A Jew in Sweden or not….

A Jew in Sweden or not….

A Jew in Sweden or a Swedish Jew?

A lot of people have been asking me to reflect my thoughts about what Björn Söder, deputy speaker in parliament and member of the Swedish Democrats, said a few weeks ago about a Jew being a real Swede or not. According to him, a real Jew who keeps the Jewish traditions and refuses to assimilate and destroy his Jewishness is not a real Swede. Believe me, I agree with him. We, as a Jewish nation, don’t want to be like everyone else. Our first priority is to be who we are, Jews and secondary in one or another way fit into the society where we live. But we always have to remember that we are Jews and not like the others. Sweden or France or any other country isn’t ours, we are there as guests. For a Jew to be outside Israel is a divine punishment and we have to remind ourselves that we are primarily Jews. Björn Söder helps us to remember this. Sure, the Jews who decide to assimilate and live like the non-Jews are more like the non-Jews than Jews. The ironic part is that the Swedish Democrats is the only party in Sweden that supports Israel and tries to defend the Jews in Sweden and try to push their need for security. The rest of the Swedish Parlament is more or less anti-Israel and anti-Jewish. These people are crying out over Björn Söder’s so called anti-Semitism, when them themselves wouldn’t mind to erase Israel from the map (as some already have done) and recognize a Palestinian state as the Swedish government did some time ago.

Björn Söder, deputy speaker in parliament and member of the Swedish Democrats

Björn Söder, deputy speaker in parliament and member of the Swedish Democrats

Maybe I am an anti-Semite as well, since I also believe that a Jew is primarily Jewish and not part of the land where he temporarily dwells. If a Jew starts to feel too comfortable then he will assimilate and be that kind of a Jew Björn Söder is talking about. Obviously I do think, though, that Jews should be as welcome in Sweden as any other person.

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