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The Swedish Parliament in Stockholm.

Sweden’s incoming prime minister Stefan Löfven announced to his cabinet on Friday, Oct. 3, that the Scandinavian country is about to become the first nation to officially recognize the state of ‘Palestine.’

In his inaugural speech to the Swedish parliament, Löfven insisted that the only way to end the conflict is for there to be a two-state solution. Bizarrely, he insisted that the solution had to be “negotiated in accordance with international law,” and “requires mutual recognition and a will to peaceful co-existence.” And with that, he announced, “Sweden will therefore recognize the state of Palestine.”



Not sure what magic wand he was waving (or magic mushrooms he was chewing) when Löfven concluded that Sweden’s recognition of a ‘Palestinian State’ was the equivalent of international law or would result in the necessary “mutual recognition and will to peaceful co-existence.”

The United Nations General Assembly voted to approve the recognition of ‘Palestine’ as a sovereign state in 2012, but the European Union and most EU countries have not yet given their official recognition.

Nael Touqan, Chairman of Palestinian Association of Stockholm told  Sweden’s  English-language paper The Local:

“We like this news so much. This is what we have been fighting for. Our religious festival Eid starts tomorrow and we consider this as a present for all Palestinians.”

“Sweden has great respect in Europe so we hope this means that other nations will follow its lead,” he added. “This is the only way to pressure Israel.”

Phil Carmel from the European Jewish Congress which represents Jews in 40 countries including Sweden told The Local:”This is a token move by Sweden’s new government and it is ironic that Sweden recognizes a Palestinian state at a time when even Palestinians can’t agree on what its borders will be.”

He added: “A key principle of the European Union is to recognize future states based on negotiations and it is very sad that Sweden appears to have cast these negotiations aside and wants to label Palestine as a state before any formal agreement on its borders.”

Tundra Tabloids, a pro-Israel media site based in Finland, described Sweden’s decision as one made by “the Marxist-led Swedish government.”  It vowed to refer to the Swedish government from here on as “the radical Marxist regime.”

This past July in Malmo, a city in Sweden, a man was badly beaten by a Swedish mob for flying an Israeli flag outside his window. The man was assaulted with metal bars after a stone was smashed through the window of his home.

In August of this past summer, a Jewish woman in the Swedish town of Upsalla was badly beaten for wearing a Star of David necklace.


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  1. The entire people of Israel demand that the Samis in Sweden be allowed to secede from Sweden and set up their own separate state with half of Stockholm as their capital!! Israel will be allowing the Sami state to open its own EMbassy in Jerusalem and Israel will be providing aid and arms to the Samis.

  2. The minority Socialist Green Left government of Svenskastan is dependent on Muslim votes. Without these the Moderate Conservatives would have had the largest block. Of course, if the Moderates included the Sweden Democrats ( nationalist conservatives) they would have a majority.

  3. It is beyond odd to hear Sweden stating this! on 24 of April 1920 the League of Nations approved a plan to build a national Jewish home (included both east and western part of the Jordan River) The League supported at the end a smaller Jewish Palestine and on the 16th of Sep 1922 in San Remo- 51 nations approved and put this plan into international law,INCLUDING SWEDEN it was approved by US Congress and Senate and the UN when it was established reaffirmed it. They appropriated ALL LANDS WEST OF THE JORDAN RIVER as the lands to be apportioned to the Jewish state. The Eastern lands what is called today "Jordan" were apportioned for all Arabs of the region to establish a "Arab nation". (They did not acknowledge the existence of ANY ARAB PALESTINIAN ENTITY) The Jewish Palestine state included Gaza in it. Israel have since gave a way Gaza to establish an Arab land. Jordan is THE Arab land meant to accommodate ALL Arabs of the region. The demand to give more lands to build further states for Arabs carving them out of the little portion Israel have is anti semitic and further goes against SWEDEN'S own International agreement on Israel's borders. We are the only democracy in the region that allows pluralistic religion to exist side by side. There should be a concentrated effort to further our influence in this region not to minimize or curb our hold we have in our biblical land. Clearly Judea and Samaria were part of what was given to Israel legally and are NOT OCCUPIED –Any other minorities choosing to live in PEACE with Israel are welcome to stay under FULL ISRAELI SOVEREIGNTY!

  4. Our new government is a bunch of islamloving idiots, and so was the one before. 2000 muslims get asylum every week. The Israelfriendly party, Swedendemocrats, got 13% in the election. But the other parties treat as like scum, and refuses to talk to us. Sweden is a ed up country.

  5. "Palestine is a Geographical Area, Not a Nationality!"

    "There Has Never Been a Sovereign Arab State in Palestine."

    "The artificiality of a Palestinian identity is reflected in the attitudes and actions of neighboring Arab nations who never established a Palestinian state themselves."
    Unlike nation-states in Europe, modern Lebanese, Jordanian, Syrian, and Iraqi nationalities did not evolve. They were arbitrarily created by colonial powers.

    "Jewish Rights to Palestine Were Internationally Guaranteed."

    "In the first Report of the High Commissioner on the Administration of Palestine (1920-1925) presented to the British Secretary of State for the Colonies, published in April 1925, the most senior official of the Mandate, the High Commissioner for Palestine, underscored how international guarantees for the existence of a Jewish National Home in Palestine were achieved:

    “The [Balfour] Declaration was endorsed at the time by several of the Allied Governments; it was reaffirmed by the Conference of the Principal Allied Powers at San Remo in 1920; it was subsequently endorsed by unanimous resolutions of both Houses of the Congress of the United States; it was embodied in the Mandate for Palestine approved by the League of Nations in 1922; it was declared, in a formal statement of policy issued by the Colonial Secretary in the same year, ‘not to be susceptible of change.’ ”

    Far from the whim of this or that politician or party, eleven successive British governments, Labor and Conservative, from David Lloyd George (1916-1922) through Clement Attlee (1945-1952) viewed themselves as duty-bound to fulfill the “Mandate for Palestine” placed in the hands of Great Britain by the League of Nations."

    Fifty-one member countries – the entire League of Nations – unanimously declared on July 24, 1922:

    “Whereas recognition has been given to the historical connection of the Jewish people with Palestine and to the grounds for reconstituting their national home in that country.”

    There has never been a Palestinian state and never will be!

    The So-called Palestinians were Given the Gaza Strip in 2006 by Israel. It IT was won from the Egypt in the 1967 war. These so-called Palestinians never lived or occupied the Gaza Strip prior to 2006!

    Why is it so hard to comprehend and understand for all of you?


  6. Why has there never ever been a state of palestine before? Yes there was the nickname that the Romans gave to the Levant, Palestina, but it included Israel and Judah and the surrounding countries.

  7. I´m swedish so I know what I´m talking about. A prim minister who before the votion had no place in the swedish Riksdag (Government) he came from the union of layers. Only Four of the ministers had been in a government before. All of the is leftvings people. Some extreme left. But it is so week so it must fall soon.

  8. I pity the people behind Sweden’s decision of total stupidity and hatred toward Israel. Every human knows what the TRUTH really is, and Jesus will hold the swedes responsible for this despicable treason of justice. Please rescind this decision before it’s too late! GOD BLESS THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL!!!!! AMEN!!!!!

  9. I wonder if Sweden beat me, or My Fridays comment to Life? We have Freedom to he where we want to be? I had Life’s Freedom to be in Indonesia, Armenia, or Minsk. Its government may have had a different story. I take Freedom as My God, for Freedom is one my government of Australia doesn’t want me to talk to telepathically like others did to God who once had the Name I Am (Exodus).

  10. [Surak] That's only the beginning. Malmostan must be recognized as an Islamic state with claims upon the rump Sweden, and the right to fire rockets at and explode bombs within Sweden whenever they're bored.

  11. The world is going to hell in a hand-basket. What happened to the strong leaders? What is it that makes them so afraid to stand up to the Muslims? Yes, they are nasty and are rapists and murderers, but there are laws in place to handle that and these countries are backing down on them where if it was a Swede, they would be in jail. They live on welfare and you let them get away with murder literally!

  12. Sweden is the major focus of Jew hatred in Scandinavia. There Jews are advised not wear anything that would suggest that they are Jews. A Mogan David, a Yarmulke ,Tzitsit,etc most often results in assaults-physical attacks. In Sweden,just 2 years ago ,the major newspaper published a front page article claiming Israel was killing Arabs for body parts. When Bnai Brith,the Gov of Israel and others complained to the Swedish Government,the Gov refused to do anything about it. The antisemitism now obvious in that country became extreme after heavy Arab immigration. It is estimated that Sweden and possibly all of Scandinavia will be an Islamic region in approximately 2040-50." It's the end for the Vikings." The same Jew hatred is seen in all of Scandinavia due to Arab immigration. .

  13. Recognition of a state called Palestine is nothing but national and international antisemitism. The reason for the world bias in favor of any Muslim country vs Israel is simple. Those other countries are not Jewish. Being Jewish is Israel's major handicap. Palestine is an artificial creation that did not exist prior to 1967. Any decision by the UN will not change reality on the ground unless the anti Israel majority in the UN authorizes military action against Israel to guarantee the independence of the new creation.

  14. It is a priority to get the Jews of Sweden out of there. Now a biblical lesson for the members of the nations, G-d blesses those who bless the Jews and curses those who do not. Which side do you want to be on?

  15. There is a trifling historical problem with 'palestine' and 'palestinians';

    If 'Palestine', the country, goes back through most of recorded history, one should be able to answer a few basic questions about that country of 'Palestine':
    When was it founded and by whom?
    What were its borders?
    What was its capital?
    What were its major cities?
    What constituted the basis of its economy?
    What was its form of government?
    What is the name of at least one Palestinian leader before Arafat?
    Was Palestine ever recognized as a country whose existence, at that time or now, leaves no room for interpretation?
    What was the language of the country of Palestine ?
    What was the prevalent religion of the country of Palestine ?
    What was the name of its currency? For any date in history, what was the approximate exchange rate of the Palestinian monetary unit against the US dollar, German mark, GB pound, Japanese yen, or Chinese yuan on that date?
    And, finally, since there is no such country today, what caused its demise and when did it occur?

    Yes, a lot of the violence against Jews in Europe is perpetrated by muslims, however, the underlying anti-Semitism which has always existed in Europe is also reasserting itself among non-muslims. We are seeing an increase attacks and level of violence against Jews here in America. Israel is our only true home, and I am intending to make aliyah as soon as possible.

  16. "Palestine" was NEVER a country nor a state. It was the nickname that the Romans gave to the Levant, which included Israel, Judah and the surrounding countries….it had nothing to do with any specific Arab people with a different culture, because the so-called "Palestinians", are descendants of Jordan. The original "refugees" who fled Israel before the 1967 war died long ago. Those who are left are three generations away and should have blended in to any country where their ancestors fled to. Why have they not? Because their host countries are STILL using them as political pawns to make Israel look bad. Yeah…. 🙁

  17. Europe is realizing that all of the unlimited cheap immigrant labor had an astronomical back-end cost. Given the disparity between the high muslim and low non-muslim birth rates, it is a safe bet that getting into the burqa business would be a good fiscal move.

  18. We have in Mr Löfvens government one Islamist – Mehmet Kaplan, former participant of the first Flotilla and a parliament member who has promised to "free Jerusalem". And also a minister, Gustaf Fridolin, who has served as a Human Shield on the West Bank. For some religious group. So what do you expect?

  19. So what You are saying Steven is that the Palestines have the right to their land??? And for Your information, the Samis live in Norway, Sweden, Finland & Russia, so the "entire people of Israel" have some work to do there, I wish You luck, have always been on the Sami side!

  20. Yes, the very same country that through it's neutralism could give out 8000 protective passports and 4500 passports to Jews in Budapest, help Danish, Finnish, Latvian and Norwegian Jews over the border, Set up the white busses that took in survivors from the concentration camps after the war (that even if the Swedish Jewish establishment and the main Rabbi tried to stop it, they did not want poor refugees destroying their high reputation)! Yes Steven, that little country it is, with a big and thriwing Jewish Community I'm proud off!

  21. Per Lidvall
    That was then. This is a very different now and it is not the Sweden my grandparents now rolling in their graves knew and loved. Wouldn't you agree anyone that may be thriving will certainly thrive better when not being beaten and harassed by neo-nazis and their more numerous and powerful counterparts, Sweden's Muslims?

  22. Peggy d'Oliveyra So did Holland!
    I don't know what the rape statistics have to do with the World Wars, but here You have FACTS, never hurts to read before You're throwing at it hits your face:
    Rape per capita in the world:
    Number 32: Netherlands
    Number 44: South Africa
    Number 48: Sweden

  23. Per Lidvall Where do you think those two groups of parliamentarians stand on adopting nation wide Sharia for you. I suspect one of those groups would not be worth mentioning.

  24. Richard Trank You're so right, I'm totally agaisnt what happens in Sweden, the neo-nazis not only beating Jews, they also beat Muslims, in all cases wrong.
    Whats even worst is that the rasist party SD, once created by former nazis gained so much votes in the last election, and whats even more ironic is that there even are a few of them here in the comment fields!

  25. Peggy d'Oliveyra And Peggy since my answer to You was censured, here You go again:
    1 "The same country that was doing so much business with the Nazis!" So did Netherlands!
    2. Rape stastitic per capita:
    No.34: Netherlands
    No.44: South Africa
    No.48: Sweden
    Even low, nothing to be proud off for any nation!

  26. It is clear that the new Swedish Prime Minister has a great chance to win the Nobel Peace Prize…
    But this will only bring him small change of about 1 million dollars.
    However, Qatar can add to this small amount something more significant

  27. I don't understand your statement, what does it have to do with this? Before she got offered the position she worked actively for her party for many years!
    The last Finance Minister Anders Björk did exactly the same, he joined the party Moderaterna "Conservative" when he got offered the position as a Finance Minister, and left Moderaterna when they lost the last election!

  28. Per Lidvall, you are wrong! SD is not a rasist party. 13 % of the swedes can´t be rasists. A new election now will give them more than that. I´m not ashamed that I voted on SD. They are the most pro-israel party in Sweden. Those who can understand swedish can se it with there own eyes. If not there is Google Translation. The headlinje goes like this: Sweden should stop all the support to the Palestine government.

  29. Stig Åke Gerdvall Read my comment again, I said it has members that have Nazi sympaties and denial of the Holocoast, you know that as everyone else, but that does not include ALL members.
    As well as one country are trashed here with what ONE person (Prime Minister says) it still have to be an election in the Government about it and it probably won't happen, but the paranoia here is unbelivabel!

  30. Fascinating that You're quoting SD's Björn Söder, that says "Christianity and the Swedish Culture is superior to Freedom of religion in Sweden" that means that the Muslim, Hindu, Buddist and Jewish faiths have nothing to do in Sweden!

  31. Stig Åke Gerdvall I said members, and You know they are thrown out but more popping up, and when You try to trash our very capable Minister of Culture, probably because she is woman and black, why don't You show the photo of Your SD party member Björn Söder shaking hands with the old SS man Franz Schönhuber, I think that beats being lightly dressed,

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