Swedish Radio apologizes for question about anti-Semitism

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Posted: Feb 18, 2015 11:44 AM

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden's public radio network has apologized for asking Israel's ambassador whether Jews have any responsibility for growing anti-Semitism.

In an interview Tuesday, a Swedish Radio reporter asked Ambassador Isaac Bachman about the causes of anti-Semitism and whether Jews themselves had any responsibility. Bachman rejected the question, saying it was like asking whether a rape victim was to blame for what happened to her.

Swedish Radio later apologized for the question, saying it "is misleading and blames both individuals and a vulnerable group. The Jewish community has experienced horrific terror and has all of our sympathy and condolences."

News chief Anne Lagercrantz said the reporter personally apologized to the ambassador on Wednesday. In a rare move, the network also deleted the question from a recording of the interview on its website.

The ambassador said he felt it was an honest apology.

"It was an inappropriate question that should not have been asked. The attitude that we must have done something to experience anti-Semitism is troublesome," Bachman said.