Mikael Tossavainen

Dr. Mikael Tossavainen obtained his Ph.D. in history from Lund University, Sweden. Tossavainen's earlier research focused on anti-Semitism, historiography, and the connection between nationalism and religion. He was research director of the Post-Holocaust and Anti-Semitism Project at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.

Publications by Mikael Tossavainen

Tossavainen on Skyldig till skuld: En europeisk resa i Nazitysklands skugga

Pertinent Questions for Germany’s Allies
Skyldig till skuld: En europeisk resa i Nazitysklands skugga (Guilty of Guilt: A European Voyage in the Shadow of Nazi Germany), by Henrik Arnstad, Norstedts, 2009, 200 pp. [Swedish]
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Mikael Tossavainen on “Judefrågan”: Debatt om antisemitism i 1930-talets Sverige

Casting a Dark Light
“Judefrågan”: Debatt om antisemitism i 1930-talets Sverige (“The Jewish Question”: A Debate about Anti-Semitism in Sweden in the 1930s), by Henrik Bachner, Atlantis, 2009, 382 pp. [Swedish]
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Mikael Tossavainen on They’ll Die Anyway: Ten Years in the Swedish Intelligence Service

An Anti-Israelism Rooted in Terror
De ska ju ändå dö: tio år i svensk underrättelsetjänst (They’ll Die Anyway: Ten Years in the Swedish Intelligence Service), by Gunnar Ekberg, Fischer, 2009, 407 pp. [Swedish]
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Tossavainen: Anti-Israelism and Anti-Semitism in Sweden

The Aftonbladet Organ-Trafficking Accusations against Israel: A Case Study

In August 2009, Sweden’s largest daily Aftonbladet, a tabloid, published an article implying that the Israel Defense Forces kills Palestinians to provide the Israeli medical establishment with organs. The article was heavily criticized in the Swedish media, and several papers denounced it as anti-Semitic. The Swedish government refused to comment on the article, claiming legal factors prevented them. Read More »

Swedish Reactions to the Anti-Israel Blood Libel Report

The Swedish daily Aftonbladet (AB) published an article suggesting that the Israeli army and medical establishment had colluded to harvest organs from Palestinians and sell them overseas. AB may have won the battle over what it is allowed to print, but it has most certainly lost the war over what should be written. Read More »

Jewish-Muslim Relations in Sweden

The last decade has seen a rise in Jewish-Muslim tensions on the grassroots level, and attacks on Jews by Muslims have occurred. Tensions increased particularly with the outbreak of the Second Intifada. Read More »

The Holocaust in Arab Public Discourse: Historicized Politics and Politicized History

The Holocaust has become increasingly important in international historical culture, and the murder of six million Jews during the Second World War is arguably the ultimate symbol of evil in Western politics, culture and academia. This fact has had its consequences in the Arab world as well, even though the effects there have been significantly different than in the West. Traditional Arab public discourse has a history of feelings of superiority vis-à-vis the Jews, largely based on Muslim theolo Read More »

Arab and Muslim Anti-Semitism in Sweden

Anti-Semitism is perceived as a minor problem in Sweden, restricted to marginal neo-Nazi and other extreme-Right groups. Anti-Jewish ferment among parts of the country’s Arab and Muslim population is largely denied and ignored. Nevertheless, the phenomenon exists and manifests itself among some Arab and Muslim pupils in suburban schools, on Muslim websites in Swedish, and in attacks on Jews and their institutions. Read More »