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  • News Analysis: Sweden Fights Holocaust Ignorance by Hosting Forum, Sparking Education

    One of the first international political meetings of the new century dealt with ethics and values, rather than issues of war and money. That’s what French Prime Minister Lionel Jospin pointed out as the most significant legacy of the Stockholm International Forum on the Holocaust, which closed last Friday. Previous Holocaust-related conferences have dealt with… More ▸

  • Swedish Initiative May Serve As Model for Holocaust Education

    In an attempt to ensure that money is not the last word on the Holocaust, an international task force of Holocaust scholars and government officials has launched a new project to promote Holocaust education, research and remembrance. The task force, which includes representatives from the United States, Israel, Sweden, Britain and Germany, met last week… More ▸

  • Film Depicts Swedish Pilgrims in Jerusalem During 19th Century

    In 1896, some 40 men, women and children from a small village in northern Sweden sold their farms and worldly belongings to live in the holy city of Jerusalem and serve God. What possessed these people to pull up centuries-old roots and venture to an unknown and barren land? That question fascinated Swedish writer and… More ▸

  • E.u. Chooses Swede to Head Palestinian Elections’ Monitors

    The 15 foreign ministers of the European Union this week chose former Swedish justice and trade minister Carl Lidbom to head a team of international observers to monitor the upcoming Palestinian elections. Israel and the Palestinian Authority asked the European Union in May to coordinate the team of 600 observers that will monitor Palestinian elections…. More ▸

  • Cemetery Desecrated in Sweden

    An ancient Jewish cemetery in Sweden was vandalized last week by unknown perpetrators, according to local police. In the cemetery in the town of Karlskrona, two tombstones were overturned and 15 others were daubed with swastikas. During the last couple of weeks, synagogues and Jewish cemeteries in England, Germany and Romania have been defaced. “This… More ▸

  • Swedish Leader Leaves Israel Early

    Swedish Deputy Prime Minister Mona Sahlin cut short a visit to Israel, after the Foreign Ministry denied her permission to meet with Palestinian officials at Orient House in eastern Jerusalem. Sahlin said prior to her departure Monday that she would return to Israel at a time when she would be able to choose “Whom I… More ▸

  • Peres Denies Report He Met with PLO Official in Sweden

    Foreign Minister Shimon Peres has denied a media report that he met with a high-level Palestine Liberation Organization official in Stockholm last week. The report, which appeared in the newspaper Yediot Achronot, claimed the meeting took place, but did not identify with whom. Peres said Tuesday that he had not met with any PLO officials… More ▸

  • Swedish Jewish Cemetery Vandalized

    A Jewish cemetery near Stockholm, Sweden, was desecrated Sunday. Some 124 headstones were overturned by the unknown vandals, according to Salomon Berlinger, the head of the community. It was the second such desecration in Sweden since last November. Berlinger said this latest desecration is believed linked to the recent distribution of anti-Semitic pamphlets in 15… More ▸

  • 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… More ▸

  • Israel and Jewish Groups Ask Sweden to Ban Anti-zionist Conference

    Israel and Jewish groups around the world have called on Sweden to bar entry into the country of delegates to a “world anti-Zionist conference” scheduled to be held in Stockholm this weekend. Stockholm Jews have already linked the desecration of their cemetery this week to the conference, which is being organized by a Stockholm-based Islamic… More ▸