06 October 2020
Anti-semitic campaigns were launched by the neo-Nazi Nordic Resistance Movement in Denmark, Iceland, Norway and Sweden recently, in the week leading up to Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement), the holiest day in the Jewish calendar. Actions were taken in almost 20 different cities including direct confrontation of Jewish worshippers, putting up anti-semitic posters and distributing flyers. The organisation was issued with a cease-and-desist order by the Finnish Supreme Court in late September, the first such order handed down in Finland since the 1970s.
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Neo-Nazi Nordic Resistance Movement targets Jews on Yom Kippur (Jerusalem Post, link):
"The neo-Nazi Nordic Resistance Movement targeted Jews in Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Iceland with antisemitic campaigns throughout the week leading up to Yom Kippur - the holiest day in the Hebrew calendar.
Websites belonging to the neo-Nazi movement reported actions taken by the group in almost 20 different cities. Pictures allegedly showing the actions taken by the group show members confronting Jewish worshipers and standing in front of synagogues, antisemitic posters placed in public areas and flyer distributions in public areas.
The movement wrote that it was choosing on Yom Kippur to "make the Nordic people aware of foreign customs and Zionist ruling plans throughout the Nordic region," with posters displayed in multiple countries attacking kosher slaughter, circumcision and the custom of kaparot.
The group also claimed that Jews obtain "proactive forgiveness for all the lies and injustices that they will commit until the next Yom Kippur," an antisemitic trope which has existed since the Middle Ages."
And: Finland’s Supreme Court orders Nordic Resistance Movement to cease and desist (Helsinki Post, link):
"The ruling is historic, according to Helsingin Sanomat: not a single organisation has been ordered to cease and desist in Finland since the 1970s.
KKO on Tuesday determined that the objectives of the far-right organisation were in violation of the foundations of a democratic society, as well as the values underlying them, as defined in the constitution and criminal code.
“Writings published on the organisation’s webpage have targeted various population groups in a way that has to be considered ethnic agitation and therefore criminal. In addition, the use of violence linked to the organisation’s activities has to be considered a part of the organisation’s operations,” it justified.
The Nordic Resistance Movement, it added, also violated or sought to violate the basic and human rights laid down in the constitution and international treaties."
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