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April 19, 2016 2:56 pm

Sweden’s Housing Minister to Resign After Comparing Israel to Nazi Germany

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Sweden’s housing minister, Mehmet Kaplan, pictured, compared Israel’s treatment of Palestinians to Nazi Germany’s treatment of Jews. Photo: Fredrik Hjerling via Wikimedia Commons.

Sweden’s housing minister, Mehmet Kaplan, pictured, compared Israel’s treatment of Palestinians to Nazi Germany’s treatment of Jews. Photo: Fredrik Hjerling via Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org – Sweden’s housing minister, Mehmet Kaplan, will resign following remarks in which he compared Israel’s treatment of Palestinians to Nazi Germany’s treatment of Jews, Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven announced Monday.

The Swedish daily newspaper Svenska Dagbladet revealed Kaplan’s comments, made during a video interview with Somali television in 2009, in which he said that Israelis “treat Palestinians in a way that is very like that in which Jews were treated during Germany in the 1930s.”

The comments were made before Kaplan took office in 2014 as a member of the Green Party, a minor partner in Sweden’s Socialist Democratic Party-led governing coalition.

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“Mehmet Kaplan’s overall assessment of the situation is that he will not be able to act as a minister and I share that assessment,” Lofven said.

Kaplan did not apologize for his statement. He said that “on several occasions,” he has “criticized the actions of the State of Israel severely,” but that he is not anti-Semitic. Kaplan said he decided to resign because media publicity has kept him from fulfilling his obligations as a government minister.

Kaplan, who was born in Turkey, has also been tied to Turkish neo-fascist groups. He advocates for an independent Palestinian state and was among the European Union officials onboard one of Gaza flotilla’s ships in May 2010.

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  • dante

    another stupid, ignorant, hateful clown who wants very much to proclaim his stupidity and bigotry to the world.

    one is surprised that this trog resigned (if that’s what it was); sweden was a major collaborator of the nazi regime and affects a certain vagueness about the nature of the regime and sweden’s collaboration. so, in sweden’s fantasy, the swedes are impeccably virtuous and those horrible Jews are the real nazis.

  • Eric R.

    This is a very, very sick and evil government that the Swedes have.

    Maybe some colonels in the Army should overthrow it. A government like this that controls the media, controls the schools, persecutes Jews, allows foreigners to rape women and then prosecutes those who point it out is NOT a democracy, anyway. It is an authoritarian state, bordering on a totalitarian one.

  • Yaakov

    A little elucidation is in order. Kaplan is a Muslim. His surname is a Turkish one that means “tiger.” It is totally unrelated to the Jewish surname that often denotes someone who is a kohen.

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