STOCKHOLM ― Rabbi Shneur Kesselman estimates that he has been the victim
of 100 or so anti-Semitic confrontations since he arrived in the
southern Swedish city of Malm in 2004. The latest was just a few days
ago, when some young immigrants in a car spotted him on his way home
after the evening service at the synagogue. The driver accelerated up
onto the sidewalk as if trying to run him over.
Kesselman leads the Jewish congregation in Malmo, a town where many Jews are now afraid to wear a yarmulke or a Star of David in public. With his big beard and black hat, he stands out as an orthodox Jew, and is constantly spat upon, cursed at, and threatened. About a dozen families in his congregation have decided to leave the city for Israel or the United States, and the Simon Wiesenthal Center, named after the famous Nazi-hunter, has issued a warning for Jews visiting the town.
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