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Anti-Semitic graffiti painted outside a Stockholm school.

The new Swedish government has announced that Sweden should recognize Palestine as a state. The argument behind this decision is that such recognition would lead to the resumption of peace negotiations and to the conflict being resolved through a two-state solution. But we wonder if the new government of Sweden has a thought through policy regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict or if Sweden’s recognition of Palestine is a consequence of racist populism on a cave man’s level and the influence of extremist elements in Swedish politics.

12 july 2014, the new Swedish Prime Minister, and then leader of the opposition, Stefan Löfven, commented on the conflict between Hamas and Israel on Facebook and then argued that Israel has the right to defend itself. The response from the grass roots of his party was loads of heavy anti-Semitic comments that the Swedish Committee Against Antisemitism documented in a 10 page report. Stefan Löfven’s reaction towards all these anti-Semitic comments was erasing his statement from Facebook, where he argues that Israel has the right to defend itself. Only a few months before Stefan Löfven became prime minister in Sweden he managed to show the racists in his party that they had influence over the foreign policy.

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Stefan Löfven represents a party that has very specific opinions about Israel and Jews. In Sweden’s third largest city, Malmö, the Social Democrats have a leading politician who believes in all seriousness that ISIS is trained by the Mossad. The Social Democratic city council member, Adrian Kaba, may as a Social Democratic politician say this kind of statements without showing any proof and he does not have to resign. Malmö’s last mayor, Ilmar Reepalu, who was also a Social Democrat made several anti-Semitic statements, which resulted in the world’s most powerful man, Barack Obama, sending a representative to Malmö, which does not even have 300,000 inhabitants. Obama’s representative, Hannah Rosenthal, concluded that the Social Democrat Reepalu has an anti-Semitic language. Reepalu did not have to resign because of his anti-Semitic statements. In the Social Democratic Party you do not have to resign because of anti-Semitic statements. In the Social Democratic Party anti-Semitism is not racism. That several Social Democratic politicians have made anti-Semitic statements and kept their political assignments proves the point.

The reason that the Social Democratic Party have become a party in which anti-Semitic ideas thrive is because they have chosen to pursue populist policies and attract voters who come from certain parts of the world where anti-Semitic conspiracy theories about Jews and Israel is part of the media discourse. The Social Democrats reign along with the Green Party, which is still a party where politicians with extreme views manage to retain their political assignments. Sweden’s new Minister for Housing and Urban Development, Mehmet Kaplan, happened by “accident” to invite the infamous anti-Semite Yvonne Ridley to the Swedish parliament in November 2011. Later he said that he did not know Yvonne Ridley was an anti-Semite, but we ask ourselves who would invite someone to the Swedish Parliament without conducting a proper background check about the person invited. As late as July 2014 Mehmet Kaplan compared Swedish jihadists who go to Syria with Swedish volunteers who went to Finland to defend the independence of Finland against Soviet aggression during World War II. In the same month in front of an entusiastic crowd of pro-Palestinian demonstrators he also gave a speech, in which he proclaimed “We will liberate Jerusalem”. Everybody ought to know that “liberating” Jerusalem has never in history been a peaceful project and “the liberation of Jerusalem“ is very much used in the anti-Israeli discourse of the Islamic Republic and the terror organisation Hamas. In the Green Party’s International Committee there are individuals like Yasri Khan who in his blog compares Israel with a “strong thief.”

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67 COMMENTS

  1. Remamber and learn from the history of swedish socialist social-democratic party governments ; in 1939, the social democratic -led coalition governments minister of foreign affairs, suggested to his nazi-german counterpart that german authorities stamp the passport-linings/covers of all german jews passports with a red letter “J”, as to make it easier for swedish border guards to detect jewish refugees and to deny them entry into Sweden. The nazi-german authorities took the swedish suggestion at heart and proceeded with implementing this requested measure right away.

  2. Stefan Löfven is under-educated, non-experienced, behaviourally controlled personality, a total mistake of Swedish voters.. He is definitely on assignment to perform the worse possible and provocative policies both domestic and international..

  3. Remamber and learn from the history of swedish socialist social-democratic party governments ; in 1939, the social democratic -led coalition governments minister of foreign affairs, suggested to his nazi-german counterpart that german authorities stamp the passport-linings/covers of all german jews with a red letter "J", as to make it easier for swedish border guards to detect jewish refugees and to deny them entry into Sweden. The nazi-german authorities took the swedish suggestion at heart and proceeded with implementing this requested measure.

  4. Stefan Löfven is under-educated, non-experienced, behaviourally controlled personality, a total mistake of Swedish voters.. He is definitely on assignment to perform the worse possible and provocative policies both domestic and international..

  5. News have it Sweden will become the first Moslem in Europe sooner than later and will be renamed Swidi. With only 6,000,000 inhabitants of which 40% are islamists this country is doomed to kaput as do its manufacturing of lemon cars.

  6. News have it Sweden will become the first Moslem in Europe sooner than later and will be renamed Swidi. With only 6,000,000 inhabitants of which 40% are islamists this country is doomed to kaput as do its manufacturing of lemon cars.

  7. Does not surprise me, did you know race biology was researched in Sweden long before Nazi Germany? The Swedes are very good at hiding their past and making themselves out to be fair minded people, nothing could be further from the truth. A truly evil nasty nation of people.

  8. You cannot see the answer as your a swede and you refuse to accept the truth, namely that your country is full of racists and bigots and swedes are attracted to radical Islam. Most Swedes have no concept of humanity like radial Islam only dogma from the state is important. In Sweden the state is everything, the individual is nothing in Islamic society Islam is everything the person is nothing, both societies love dogma their is no room for freedom of expression. Sweden is one of Europe’s most sick countries and they dont know about it.

  9. I live in Sweden and I have not a good word to say about them, very few are decent and most have an opinion that Sweden is best in world at everything. They also believe they are the master race and better than other people on the planet. So its not surprising they attack Jews and Israel. Its not a healthy place to live and its not surprising many Jews have left. I plan to leave as well one happy day.

  10. Does not surprise me, did you know race biology was researched in Sweden long before Nazi Germany? The Swedes are very good at hiding their past and making themselves out to be fair minded people, nothing could be further from the truth. A truly evil nasty nation of people.

  11. You cannot see the answer as your a swede and you refuse to accept the truth, namely that your country is full of racists and bigots and swedes are attracted to radical Islam. Most Swedes have no concept of humanity like radial Islam only dogma from the state is important. In Sweden the state is everything, the individual is nothing in Islamic society Islam is everything the person is nothing, both societies love dogma their is no room for freedom of expression. Sweden is one of Europe's most sick countries and they dont know about it.

  12. I live in Sweden and I have not a good word to say about them, very few are decent and most have an opinion that Sweden is best in world at everything. They also believe they are the master race and better than other people on the planet. So its not surprising they attack Jews and Israel. Its not a healthy place to live and its not surprising many Jews have left. I plan to leave as well one happy day.

  13. I live in Sweden thats very true,his death was never fully investigated many swedes are what I call hidden Nazis and harbour very right wing views on range of issues. The Nazi German government told the Swedes during the war years that they were the master race and they still believe it. They take in so many asylum seekers but they offer them no life, they warehouse them in Ghetto areas and use the statistics to show how lovable and open minded they are. The international media falls for it and Sweden gets an image of great country and fair mined. The reality is somewhat different.

  14. I live in Sweden thats very true,his death was never fully investigated many swedes are what I call hidden Nazis and harbour very right wing views on range of issues. The Nazi German government told the Swedes during the war years that they were the master race and they still believe it. They take in so many asylum seekers but they offer them no life, they warehouse them in Ghetto areas and use the statistics to show how lovable and open minded they are. The international media falls for it and Sweden gets an image of great country and fair mined. The reality is somewhat different.

  15. “Sweden and Swedes are not nice people they are born racist and radical Islam appeals to them”. Nope, no one is born racist, but this is a very racist comment. And no, most Swedes are not attracted by radical Islam, do you homework better.

  16. Your country is racist you had a race biology department up until 1974. The majority of you people think your better than anyone else on the planet. I have seen it first hand black people refused entry to bars and discos.You have your streets full of Muslim young men who are equally as racist and bigoted as swedes. They suit your society and good luck with them, they will destroy Sweden eventually and it will be a small loss.

  17. Your country is racist you had a race biology department up until 1974. The majority of you people think your better than anyone else on the planet. I have seen it first hand black people refused entry to bars and discos.You have your streets full of Muslim young men who are equally as racist and bigoted as swedes. They suit your society and good luck with them, they will destroy Sweden eventually and it will be a small loss.

  18. What is amazing is that the Jewish population of Sweden is infinitesimal. Moslems on the other hand, who for the most part, have whipped up the Jew hatred, always there in the Christian DNA, are an alien element. Somehow, the visceral hatred which looks for a target doesn’t find it in the Moslem population but seeks it out in the eternal damnation of the Jews, regardless of anything at all. Christian hatred went from religious to racial to people. That’s where we are now; Israel is a pretext.

  19. What is amazing is that the Jewish population of Sweden is infinitesimal. Moslems on the other hand, who for the most part, have whipped up the Jew hatred, always there in the Christian DNA, are an alien element. Somehow, the visceral hatred which looks for a target doesn't find it in the Moslem population but seeks it out in the eternal damnation of the Jews, regardless of anything at all. Christian hatred went from religious to racial to people. That's where we are now; Israel is a pretext.

  20. The Swedish Social Democrats were pro-Nazi. today, they know that their minority (under 50% off the Riksdag) government only had a plurality because of the immigrant vote. Neither the center-right nor left had a majority because the civic nationalist Sweden Democrats had 13% of the vote (up from 6% last time) the Moderate Party-led “right” wants nothing to do with them.

  21. What is “Christian DNA”? Do all Christians share blood?
    If it is a religious thing, then why is it that the non-Christian left are the anti-Jewish and anti-Israel ones? Wouldn’t you expect that the Swedish Christian Democrats would be the most anti-Jewish party, instead of being one of the most friendly?
    I get your emails Larry. You are too smart to be made ignorant by prejudice.

  22. I see the biggest group of haters as Mad Muslims on a Maniac Mission of destruction . They are on a kill,steal and destroy operation which always leads to destruction of all peace and enjoyment of ones life. They never find true happiness and love. Where there is no love,there is no peace either. The world can never be at peace as long as there is the cult of Islam walking amongst good people. There are good Muslims in Islam but there is no good in the teachings of Islam. The world should recognize their ideas as cultish period. After 1400 years of anger…when will enough be enough to fill their thirst for blood and revenge? I want no part of their false prophet,dark words, and no part of walking around a black stone. God is not a black stone. They are a Satanic Cult serving evil before the love of their neighbor. May God have mercy on their souls.

  23. The Swedish Social Democrats were pro-Nazi. today, they know that their minority (under 50% off the Riksdag) government only had a plurality because of the immigrant vote. Neither the center-right nor left had a majority because the civic nationalist Sweden Democrats had 13% of the vote (up from 6% last time) the Moderate Party-led "right" wants nothing to do with them.

  24. What is "Christian DNA"? Do all Christians share blood?
    If it is a religious thing, then why is it that the non-Christian left are the anti-Jewish and anti-Israel ones? Wouldn't you expect that the Swedish Christian Democrats would be the most anti-Jewish party, instead of being one of the most friendly?
    I get your emails Larry. You are too smart to be made ignorant by prejudice.

  25. I see the biggest group of haters as Mad Muslims on a Maniac Mission of destruction . They are on a kill,steal and destroy operation which always leads to destruction of all peace and enjoyment of ones life. They never find true happiness and love. Where there is no love,there is no peace either. The world can never be at peace as long as there is the cult of Islam walking amongst good people. There are good Muslims in Islam but there is no good in the teachings of Islam. The world should recognize their ideas as cultish period. After 1400 years of anger…when will enough be enough to fill their thirst for blood and revenge? I want no part of their false prophet,dark words, and no part of walking around a black stone. God is not a black stone. They are a Satanic Cult serving evil before the love of their neighbor. May God have mercy on their souls.

  26. Ron, With the advent of Christian hegemony in Europe, the Church made every effort to alienate the Jews from society. They were the Christ-killers. Generations of Europeans grew up absorbing this view. By the 19th century, nationalism became the strongest force in Europe. Jews were an element without historical territory, a tribe without space, and so the thread of aversion continued and became even stronger. This led to Zionism, the realization that there was no more room in Europe for the Jews. The lethal millennial combination and accumulation of religious plus national anti-Semitism finally culminated in the Holocaust,the explosion of Western (Christian) fury. Now, after sitting Shivah for several decades, we are seeing this hatred expressing itself again. This time, Israel is the pretext. The demonstrations in Europe against Israel are filled with anti-Semitic rantings. On the campuses in America we are seeing anti-Israel fury laced with anti-Semitic expressions. Where did this come from… young people, intelligent, how does their anger at a political situation turn into a visceral outburst of a non-political nature? This, Ron, is what I meant by using the term ‘DNA’.

  27. Ron, With the advent of Christian hegemony in Europe, the Church made every effort to alienate the Jews from society. They were the Christ-killers. Generations of Europeans grew up absorbing this view. By the 19th century, nationalism became the strongest force in Europe. Jews were an element without historical territory, a tribe without space, and so the thread of aversion continued and became even stronger. This led to Zionism, the realization that there was no more room in Europe for the Jews. The lethal millennial combination and accumulation of religious plus national anti-Semitism finally culminated in the Holocaust,the explosion of Western (Christian) fury. Now, after sitting Shivah for several decades, we are seeing this hatred expressing itself again. This time, Israel is the pretext. The demonstrations in Europe against Israel are filled with anti-Semitic rantings. On the campuses in America we are seeing anti-Israel fury laced with anti-Semitic expressions. Where did this come from… young people, intelligent, how does their anger at a political situation turn into a visceral outburst of a non-political nature? This, Ron, is what I meant by using the term 'DNA'.

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