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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.”

JNi.Media

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.

 

JNi.Media

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

Israel Beats BDS in Sweden

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

Efforts by Israel’s Ambassador to Sweden have paid off with the removal of a boycott of Israeli goods sold in at least three stores of a huge supermarket chain.

The COOP Forum stores in the northern city of Varberg voted nearly three months ago for the boycott, which affected products from all of Israel, not just from Judea and Samara. The chain has 644 outlets, and if the boycott had spread, it could have been a catalyst for a wider embargo in Europe on items from Israel.

Ambassador to Sweden Yitzchak Bachman swung into action immediately after the boycott was approved and went high-profile, giving interviews and arguing that the discrimination violates the concept of free trade.

He appealed to the management of the stores in Varberg, and officials issued as statement saying they oppose boycotts. The ambassador also posted online the phone numbers and e-mail address of COOP’s management, which was bombarded with protests.

It was the second recent victory for Israel. Last week, the Orange company embarrassed itself when its CEO said in Cairo that he would prefer not having anything to do with the company’s Israeli franchise.

Drowning in a sea of fierce criticism from Israeli leaders, including Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, the Orange CEO made a 180-degree, and that was the end of the boycott that never was.

Bachman said after the latest victory over BDS:

The thing to do about boycotts is oppose them for what they are, without trying to decide whether we are right or the Palestinians are right. The support we were able to gain among Swedish citizens was essential, as the chain realized it couldn’t fight the will of the people.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Sweden Rips Up Saudi Military Deal After Cairo Spat Over Human Rights

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Published on Jewish Business News

by Ilan Shavit

Sweden is canceling its military deal with Saudi Arabia one day after an open dispute between the two countries over human rights had led to the public humiliation of the Swedish foreign minister in Cairo.

According to Reuters, Swedish companies last year exported roughly $40 million in defense equipment to Saudi Arabia, and that the overall deal now killed has earned the Swedes in $560 million between 2011 and 2014.

The lucrative deal was cancelled after, on Monday, Saudi Arabia blocked Sweden’s foreign minister Margot Wallström from speaking to the League of Arab States assembled in Cairo.

Wallström was told that she could certainly speak to the Arab League about Sweden’s decision to become the first EU country to officially to recognize the State of Palestine—the reason she had been invited—but she shouldn’t bring up troubling issues such as human rights and democracy in the Middle East, particularly Saudi Arabia.

Swedish politicians have been attacking Riyadh’s preference for sharia law, complete with flogging and beheading, and how that relates to our common notion of human rights.

So Wallström was snubbed one more time by a Middle Eastern country unhappy with its approach to international diplomacy—the first one being Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman, who forced her to cancel her planned visit to Israel in January.

For their part, the Arab League ministers issued a statement saying “Sharia has guaranteed human rights and preserved people’s lives, possessions, honor and dignity. The ministers consider the comments as irresponsible and unacceptable.”

The deal was initially signed by the Social Democrats in 2005, and then renewed by the right wing government in 2010. But the current left-leaning government has the Green party as a coalition partner, and they refuse to arm a country with so many human rights violations like Saudi Arabia.

A spokesman for Saab told Reuters: “Saudi Arabia is a very important market for us and a good customer. How Sweden handles this can affect us.”

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, who is visiting the Ukraine, confirmed the Saudi deal is dead.

The Financial Times pointed out that Sweden’s military industrial complex’s cozy relationship with the Saudi Crown was one of the reasons the Right was defeated last September. Back in 2012, defense minister Sten Tolgfors was forced to resign over his exposed plans to build a weapons factory in the Arabian desert.

An open fight with the Arabs does not bode well for Sweden’s chances to gain a seat on the UN Security Council, which is why, presumably, they recognized Palestine in the first place.

JBN / Jewish Business News

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