Swedish Politicians defending Islamists by all means?
In a follow up to my article on War on Freedom concerning censorship in Sweden I found this shocking article here at the "Boycott Israeli Goods" website (*). Anna Lindh (a popular politician) was the former foreign minister killed in a sad event by a lunatic:
"Swedish Foreign Minister Anna Lindh (a reader belives this was said by Lena Hjelm-Wallén another former foreign minister) announced that she will boycott Israeli products available in the Swedish market, especially citrus fruits and avocadoes.
Speaking to Swedish television on Friday, April 19, Lindh (a reader belives this was said by Lena Hjelm-Wallén another former foreign minister) said, If I am unable to influence my government's policy to boycott Israel, I can at least personally boycott their products. She called on Swedish nationals to boycott Israeli products in the light of the recent massacres committed by the Israeli army in the Palestinian territories. Lindh (and Lena Hjelm-Wallén) is a member of the ruling Social Democratic Party and has been sympathetic with Arab issues along with other members of the Swedish government, such as former Foreign Minister Sten Andersson, a personal friend of Palestinian President Yasser Arafat. She (or Lena Hjelm-Wallén) had in the past asked the European Union to suspend its relations with Israel as a way of denouncing the occupation forces practices against the Palestinian civilian population. Meanwhile, the Palestinian minister for international cooperation Nabil Shaath was visiting Stockholm on Friday and met with Swedish Prime Minister Goeran Persson who promised to donate 350 million Swedish Corona (nearly $ 35 million) to rebuild Jenin and nearby areas destroyed by Israeli aggression. Persson promised to increase the sum soon. Shaath also met with Lindh who expressed her shock at recent events in the Palestinian territories and promised to do her best to help the Palestinian people. Besides government officials, Swedish nationals have also been sympathizing with the Palestinian cause, many of them wearing badges that said "boycott Israel". The streets of Stockholm on Thursday witnessed demonstrations were banners were raised calling hawkish Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon a mass murderer, and other saying "Bush is a killer" and "Zionism is Fascism". Jews in Sweden have also held counter demonstrations and a few conflicts rose between both sides that was stopped through police intervention. In the Swedish city of Uppsala on Friday, a silent demonstration was held with demonstrators wearing black and carrying candles. The increasing number of Swedes participating in anti-Israeli demonstrations has been noticeable and has forced the Palestinian Issue to be featured on the agenda of the Swedish Legislative elections which will be held on September 2002.
I gather the following from the article:
- Swedish Government members and an ex-Foreign Minister in particular were in favor of boycotting Israeli goods
- Swedish Government is supporting Palestine against Israel
- Another former Foreign Minister Sten Anderson was a personal friend of Palestinian President Yasser Arafat - an ex-terrorist
- Leading Social Democratic Party is sympathetic with Arabs
- A Swedish ex-Foreign Minister has in the past asked the European Union to suspend its relations with Israel
- Swedish nationals have also been sympathizing with the Palestinian cause asking for boycott of Israel
- At demonstrations i Stockholm, Israeli prime minister, Ariel Sharon, is called a mass murderer.
- Arafat is at worst only called a personal friend
- At demonstrations in Stockholm banners say "Bush is a killer"
- At demonstrations in Stockholm banners say "Zionism is Fascism"
A reader has found this: (quoted from wikipedia):
[Anna Lindh] advocated greater respect for international law and human rights in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, criticising Ariel Sharon's government in Israel, but also condemning Palestine suicide bombings as "atrocities". In a January 30, 2003 speech, she called on Israel to "end the occupation, give up settlements, and agree on a pragmatic solution to Jerusalem" and on the Palestinians to "do everything in their power to stop the terrorist acts, and take legal measures against those responsible" and to "produce reform, for security, but also for democracy and human rights".
PM Göran Persson's standpoint is pretty much the same.
The current Swedish Foreign Minister Laila Freivalds was reportedly primarily responsible for the censorship action together with the Secret Police. I have no idea why the Minister of Foreign Affairs is handling an internal matter. It is probably just a proof of involvement by minimum the Prime Minister and the Minister of Internal Affairs.
But now I even better understand the motivation of the Social Democrat Government to use censorship. Their personal loyalties are clear and colored at the same time. Sweden obviously has a large anti Jewish movement while being somewhat pro Arab. I suppose that means the government is in favor of all the human right infringements committed by Arab countries and Palestine? Does it specifically include some or all of these: Female subservience, stonings, whippings, execution for adultery, execution for blasphemy, honor killings, maiming, terrorism, anti-Zionism, dictatorships and the Sharia Law in general?
(*) Maybe somebody Swedish can vouch for the veracity of the above article from the "Boycott Israeli Goods" website? I doubt it is propaganda written by Jews...