What is a hate crime?
Sometimes the line is blurry. Sometimes it’s pretty clear when the motives behind a crime are hate related.
To the police in Sweden, particularly when the victims are Jews, they tend to have some difficulty.
This week in Gothenburg when Jews were holed up in a synagogue as it was being firebombed, the Gothenburg police said it was “too early to know if an attack on a synagogue would be investigated as a hate crime“.
Hey, @polisen_gbg, we understand you are having trouble determining if firebombing a synagogue is a hate crime. It's ok. Not everyone is cut out for police work. We're here if you need help with the rudimentaries. https://t.co/F6Rs0K1SVr
— The Mossad (@TheMossadIL) December 10, 2017
Today, a second Jewish place was firebombed, this time in Malmo.
From the article:
Malmo police spokesman Lars Forstell told AFP that the incident is being investigated “as an attempted arson” and that the motive is unclear.
At a protest in Malmo, protesters chanted in unison to “shoot the Jews“.
From the article (translated from Swedish):
The police tell P4 Malmöhus that they did not have patrols in place either yesterday or today. At present, it is unclear whether there has been a demonstration permit.
No police, nor do they even know if they had a permit.
Not new, nor surprising. But the sheer ineptitude of Swedish law enforcement makes this statement from the Swedish Minister of Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström all the more ludicrous.
Today is #HumanRightsDay Earlier this year, we presented country reports on human rights, democracy and the rule of law.
Here's @margotwallstrom's analysis on the state of human rights around the globe, based on these reports: https://t.co/a1gdLGMGhS pic.twitter.com/IKglCo1sKg
— Swedish MFA (@SweMFA) December 10, 2017
Equal rights for whom exactly?