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Anti-zionist Conference is Canceled in Sweden, Ostensibly Due to Threats

An announced World Anti-Zionist Conference that was to haven taken place in Stockholm last weekend was canceled by its chief organizer, who claimed he had been threatened with death if the meeting were to take place.

Ahmed Rami of the Stockholm-based Radio Islam told Swedish newspapers that the conference would be held eventually in another European country, according to Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center here, who monitored the situation.

The original conference announcement listed a roster of speakers that included black separatists, such as Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, and Holocaust-deniers, such as David Irving.

Rahmi is an Arab who served a six-month jail term for broadcasting anti-Semitic diatribe.

Cooper had described the planned list of participants as a “who’s who of bigots, Holocaust-deniers and terrorists.”

Swedish authorities said that apparently none of the announced speakers had entered the country in the days preceding the conference date.

An announced parade of right-wing and neo-Nazi elements in Stockholm did take place Monday, a day of commemoration for a Swedish king.

Some 250 skinheads and neo-Nazis were confronted by 1,200 anti-racists and in the ensuing clash 50 demonstrators and police officers were injured.

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