Swedish Jewish man denied entry to bus due to Jewish symbol on clothing

The man was going to take a bus in the city - but was asked to get off the bus by the driver because of the Jewish symbol on his clothes. 

The Swedish flag is seen at Gamla Stan, the Old City of Stockholm, Sweden, May 7, 2017. (photo credit: INTS KALNINS / REUTERS)
The Swedish flag is seen at Gamla Stan, the Old City of Stockholm, Sweden, May 7, 2017.
(photo credit: INTS KALNINS / REUTERS)

A man wearing a “Jewish symbol” on his clothes couldn’t board a bus in Malmö, Sweden, according to a complaint he filed with the Swedish Discrimination Ombudsman (DO).

According to the report published by Expressen news site, the man, whose name wasn’t published, was asked to get off the bus by the driver. In the report, the man said he barely had time to get on board before the driver spoke in a negative matter about the clothes he was wearing.

“I was discriminated against,” the man wrote in the complaint report. “The driver saw a Jewish symbol on my clothes and demanded that I get off.”

The man states in his incident report that he told the driver that he paid for his ticket and intended to stay on the bus.

“But then the driver shouted at me that I had to get off, because other passengers did not like that I was Jewish” the man wrote, adding that the driver insisted that he leave the bus.

 Malmo, Sweden (credit: FLICKR) Malmo, Sweden (credit: FLICKR)

According to the Swedish media, the incident took place last month.

In a letter to Skånetrafiken, Sweden’s public transportation company, DO’s investigator Kristoffer Åkesson requested answers to a number of questions about the case.

“The DO wants to know, among other things, what the transport company knows about the incident and what possible measures have been taken or are to be taken in connection with the incident,” the report stated.

Saman Tondnevis, business area manager at Skånetrafiken, is aware of the information from the report and that it has become a matter for the DO.

“We take this very seriously and are currently investigating what happened,” he said.

The Jerusalem Post approached two of Malmos' rabbis, who said that the community doesn't know any of the details surrounding this incident.