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January 24, 2009 at 18:06 3 comments

I was reading Per Gudmundson’s excellent blog this evening, and found a most disturbing piece of news. Apparently, the Church of Sweden and the City of Luleå where I grew up have decided to cancel this year’s memorial ceremonies on the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, January 27. The reason isn’t fear of roaming polar bears, forecasts of excessive snowfall that would disturb the event, or just plain laziness.

Instead, it turns out that they’ve decided to cancel because of Operation Cast Lead in Gaza.

The newspaper Dagen quotes the assistant vicar at the cathedral of Luleå, Bo Nordin, saying that the planned memorial service in the cathedral felt “uncomfortable” and “inappropriate” since the “war in Gaza has upset so many people”.

On his blog, Johan Ingerö asks rhetorically if Anne Frank somehow can be blamed for the violence in Gaza, and in Svenska Dagbladet, Sanna Rayman demands of those responsible for the decision to cancel the commemorative ceremonies to spell out exactly why it all of a sudden would be “inappropriate” to remember the victims of the Holocaust in light of the situation in the Middle East.

However, not everyone in Luleå thinks it’s acceptable to blame Jews murdered more than 60 years ago for what’s going on in the Middle East right now. One of them is Miriam Mozel, and she plans to arrange an alternative manifestation on Tuesday in remembrance of the victims of the Holocaust. 

I can only commend her efforts, wish her the best of luck and call on any readers in might have in the subarctic area of Sweden to join her manifestation on Tuesday.


Entry filed under: Allosemitism.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Yehoshua  |  January 26, 2009 at 16:23

    Apparently the trend is spreading – I just read that Catalunia have also cancelled their Holocaust remembrence activities due to the IDF operations in Gaza. Shameful.

  • 2. All Publicity? « A Blog of Two Cities  |  January 27, 2009 at 17:51

    […] the last days’ examples of anti-Jewish activities in various parts of Sweden, most notably Luleå and Malmö, will have. It certainly reminded me of a good reason to […]

  • […] in connection to the international Holocaust Memorial Day.  I’ve already written a blog post about how the cathedral in the city of Luleå canceled a memorial ceremony because of the violence […]


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