Minorities Don’t Win Elections

February 27, 2010 at 16:25 Leave a comment

The debate about Ilmar Reepalu, Mayor of Malmö, and his cavalier attitude toward antisemitism in his city, and his statements that seem to place the blame for the problems on the local Jews themselves go on. Since I last wrote about it here, Mr. Reepalu has accused his political opponents of orchestrating a campaign against him in this election year.

He has also been interviewed in the British Sunday Telegraph, where he made some new interesting statements:

There haven’t been any attacks on Jewish people, and if Jews from the city want to move to Israel that is not a matter for Malmö.

This quote drew a lot of fire. Svenska Dagbladet, Expressen, Kvällsposten and Östgöta Correspondenten criticized Mr. Reepalu.

So did Fredrick Federley, Member of the Swedish Parliament for the Center Party.  Mr. Federley is a known supporter of Israel and gay rights. This openly gay MP, who even has his own drag act, called upon Mr. Reepalu to resign and challenged him to a public debate on antisemitism.

In a reply, Mr. Reepalu chose to brush the criticism from Mr. Federley aside with the words:

– Who’s Fredrick Federley? Is that the one who appeared as a transvestite the other day, he had some woman’s name, right?

Then Mr. Reepalu added: “On what grounds should I debate with him?”

Maybe it’s time for all the paranoid, wolf-crying hunters of antisemites of the world to call off the hounds? Maybe Mr. Reepalu isn’t an antisemite after all? Maybe he’s equally insensitive to all minority groups?

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Entry filed under: Allosemitism, Politics.

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