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Sweden Joins the Fight against Anti-Semitism

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Sweden Joins the Fight against Anti-Semitism with Solidarity Sabbath

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Sweden commends the Solidarity Sabbath and the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice for their work to combat anti-Semitism and intolerance and to promote freedom of conscience and belief. Sweden is proud to join in this effort and will continue to promote religious freedom both domestically and internationally so as to build a powerful momentum against anti-Semitism and religious discrimination.

“There must be no place for anti-Semitism in Sweden, Europe or the rest of the world. The Swedish Government is strongly committed to the fight against anti-Semitism in Sweden as well as abroad..Anti-Semitism, like all forms of intolerance and xenophobia, is ultimately a threat to the entire system of values underpinning democratic societies,” says Prime Minister Stefan Löfven.Expressions of anti-Semitism, such as attacks on synagogues, community halls and individual Jews, have led the Swedish Government to take a very serious view of the situation of the Jewish population in Sweden..

The Government has taken several measures in recent months to fight anti-Semitism, including launching a major educational project in 2015-2017, which is being carried out by the Living History Forum.In its work against anti-Semitism and for Jewish security in Sweden, the Government is engaged in ongoing dialogue with representatives of the Jewish community.

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The Swedish Police Authority has also taken steps, including strengthening and developing the dialogue with faith communities regarding surveillance at religious buildings and sites.

The Solidarity Sabbath and Tom Lantos

The Solidarity Sabbath is an international initiative aimed at demonstrating support for threatened Jewish communities and promoting the advancement of the fundamental rights of freedom of religion, conscience and belief.

Tom Lantos was one of thousands of Hungarian Jews rescued by Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg during the Nazi occupation of Hungary. Following his rescue, Lantos worked for Wallenberg delivering Swedish Passports to Hungarian Jews. Lantos immigrated to the United States and was elected to Congress. The Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice was established to perpetuate Tom Lantos’ legacy as champion for human rights.

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