Sweden’s third-largest city, Malmo, has seen a near tripling of reports of anti-Semitic attacks, according to official figures.
According to the Sydsvenskan local daily, Swedish police recorded 60 hate crimes against Jews in 2012, up from an average of 22 in 2010 and 2011, and during the first six months of 2013, police reported 35 such attacks in Malmo, putting the city on a pace to break last year’s record.
But the increase may reflect greater willingness to report on the part of victims, according to Fred Kahn, chairman of the board of the Malmo Jewish community, which numbers a few hundred people.
“There was some increase in hate crimes, and to combat it the Jewish community is reporting more,” he told JTA Thursday. “I think we are reporting a lot more and we are also feeling more confident.”