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Jews not invited to Swedish Kristallnacht celebration

Frankfurt_am_Main_Synagogue;_November_PogromsCiting security risks, organizers of “Umeå against Nazism” said Jews would not be invited to participate in the event marking Kristallnacht, or the “Night of Broken Glass,” the 1938 Nazi pogrom against Austrian and German Jews.

“In previous years, we have had a lot of Palestinian flags at these rallies, and even one banner where the Israeli flag was equated with a swastika,” said organizer and local Workers’ Party member Jan Hägglund. “The Jewish community wasn’t invited because we assumed they might be uncomfortable around that sort of thing.”

Arutz Sheva added:

Critics claim that Hägglund’s omission must be due to the crowd he invited to the event, implying that it could only be far-left or anti-Israel – thus creating the environment which justified the “security risk.”

Meanwhile, the event’s Facebook page appears to even downplay the Jewish community’s role in the event, instead conveying a generalized, vanilla message of tolerance – not opposition to anti-Semitism.

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Not everyone agrees with the decision, as Arutz Sheva reported:

Some local officials are holding counter-rallies in protest – including municipal worker Anders Agren, who invited the Jewish community to a ceremony which will feature the lighting of memorial candles and a moment of silence.

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Joe Newby

A 10-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Joe ran for a city council position in Riverside, Calif., in 1991 and managed successful campaigns for the Idaho state legislature. Co-author of "Banned: How Facebook enables militant Islamic jihad," Joe wrote for Examiner.com from 2010 until it closed in 2016 and his work has been published at Newsbusters, Spokane Faith and Values and other sites. He now runs the Conservative Firing Line.

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