Several hundred Jews and people of other faiths and none marched in the southern Swedish city of Malmo over the weekend to bring attention to intolerance and anti-Semitic attacks in the Nordic country.
Sweden's government has come under criticism for failing to provide adequate protection to the country's small Jewish community and address the issue of anti-Semitism, even after an explosion rocked a building in a Jewish community in Malmo last year.
Malmo’s mayor, Ilmar Reepalu, said that a group of Jews who were attacked during the peaceful demonstration had brought the violence upon themselves for not distancing themselves from Israel and its actions during the month-long Gaza war in 2008-2009.
"I think that it is a small minority that harasses Jews in Malmo," said Willy Silberstein of the Swedish Committee against Anti-Semitism. "The big majority is here with us, but still the enemies are strong enough to be a big problem. That's why I'm here."