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February 18, 2015

On Swedish National Radio, Journalist Asks Why Jews Shouldn't Be Blamed for Antisemitism

File this as another reminder of why Americans must hold their media accountable so that it doesn't sink to the lows too often seen in Europe.

Here we see journalist Helena Groll asking, on a Swedish public radio station, whether Jews should be blamed for antisemitism, and demanding her Jewish guest make a case for why they should not.

The radio station has apologized.

Last month, BBC's Tim Willcox similarly informed a Jewish citizen of France (and countless thousands of viewers) that European antisemitism and the murders at a kosher market near Paris should be understood in the context of Israeli behavior.

Posted by GI at February 18, 2015 11:14 AM


All this blaming us Jews for antisemitism is like blaming blacks for racism.

Posted by: TekDragon at February 18, 2015 06:23 PM

So murdering Muslims in France or Britain would be understandable in view of what Muslims are doing in Syria, Iraq, Nigeria, etc.? Or does disliking what co-religionists are doing elsewhere justify the murder of innocents in Europe apply only to Jews?

Posted by: Araf at February 19, 2015 02:33 PM

Her ignorance is astounding. Has she asked if Swedish women are responsible for their own rapes, if Coptic Christians are responsible for their own beheadings, and if the Iraqi Christians were responsible for their own immolation? If I had a radio station, Helena Groll would be responsible for her own job loss.

Posted by: Tabitha Korol at February 19, 2015 04:28 PM

Does Helena Groll ask if Swedish women are responsible for their own rapes, if the Coptic Christians were responsible for their own beheadings, and the Nigerian girls responsible for their own kidnappings and sexual enslavement. to me, Groll would be responsible for her own firing - she is ignorant and insensitive.

Posted by: Tabitha Korol at February 19, 2015 04:31 PM

I'm wondering why this question is not posed to Muslims: Don't you think Muslims may be responsible for the growth of Islamophobia?

Posted by: Pauline Rosenberg at February 20, 2015 12:22 PM

Just asking such a question exudes such a basic lack of understanding of antisemitism, defies any hope that in this 21st C - a more realistic approach is to be found, and leaves one stunned at the Blame the Victim mentality that is offered with such ease.

The attempt to identify EVERY Jew as responsible for what is seen as positive or negative about ISRAEL, is an interesting point. Antisemitism certainly existed BEFORE there was an Israel...and therefore, how would Groll HAVE phrased her question then -pre Israel?

For people who have never been to Israel, who have not personally witnessed how Arabs and Jews do work side by side in the markets AND in courts and GOVERNMENT...on what do they base their heart felt committed slanted, biased opinions?

Lets see...biased media, propaganda, and terrorist versions.

Posted by: Laurie Kurs at February 20, 2015 05:40 PM

If you knew anything about anti-Semitism you would know that it is entirely based on false accusations and total fabrications, like the "Protocols of the Elders of Zion" making the absurd claim that Jews kill Christian children and drink their blood. How do you figure the Jews are to be blamed for the blatant lies that are being spread about them?
All the Jews I know, and I know a lot both in the U.S. and in Europe and Israel, are peace loving, hard-working people who love their families and their children and would not harm a fly. They are probably not perfect - but then - who is? And who has the right to sit in judgment over them? The judgment is MINE sayeth the Lord.

Posted by: Francoise Farron at February 21, 2015 02:06 AM

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