Man tries to punch Jewish Finnish parliament speaker

Ben Zyskowicz is assaulted by man shouting anti-Semitic slurs; prominent politician unhurt.

June 2, 2011 16:24
1 minute read.
Ben Zyskowicz

Ben Zyskowicz 311. (photo credit: Courtesy)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

A prominent Jewish politician in Finland was assaulted on Wednesday by a man shouting a racial epithet against Jews, according to a local newspaper.

Ben Zyskowicz, a member of the National Coalition Party who was recently appointed speaker of the Finnish parliament, was attacked by a middle-aged man in Helsinki, Finnish tabloid Ilta-Sanomat reported.

Finland president encourages women in peace process
'EU anti-Semitic acts dropped 46% in 2010'

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.

“The situation was quite out of nowhere. He came directly at me and tried to hit me in the face. However, I managed to swerve,” the newspaper quoted Zyskowicz as saying.

Zyskowicz said the assailant had called him a “jutkuksi,” a Finnish slur against Jews. He was not wounded in the incident.

Zyskowicz was born in Sweden to a Jewish couple but grew up in his mother’s birth country, Finland. He is the first member of the country’s approximate 1,500 Jews to be elected to parliament.

“These attacks are rare,” Israeli-Finnish blogger Dennis Mitzner said on Thursday. “If you walk around Helsinki any time you’ll find Zyskowicz at a cafe having lunch. He’s one of the most visible politicians and is very accessible, perhaps the most popular politician in the country. I don’t remember the last time a Jew was attacked in Finland.”

Finnish President Tarja Halonen, who visited Israel last year, condemned the incident, and Zyskowicz said he wouldn’t press charges.

Related Content

Joan Rivers
August 28, 2014
Joan Rivers rushed to hospital following throat surgery