Swedish radio apologizes for Jews’ responsibility question

Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, third left, and Jewish community leaders pay their respect outside the synagogue Krystalgade in Copenhagen, on February 15, 2015. (photo credit: AFP/Odd Andersen)

Swedish public radio apologized on Tuesday after a presenter questioned the Israeli ambassador about the responsibility of Jews for anti-Semitism, in the wake of the shooting of a Jewish man in neighboring Denmark.

Relations between Israel and Sweden are already strained over the Swedish parliament’s decision last year to formally recognize the Palestinian state.

On Tuesday, a journalist for Sveriges Radio (SR) asked ambassador Isaac Bachman on air: “Are Jews themselves responsible for the progression of anti-Semitism?”

The ambassador appeared shocked by the suggestion, and replied: “I purely and simply reject the question.”

When the journalist asked “Why?”, Bachman said: “There was no reason to ask this question.”

The station removed the program from its online archive and issued a full apology…