Jewish-Swedish activist files for asylum over religious practice bans

( A Jewish-Swedish political activist has filed an asylum application in protest against an increasing number of Swedish laws banning Jewish religious practices. 

In a letter in Mosaic Magazine, Annika Hernroth-Rothstein describes how kosher slaughter has been outlawed in Sweden since 1937, and that a bill is currently pending in parliament seeking to ban even the import and serving of kosher meat. Ritual circumcision is also being legally threatened in Sweden.

A Jewish activist in Sweden filed for asylum in protest of passed laws infringing on her faith. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

“On November 9, the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht, a few hundred neo-Nazis marched through Stockholm... Another few hundred leftists turned out in protest… waving Hamas flags and sporting Palestinian kefiyahs,” she wrote.

“I can only expect that my application will be summarily dismissed. But the situation is beyond absurdity, beyond op-eds and strongly worded letters of protest. The situation calls for action,” she added. Read her full letter here.

Posted on November 21, 2013 .