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Malmo Launches School Program Against anti-Semitism

The initiative, which is being launched in cooperation with the Jewish community, is part of a larger effort in Sweden to teach about prejudice in general.

People march for International Al Quds Day in Malmo, Sweden, September 27, 2008.
People march for International Al Quds Day in Malmo, Sweden, September 27, 2008. Wikipedia

The Swedish city of Malmo is taking action against anti-Semitism in cooperation with the local Jewish community by launching an educational program in the city's schools.

Malmo has the worst reputation in the country for anti-Semitic incidents. The city has a large Muslim and immigrant community that is very vocally anti-Israel. Many Jews in the city have reported being increasingly subjected to threats, intimidation and actual violence as stand-ins for Israel.

The program, which is funded by the Swedish government agency for youth, is part of a larger national effort to educate teachers about anti-Semitism and other forms of racism, reports the Jewish Chronicle.

The instructional program includes videos, discussion materials and exercises for students. Almost 300 local teachers and at least 7,000 students are expected to take part in the program, reports the Svenska Dagbladet. The teacher training will start in October.

In one of the videos to be used in the initiative, a Jewish student talks how he is proud to be Jewish, but would never walk around the city with an openly Jewish symbol such as a Star of David or a kippa, since he puts his personal safety first. The materials are meant to tell stories that young people can relate to.

In addition to the situation in today, the program also touches upon the Holocaust.

The program is directed not only at fighting anti-Semitism, but also racism, prejudice and stereotypes in general.