chairman of The Official Council of Swedish Jewish Communities, and Allan Stutzinky, chairman of the Jewish Community in Gothenburg, wrote in an opinion piece in daily newspaper Svenska Dagbladet.

“Aside from out of fear for our own security, it evokes uncomfortable associations for us Jews. During the Holocaust it wasn’t unusual for the German Nazis to conduct their horrendous atrocities on the most important days of the Jewish calendar,” they added.

Earlier this year, anti-racism foundation Expo said that the NRM was the driving force behind a surge in neo-Nazi activity in Sweden in 2016, with propaganda-spreading including the distribution of flyers and stickers their most common form of activity.

Click here to read the full article in The Local

Tuesday, September 12, 2017
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