I want to document a turn in my political outlook. The triggering event is the decision of the City of Malmo, the third largest in Sweden, to forbid the Swedish-Israeli game of the Davis Cup series Friday through Sunday. Later they decided to allow the game but without public, because they said they couldn't guarantee security at the 4,000-seat Baltic Hall. Anti-Israel protests are expected in Malmo, and about 1,000 police have been called in to keep protesters from the arena. A third of the population of Malmo is Muslim and they have been rioting and burning non-stop since January (not because of the match but because the owner of the building where a Muslim Center is housed had decided not to renew the lease). The situation in Malmo is so bad that bus service has been suspended and telephone repairmen require armed guards to enter Muslim neighborhoods. A third of the population of Malmo is Muslim.
According to the Israeli players, "It's going to be very bad to play without a crowd."
Sweden and the Nordic countries are, traditionally, fair and friendly towards Israel. The fact that Israeli sportsmen have been forbidden to play in Malmo means that Malmo is now a hostile city for Israelis and also for Swedish Jews. With Sweden ruled by a weak government allied to the compact, active, violent and anti-Jewish Muslim minority (now a third of the population and growing), may we consider Sweden a fair and friendly country? Or should we consider it a shiftless, potentially hostile country, increasingly aligned with the Muslim world?
If so, who are our allies in Sweden? I would say that our natural allies are those who are fighting against Muslim domination and for keeping Sweden Swedish. Swedish people was always naturally friendly toward the Jews. These people, White Nationalists or whatever they call themselves, are branded as right wing lunatics, enamoured of Nazi uniforms and symbols, a failed regime that left only destruction in its wake, dressed up in repugnant sadomasochistic paraphernalia. Should they grow out of their childish role-playing, people could hear their political message, which is potent, clear, attractive, vote-getting. They should understand that no political leader can be racist in this world, because every child (even mine) has been irreversibly indoctrinated against racism, whatever it is. In France, Le Pen has been leading this way. He has abandoned racist images, and he has become almost friendly toward France's Jews, certainly much more than the extreme left allied with the Muslim niederwelt. What he failed to do is to attract and integrate within his movement the intellectual leadership of France, which is, in large part, as everywhere, heavily Jewish. Should Le Pen ally with the French Jewish intelligentzia, he would be Le President. I dont know who is the Swedish Leader in Malmo, but the project of saving Malmo from becoming a violent Muslim town is in our interest too and the two interests should meet.
Malmo must be Swedish, not because I am Swedish (I am not), nor because we Jews have a debt of historic gratitude to Raoul Wallenberg (we do), nor because of affinity with the Swedish soul (none, the uncomprehensible Swedish language drives me to paroxism, I dont like their theater and filmography -hate the mystic symbolism of Bergman, Nordic literature bores me to desperation. I never drink Absolut, only Russian vodka. ) but because the Swedish are decent, Godfearing, good people.