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December 11, 2015 4:33 am

Sweden’s Disgusting Hypocrisy on Israel

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Anti-Semitic graffiti painted outside a Stockholm school. Photo: Calle Nathanson via Twitter.

Anti-Semitic graffiti painted outside a Stockholm school. Photo: Calle Nathanson via Twitter.

We have been forced to also take reality into account, said Swedish Environment Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Asa Romson recently, inadvertently delivering the truth about Sweden and its politics over the past decades while involuntarily making herself sound like a pathetic fool at the same time.

Swedish top politicians are on the wrong kind of roll right now, delivering a grotesque kind of theatrics that are at times sinister, at times very entertaining to watch from the outside, but most of all plainly embarrassing to many Swedes, who are increasingly shaking their heads at a leadership gone very awry. It should be added that Swedes are a stoic and extremely consensus-seeking lot who will go to great lengths before uttering any kind of dissent, but even they seem to be fed up with a leadership that is so inept, as is evident from the soaring support that the Sweden Democrats have been getting recently.

A YouGov poll from mid-September showed that the anti-immigration party holds 27.3% of voter support, making it the biggest political party in Sweden. In comparison, Swedish Social Democratic Party is trailing behind at 21.3%. Both Prime Minister Stefan Lofven and his foreign minister, Margot Wallstrom, are from the Social Democratic Party.

Lofven and Wallstrom have drawn attention recently to themselves with their insane comments about terrorism against Israelis. First up was the foreign minister, who on Friday accused Israel of conducting “extrajudicial executions” while defending itself against Palestinians committing terror attacks. Israel slammed these remarks with the Foreign Ministry responding that her statement was “delusional, rude and detached from reality. The foreign minister is suggesting the citizens of Israel simply present their necks to the killers seeking to stab them with knives. The citizens of Israel and its security forces have the right to defend themselves. In Israel, every person who commits a crime is brought in front of a judge, including terrorists. The citizens of Israel have to deal with terrorism that receives support from irresponsible and false statements like that.”

The Swedish Foreign Ministry then issued a meaningless statement on Saturday morning, clarifying that “the foreign minister did not say that Israel conducts ‘extrajudicial executions.’ The foreign minister made a general statement about international law and the right to self-defense and the importance of proportionality and distinction. What she stated applies to all parties.”

That statement is particularly meaningless, because Wallstrom has demonstrated the particulars of her ignorance of international law and the principle of proportionality by falsely implying that the latter has to do with how many casualties there are on each side.

Enter Lofven. While trying to do some much needed damage control regarding Wallstrom’s disastrous forays into international law and obvious antisemitism, he actually managed to deteriorate things by claiming that stabbing attacks are actually not terrorism at all! “No, it is not classified as that. There is an international classification when it is, or is not. What I know is not classified as terrorism,” he told Swedish news agency TT.

Lofven later called the news agency in an attempt to clarify his own comments. “I was referring to the fact it is not clear whether these knife attacks have been organized by some classified terrorist organization. But organized attacks are precisely acts of terrorism,” he said.

In that case he is, unsurprisingly, either genuinely uninformed or plain lying. These terrorist attacks are highly organized, being the direct result of decades of incitement on official PA TV, including children’s programs, official PA news outlets and Facebook pages, in schools, in mosques and on the streets.

Moreover, Sweden has contributed to the financing of this incitement directly by funding the PA with millions of Swedish kroner every year.

Clearly, diplomacy is neither Lofven’s nor his foreign minister’s core competence.

Meanwhile, speaking of what is terrorism and what is not, in London an attacker slashed bystanders at a underground station on Sunday while yelling “this is for Syria” in a terrorist attack very similar to those that are occurring practically everyday in Israel. While British media outlets do everything in their power to avoid calling the stabbing attacks in Israel terrorism, no such qualms were present when it came to their own. The Daily Mail‘s Mail Online wrote in a headline, “Bystander’s defiant reaction to Tube terrorist’s knife attack becomes online hit as #YouAintNoMuslimBruv sweeps the Internet.”

Compare that to a headline in Mail Online only hours later about a stabbing attack in Jerusalem: “Palestinian attacker is shot dead after stabbing an Israeli in the West Bank just hours after a knife-wielding ‘terrorist’ went on the rampage in Jerusalem.”

Notice the difference? In the UK, a terrorist is a terrorist. In Israel, a terrorist is a “terrorist.”

Whether in Sweden or in the UK, Europe has never excelled more at what it does best — hypocrisy.

This article was originally published by Israel Hayom.

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  • Michael Kerjman

    As seen in / from Australia, appeasing Muslims locally and round a globe is an accelerating path to nothing, well paved with a de facto archaic court system that survived, particularly, a sixty-plus year state building of the Jewish State.

  • Excellent article! In fact those 2 strumpf h&ave no competence in anything, economy which was excellent before thei arrival, is bankrupt, their politics have lost totzally any credibility, their popular support has gone etc. They are 2 failures on feet!

  • Boykott is evil. However, I am considering to Boykott swedish products, namely from Electrolux.

  • It is all fundamentally centuries of European antisemitism showing through the thin veneer of European civilization. It is not so long since the present government of Sweden was elected by the population, so they have woken up fairly quickly, if the statistics reflect the truth.

  • Fred

    I thought Sweden rates high education, high standards but one can make mistakes. In Lofven & Walstrom Sweden has excelled itself with 2 excellent incompetents. Wallstrom being sidelined by the Arab is grabbing for straws, Lofven head is still in the sink ,he was or is a plumber.

  • At Least they did’nt say Good-Bye Jews !

  • steven L

    For the Social-liberal Swedes, stabbing and raping are act of love.

  • AKUS

    They make the laws that make Israeli products illegal. Then they claim they are not discriminating against Israel, only following the law.

  • The Sweds were the most righteous ,up until recently , their government was taken over by the left, ill informed radicals , brainwashed by the very skilled Arab propoganda manipulator’s,of all our universities , while we twiddled our thumbs. Howe do we unscramble the egg ??

  • barbara singer

    And this is this country that took in Jews during
    the Shoah!!! How disgraceful!!!!

  • Israel Hayom wrote…

    …Notice the difference? In the UK, a terrorist is a terrorist.
    In Israel, a terrorist is a “terrorist.”

    Whether in Sweden or in the UK, Europe has never excelled more at what it does best — hypocrisy.”

    Those governments, their inept so-called leaders are an embarrassment to their countries. To say the vary least.

    Right! I have only been following this HORROR your people are enduring (much better than we would or will) for short months.

    I and several friends discuss these terrorist attacks and are taken aback to say the least. We contact our Senators and Representatives to go the second mile for Israel, it is no use to contact the President as you must know. G-D help you all.

  • Eric R.

    Israel should have recalled its Ambassador to Sweden when those Nordic Nazis recognized the PLO. The Nazi bigots in Stockholm should not be dignified with any Israeli ambassador, and the Swedes have recently given Israel plenty of reasons to recall its Ambassador and expel Sweden’s.

  • Victor

    If there was a championship in hypocrisy, esteemed members of the government of Sweden would own the podium.

    • shloime

      no question that it is hypocrisy, but… what’s the best way to counter it? calling them out is one way, such as this article, but government leaders have access to bigger podiums.

      is it possible to counter obvious anti-israeli propaganda in a smarter, and maybe better, way? perhaps inviting them to visit jerusalem, instead of declaring them persona non grata? or maybe targeting stockholm with ads for israeli tourism? or actively seeking out interviews with swedish media, to present israel’s case? it shouldn’t be too hard to find a suitable spokesperson in all of israel or sweden, to present the case against racism, hatred, and terrorism. even in sweden, blatant bigotry should be a political liability. one would hope.