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US anti-Semitism envoy to meet Swedish mayor over remarks

April 19, 2012 11:05

WASHINGTON - Hannah Rosenthal, the US envoy to combat anti-Semitism, will meet with the mayor of Malmo, Sweden, who is accused of fomenting anti-Semitism.

"I will be meeting with the mayor, I am aware of his remarks and I will express my concern," Rosenthal told JTA on Wednesday just before her departure for a tour of Sweden and Latvia.

Ilmar Reepalu last month told a Swedish magazine that the anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim Sweden Democrats Party had "infiltrated" the city's Jewish community in order to turn it against Muslims. Reepalu later said he had no basis for his remarks and that he "shouldn't have said it that way."

He has also said that his city's tiny Jewish community bears some responsibility for physical attacks against it because the community has not condemned Israel's treatment of the Palestinians.

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