UPDATE: The Jews beat 'em! They WON! Israel beats Sweden 3-2 in Davis Cup
Despite all of the vicious outpouring in Malmo,Sweden, against the Israelis, they WON! They have made to to the quarter finals of the Davis Cup (hat tip Carolyn)
In almost every respect, the events of the past week in Sweden are a sad moment for Tennis, for sports in general, and certainly for Israel. Never in my career as an athlete have I encountered such hatred and such blend of sports and politic s.
Up until the last moment, the protestors attempted to prompt the cancelation of the David Cup match between Israel and Sweden. After we already landed here, their leader met with Swedish team captain Mats Wilander and asked him to call off the contest....(hat tip Mara)
In the beginning of this video, they are chanting: "Khaybar Khaybar, Oh Jews! The army of Muhammad will return" (hat tip Kasper)
The demonstration against the tennis game between Israel and Sweden took place today in Malmö. Well, it wasnt just about tennis of course it was about hating everything Israel is, lying through their teeth about what Israel has done and hasn’t done, advocating for Hamas and in general hating Israel.
Around 5000 people showed up; leftwingers and muslims side by side once again. They first started with some speeches at Stortorget (where the arabic mob chased and attacked a peaceful pro-israeli rally a month before). The speakers said the normal jibberish; lies about the Gaza war, lies about “international law” and who breakes it, lies about numbers and totally insane logic in their reasoning. Nothing new about that.
An example: they advocate for Hamas, as usual. Their main and only argument is that Hamas was chosen “democratically” and thus should be accepted and respected. That statement alone is so stupid that you want to cry. Let’s say it was an all-out democratic election. So? What is relevant is who is chosen, what they represent and what they stand for. The germans chose Hitler in 1933 (the democracy level of that election can also be discussed) - did that make Hitler an acceptable and valid choice? Most people would say no. I would. Same case with Hamas. Hamas is an antisemitic organisation, with Israels destruction in its charter and the killing of Jews at its core. But those issues is not to be discussed in Sweden, especially within the left.
No, they are happy with stating “they were elected democratically”. Period. Now comes the funny part - just after they concluded this they immediately attack Israel for electing and boosting Likud and Israel Beteinu. Now, just 15 seconds after the statement about Hamas och “democratically elected” they cannot under any circumstances accept the Israeli election. What a joke.
Anyways, back to the demonstration. On the way to Baltiska Hallen an arab group started chanting some different slogans or verses in arabic. One of those are when they sing about Khaybar; ie when Muhammed attacked a Jewish village, killed, pillaged and evicted the Jews. They sing about this and how Muhammeds army should return and… well, you get the point.
On the way to Baltiska Hallen some demonstrators fired some thing on the police threw paint on buildings but the real riots took place when they arrived at Baltiska Hallen. How that looked can be viewed here and here. As you all can see, the Swedish police did what they are used to: nothing.
They sat in their vehicles while the demonstrators pounded the cars with fire craackers, big stones and when they got on top of the roof and demolished the vehicle. Nice. This is how things are handled here in Sweden, especially in Malmö where the police got their hands tied behind their back by the politicians, and the politicians in turn is left-wing, pro-arab and anti-israel which makes this mess what it is. Im convinced that the police officers “on the ground” hates this policy but the bosses play ball.
Me and my brother was verbally threatened by the demonstrators when the recognized us and they also tried to physically attack us, but when we started to filmed them they reacted like Superman on kryptonite…(more here)
Vile events continue to deteriorate in Malmö (previously here)
Here's a Swede who interviewed all the sides in the Malmö event, from the police to the tennis players and supporters on all sides.... (hat tip KGS)
Another team member who understands Arabic pointed out that the protests did not appear to be political in nature but instead racist. He did not understand how Sweden, previously a renowned beacon of freedom and democracy, could accept being taken hostage by what looked like race riots
2. Transport. A handful of Jews from Israel arrived in Sweden to play tennis in the Davis Cup tournament, and a thousand police officers and several scores of police vehicles had to be transported down to the southern Swedish city of Malmö to protect the Jews. Why? Because this handful of Jewish tennis players also attracted about 6000 violent demonstrators from all over Sweden and northern Europe, particularly nearby Denmark, all of whom required transport to Malmö.
So what were the demonstrations in Malmö about on Saturday 7 March? Well, they certainly weren’t about human rights abuses in Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Egypt, Syria, the Hamas-run Gaza Strip, Fatah’s West Bank, Lebanon, Pakistan, Bangladesh, China, Russia, Burma.
The demonstrations were against the enormity of allowing a handful of Jews onto Swedish soil to play tennis. Because the police, in particularly unsportsmanlike fashion, erected barricades and refused to let the demonstrators tear the Jewish tennis players limb from limb, the mob turned its attention on the hapless officers. Sitting inside their vehicles, the police were subjected to what could only have been a truly terrifying rampage as fireworks, granite cobblestones, even bicycles, were hurled at them and the rioters started tearing the vehicles apart.
A police officer under attack draws his weapon.
You don't need to understand Swedish - the images speak clearly.
I spoke before and after the tennis match with police officers, civilian security guards, passersby, fans of both the Swedish and the Israeli teams, and representatives of the Israeli team. Everyone expressed their disapproval of the demonstrators’ goals, their methods and the damage they caused to Sweden’s and in particular Malmö’s reputation.
Other Malmö Jew hared coverage previously at Atlas here.
UPDATE: Chris in the comment section:
The Malmo rioters couldn't have picked a better model for their demonstration of intolerance.