“A Jew, I cannot believe that you cannot be a Jew in Sweden!” says Siavosh Derakhti.
The 23-year-old Muslim is the child of Iranian parents, refugees of the Iran-Iraq war. He has become a champion in the fight against anti-Semitism in Malmö, a town a little smaller than Halifax perched on the southern tip of Sweden.
Muslim immigrants, most with roots in the Middle East, make up nearly a third of Malmö’s population.
Cultural tension in the town has been building for years, much of it directed against the new immigrants, but anti-Semitism has also been rising. The Simon Weisenthal Center in Los Angeles issued a travel advisory to Jews in 2010 – don’t go to Malmö. It reissued the warning last year.
Derakhti gets hate mail from the far-right and death threats from fellow Muslims…
I am glad that at least one Muslim is somewhat different. Yet, we must look at the overall picture. Certainly, taken as individuals, one can find many fine Muslims. But taken as a group, the majority are terrible immigrants.
I have noticed that many Iranians have been less problematic: their parents left because they did not want to live under a theocracy.