A court in Helsingborg, Sweden has sentenced a 39-year-old radical Imam to fines and a conditional prison sentence after he referred to Jews as “the progeny of monkey’s and pigs”.
According to a report by Swedish broadcaster SVT, the radical Islamic leader made the comments during a hate-filled address he gave at a demonstration organized by the Swedish-Palestinian center in July of 2017.
The radical Imam acknowledged that his speech, which was delivered in Arabic, was full of vitriolic and hateful language directed against Jews and Israel. Despite the admission, he claimed that his orations were not directed at all Jews but were instead directed at the Jewish state of Israel.
In a press release concerning the incident, the Swedish court wrote: “We think that the speech in its entirety states that the statement was about Jews with a view to their religion, not the regime or the military power.”
Following sentencing, Attorney Ylva Norling Jönsson told reporters, “The conditional sentence has a probation period of two years. If he commits new crimes during that time, the conditional sentence can be replaced by another sentence.”’
Helsingborg’s Jewish community has lauded the court’s verdict, telling SVT, “It is an important signal and mark from society that you cannot stand and say such things.”
The radical Imam faces fines totaling 3,000 Swedish Krona or 277 euros.
Since the migrant crisis began in 2015, anti-Semitism has been a growing problem throughout Europe. Sweden, having taken in more migrants than most European states, has seen a sharp rise in antisemitism in the past few years.
Swedish cities like Malmö, which are heavily populated by migrants from the Muslim world, has seen a sharp rise in anti-Semitic incidents.
In 2017, a demonstration took place in Malmö where protesters chanted about shooting Jews.
Sveriges Radio reported that protesters were heard yelling, “We have announced the intifada from Malmö. We want our freedom back, and we will shoot the Jews.”
In August, several younger members of Malmö’s Jewish community told Sveriges Radio that most of the high schools in the city were simply not safe for Jews to attend.
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