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Muslim Swedish Housing Minister Kaplan Resigns after Comparing Israel to Nazis

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

Mehmet Kaplan (apparently no Jewish relation), 44, Sweden’s housing minister, resigned this week over comments he had made comparing Israel’s treatment of Arabs to the persecution of Jews in Nazi Germany.

The Turkish-born Kaplan, a Green Party member, former spokesman of Sweden’s Muslim Council, and a passenger on the “Freedom Flotilla” that tried to break through the IDF security blockade of Gaza in 2010, denied any wrongdoing, saying he was resigning because public and media criticism were interfering with his ability to do his job. He said he opposed “all forms of extremism, whether nationalistic, religious or in any other form” and supported “human rights, democracy and dialogue.”

Swedish TV fished out footage of Kaplan from seven years ago, where he says, “Israelis treat Palestinians in a way that is very like that in which Jews were treated during Germany in the 1930s.”

Israeli ambassador to Sweden Isaac Bachman described Kaplan’s comments as “deeply anti-Semitic.” Sweden’s foreign minister, Margot Wallström—remember her?—said the comments were “terrible.”

Wallström was embroiled in a housing scandal last year. Not connected to Kaplan.

“Let me be clear: [my resignation] is not a confirmation of reports about me that I consider wrongful. I know who I am and what I have done,” Kaplan told reporters in Stockholm. He had also come under fire a week ago, after Swedish media published photos of him dining with Turkish Swedish leaders, including the local leader of an ultra-nationalist group called Gray Wolves.

In 2014 Kaplan compared the young Muslims from Sweden who went to fight for ISIS in Syria with the Swedes who fought for Finland against Russia in WW2.

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UNESCO: Jews Have No Connection to the Temple Mount

Saturday, April 16th, 2016

The executive board of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on Friday denied Israel’s claim to the Temple Mount and Western Wall.

Meeting in Paris, the organization ignored the Jewish connection to Jerusalem sites in a resolution that passed with 33 votes in favor, six against, and 17 abstained, and referenced only the Al-Aksa Mosque and the Al-Haram Al-Sharif (Temple Mount). The Western Wall area was referenced as the Al-Buraq Plaza. Last year UNESCO refused to reclassify the Wall as a Muslim site.

France, Spain, Sweden, Russia and Slovenia were among the non-Arab nations who supported the resolution. Estonia, Germany, Lithuania, The Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States objected.

The resolution accused Israel of planting “fake Jewish graves” in eastern Jerusalem. This claim is especially enraging, since the old Jewish cemetery on Mount Olives was desecrated by the Jordanians before 1967, with its tombstones being used to pave roads.

Israeli ambassador to UNESCO Carmel Shama released a statement in response saying, “Even if UNESCO passes dozens of resolutions, and decides to continue passing thousands more, Jerusalem will always remain as part of the capital of Israel and the Jewish people.” Shama added, “As you continue on this path of incitement, lies and terror you will be sending UNESCO down a path towards irrelevance.”

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Foreign Ministry Slams Video Showing EU Ambassador to Israel as Hannibal the Cannibal

Monday, February 29th, 2016

The Israeli government is very displeased with a video produced by the Jerusalem’s Periphery Forum depicting the European Union Ambassador to Israel as a killer cannibal.

Foreign Ministry Director-General Dore Gold condemned the use of a cannibal mask on the image of a diplomat as being disrespectful.

European Union Ambassador to Israel Lars Faaborg-Andersen was depicted as Hannibal Lecter, the serial killer featured in The Silence of the Lambs.

The group posted the film clip to its Facebook page on Sunday night.

On the video, the narrator says: “He’s the man that stands behind the illegal building around Route 1. He is creating facts on the ground so that there can be contiguous territory for a terrorist state in the future.

“It would be unthinkable for Israeli ambassadors in Europe to create outposts for the refugees. In that same way we can’t let Andersen challenge us by acting in a way that endangers all of us. We’ll have to restrain Andersen.”

The outposts referred to in the video are the illegally-built structures built by Arabs – many funded by the European Union – that keep popping up among the Judean Hills along Route 1 as it descends to the Dead Sea from Jerusalem.

Hana Levi Julian

Swedish FM Margot Wallström in Rental Corruption Scandal

Saturday, January 16th, 2016

Couldn’t have happened to a nicer gal. Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström, who’s been accusing Israel of dealing disproportionately with Arab terrorists, and went as far as to accuse Israel of “extrajudicial executions” of said terrorists, might be otherwise engaged for awhile, on account of her Stockholm apartment which, according to Aftonbladet, she received as a nice gesture from Sweden’s biggest trade union, Kommunal, which in her case overlooked the waiting list of a few years everyone else had to obey. Well, not everyone, according to the daily newspaper, there were several key left-wing politicians who enjoyed the same VIP treatment.

Wallstrom claimed she had no idea about the special treatment, saying that when she had taken the apartment she insisted on receiving “confirmation from the highest level that they followed all the rules and procedures in assigning apartments, and that I was not going to jump ahead of anyone on the waiting list.”

She is very moral that way. In fact, she opted to push the union leadership under the bus, very much in Arab terrorist fashion, saying, “They lied to me,” and “I am angry and disappointed with Kommunal.”

A spokesman for Wallström told TT she had been offered the apartment last spring during an informal discussion with the head of Kommunal. But a spokesman for the opposition Moderaterna party said The Minsiter’s finger-pointing did not strike him as being very believable and that “she should shed light on her own actions,” since “she is part of the government and should not create a relationship of dependency with a trade union.”

Expressen, which has been critical of Wallström’s attacks on Israel, said she was a hypocrite, “pretending to be a woman of the people while skipping above the people on the housing waiting list.”

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Swedish MP Uses Israeli PMW Data in Refuting Foreign Minister’s Defense of Abbas

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

 

(JNi.media) Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström will probably go down in history for her comment 12 hours after the Nov. 13 Paris attack: “To counteract the radicalization we must go back to the situation such as the one in the Middle East in which not at least the Palestinians see that there is no future; we must either accept a desperate situation or resort to violence.”

Much has been said since by Israelis and Jews about Wallström, and she continues to be under attack for the vast gap between her views on Middle East and terrorism issues and reality as it is perceived in the entire civilized world.

Recently, Israeli organization Palestinian Media Watch recently provided Swedish MP Kent Ekeroth (SD) information which he used in a recent debate in Swedish Parliament to document that Abbas and the two institutions he runs, the Palestinian Authority and Fatah, are promoting violence and undermining peace.

Kent Alexander Ekeroth, member of the Sweden Democrats, has been in the Riksdag since October 2010, representing Stockholm County. Ekeroth’s mother is Jewish, originally from Kazakhstan. Ekeroth is mindful of his Jewish heritage, but considers himself an atheist.

Swedish Minister of Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström defended Abbas as having made it “his mission in life to replace violence with diplomatic struggle.” To refute this claim, MP Ekeroth held up and quoted PMW reports on PA and Fatah promotion of violence and terror.

Despite the fact that FM Wallström was shown PMW’s actual, detailed findings, she denied them, exclaiming that “only the gods know” where MP Ekeroth gets his information from.

(The links below are to PMW’s original reports):

Wallström: I note that President Abbas has made it his mission in life to replace violence with diplomatic struggle to reach an end to the Israeli occupation of Palestine…

Ekeroth: [Foreign Minister] Wallström says: “I’ve heard him [Abbas] denouncing [terror].” Not once in the last two months with over 20 Israelis dead, has he dissociated himself. Fatah’s official Facebook page has a picture of a knife in the back of a Jew, and the text says: “Here is Jerusalem – beware.” On Fatah’s official Twitter account, just a month ago, we see a Palestinian terrorist who plays the violin on a knife. Knives are now used daily to attack the Jews. Here’s another picture from Fatah’s Facebook account, which is controlled by Mahmoud Abbas. It is a picture of a German book from 1936, that says: “Do not trust a Jew.” This is from Oct. 29, 2015. I’m sorry, but you cannot say that Abbas is a friend of peace… Wallström and others need to understand that Abbas speaks two languages – one to gullible politicians, where he claims to speak about peace, and another to the Palestinians in which he promotes, glorifies and rewards terror…”

Wallström: Where you get your information from – only the gods know.

 

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Swedish Synagogues Shuttered over Terror Threat

Friday, November 20th, 2015

Sweden’s Jewish community has shut down synagogues across the country as a precautionary measure against a possible terrorist threat, the World Jewish Congress said.

The shutdown is expected to be temporary, but the threat of terror has swept Sweden. The Local website reported Friday that police are questioning a 25-year-old Iraqi man who was accused of plotting terror in the country.

The suspect is a member of a radical Islamic group, which was not identified.

Sweden’s terror threat level remains at ‘high” on Friday, the second-highest on a one to five scale.

“I think people are going to see a lot of police officers around today. We will see what comes out of interrogations and information, if there’s a reason to lower the level in the future. But it’s too early to tell,” national police chief Dan Eliasson told TT.

The chairwoman of the Official Council of Jewish Communities in Sweden, Lena Posner-Körösi, said that the security situation will be re-assessed on a daily basis.

Several European countries have raised their terror alert levels in the wake of last week’s Islamic State (ISIS) attacks in Paris.

“Violent Islamism is still the biggest threat against Sweden,” said Anders Thornberg., the director general of Swedish security service.

JTS News Service contributed to this report.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Swedish National Caught at Ben Gurion Airport, Charged as Hezbollah Spy

Sunday, August 9th, 2015

Cleared for publication: Hassan Khalil Khizran was arrested late last month as he entered Ben Gurion International Airport in connection with passing information to Hezbollah in Lebanon.

Khizran, 55, a Swedish national of Lebanese-Palestinian Authority descent, was indicted Sunday (August 9) on three counts of passing intelligence information to the terrorist organization, and contacting a foreign agent.

He was taken into custody as he disembarked from an aircraft and attempted to enter Israel. Swedish authorities were updated about the arrest.

Court papers indicate that Khizran joined Hezbollah as an intelligence source in 2009.

According to a statement filed by the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency), the tasks assigned to Khizran prove the Hezbollah is “preparing for the next war with Israel and is marking out a ‘target bank.’ “

Defending attorney Leah Tsemel denied the charges and told the Reuters news service her client “refused any request to harm Israel’s security.”

According to the indictment, Khizran was assigned to recruited Israeli Arabs with social connections to Jewish Israelis, military officials and government officials.

However, he refrained from carrying out this task despite pressure from his handlers, according to the brief.

Khizran was also asked to collect other useful and relevant information about Israel such as locations in which there are military bases, large concentrations of IDF troops, tanks, and arms.

He traveled to Israel several times for this purpose and then met in Beirut with his handlers to provide them with information, according to the indictment.

His handlers demanded he provide visual documentation to broaden the information he gave them — but he said he did not do so.

He also told the Shin Bet that during a family trip to Lebanon in 2009 with his wife and children he was offered to meet with Hezbollah agents. To this, he agreed.

In secret meetings with these agents he was told Hezbollah was interested in recruiting Palestinians who held European passports so they would be able to enter and move more freely through Israel, and thus gather intelligence for Hezbollah. It is not clear whether or not he recruited others for this task.

In addition, the terrorist organization asked for information about the entry process, security checks, and other operations at Ben Gurion International Airport. There is no information available about which information he gave Hezbollah about the airport and its operations.

Khizran met again with Hezbollah again in visits to Lebanon in 2011 and 2013.

In return for his cooperation with Hezbollah, Khizran received $2,300 in 2009 and $800 in 2011.

Khizran told the Shin Bet about a group called The Lebanese House” that operates in Malmö, Sweden. The members of the group are Shi’ite Muslims who are involved in social and cultural Shi’ite activity. They allegedly mark Hezbollah anniversaries, watch the speeches delivered by Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah, and more.

Hana Levi Julian

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/swedish-national-caught-at-ben-gurion-airport-charged-as-hezbollah-spy/2015/08/09/

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