Swedish Muslim Fights Anti-Semitism, Anti-Israel Activists

A member of the Jewish community, wearing a kippa, attends the inauguration of the new synagoge of Bochum, western Germany, also attended by the President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany Charlotte Knobloch and Northrhine-Westphalia State Premier Juergen Ruettgers, 16 December 2007.
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Ynetnews reports: Siavosh Derakhti, 24, a young Muslim of Azeri origin who lives in Malmö, Sweden, well-known for openly fighting anti-Semitism in his country, is currently visiting Israel.

“If you are a Jew, people blame you for everything going on in Palestine. Everybody hates Israel. I don’t accept this and do everything I can to build bridges between Jews and Muslims through education,” Derakhti stated.

Derahkti, director of Young People against Antisemitism and Xenophobia, is considered very unusual in Sweden. Among his activities are organizing demonstrations in support of Jews and organizing delegations of young Swedes—including Christians, Muslims and Jews—to the Nazi death camps. He has a good relationship with the Israeli Embassy in Sweden and even takes part in various programs run by the embassy.

“It is absolutely terrible to be Jew today in Malmö”, said the Swedish Muslim. “Anti-Semites believe in conspiracy theories that (Jews) rule the world. I organized pro-Jewish demonstrations and helped protect our cousins. If Jews can’t live in Sweden I feel it’s a personal failure.”

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