Archive for February, 2010

Ilmar Reepalu of Malmö: Wrong in every language

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Estonian-born mayor of Malmö Mr Illmar Reepalu seems to have an inbred need to disseminate hatred of everything Jewish.

He also appears to have a rather uncomfortable relationship with the truth.

And he seems to have a markedly selective grasp of the English language.

In fact, every time he speaks or writes – whatever the language of his choice – he adds further anti-Semitic hatred to a race crisis he deliberately sparked over a year ago when he attempted to prevent Jews from playing tennis in the southern Swedish city of Malmö.

In his latest diatribe, the Social Democratic mayor of Malmö, more than one-quarter of whose population is Muslim, makes a wildly inaccurate claim about the Community Security Trust (CST), a British charitable organisation that, among other things, monitors cases of anti-Semitism in the British Isles. Ilmar Reepalu writes in Swedish daily Svenska Dagbladet:

The UK saw a record increase in anti-Semitic incidents in 2009. The Community Security Trust, a Jewish security organisation, says the reason for this is Israel’s offensive in Gaza. But when I say exactly the same thing, I am called an anti-Semite.”

Here follows a lesson in English, truth and integrity all in one:

Start off with what the CST actually wrote, in its own words:

“The reason for this unprecedented rise in antisemitic incidents lies in the reactions to the conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza and southern Israel, which led to record numbers of incidents in January and February.”

(Page 10 of the CST report)

And again, more specifically:

“The unprecedented rise in the number of antisemitic incidents in the UK in 2009 occurred largely because of the extreme reactions to the trigger event of the Gaza conflict …

(Page 23 of the CST report)
At no stage does the CST write, claim or otherwise insinuate that the reason for the spike in anti-Semitic attacks in the UK is because of “Israel’s offensive in Gaza”, as Ilmar Reepalu claims.

The CST makes no value judgements as to who did what first. That is beyond its remit. The CST does not state that Hamas started the conflict by kidnapping an Israeli teenager from inside sovereign Israel. Nor does it state that even before the kidnapping, Hamas had fired more than 10,000 missiles on civilian Israeli communities in southern Israel, with the rate of Hamas missile fire actually increasing during a six-month cease-fire.

Nor, for that matter, does the CST say that Israel’s actions are a subsequent response, or an initiated action, or anything else. It simply notes that the Gaza conflict served as a “trigger event” for a sharp increase in anti-Semitic attacks in the UK. Nothing else.

Mr Reepalu’s misrepresentations do not stem from an inability to understand English.

They stem from his animosity toward Jews.

In Malmö, in the rest of Sweden, in the Middle East and even in Britain.

Several Swedish journalists and politicians have taken the Social Democratic mayor of Sweden’s third-largest city to task for his unsavoury views and his extremist statements.

After weeks and months of highly troubling silence, the leader of the Swedish Social Democratic party, Ms Mona Sahlin, has finally spoken on the subject. Mr Reepalu has previously gone on record as saying that the Jews of Malmö have only themselves to blame for anti-Semitic attacks against them because they did not clearly state their animosity towards the Jewish state of Israel. He has never required that the Muslims of Malmö adopt an equally dismissive stance towards rogue Muslim regimes such as Iran, Hamas, Hizbullah, Saudi Arabia or Somalia, for instance. Disparity in the treatment of two ethnic groups or two religions is recognised the world over as a clear expression of racism.

Now Mr Reepalu’s party leader Mona Sahlin says in an interview with Swedish daily Svenska Dagbladet that “Ilmar is not an anti-Semite but rather someone who fights against racism”.

Bearing in mind Mr Reepalu’s track record of animosity towards Jews, this has been perceived as a rather extraordinary statement.

Ms Sahlin had more to say: “Jews deserve strong support but it is also necessary never to confuse the issues of anti-Semitism and Zionism”. Some analysts in Sweden see this as advice to the country’s Jews not to cry “anti-Semitism” every time Swedish Jews are attacked by Islamist and left-wing mobs demonstrating their hatred of the Jewish state by attacking Jews in the streets, Jewish places of worship and Jewish cemeteries. It calls into question Social Democratic party leader Mona Sahlin’s judgement and credibility.

Ms Sahlin, who hopes to win the general elections in Sweden this September, did, however, concede that “Ilmar did make some rather unfortunate statements”.

That might go down in the history books as the understatement of the year. And this is still only February.

Links to articles and blogs condemning Ilmar Reepalu for racism (in Swedish):
Gulan Avci: Are Jews worth nothing to the Social Democrats?
Matthias Sundin: Reepalu is responsible for increase in attacks on Jews
Svenska Dagbladet: Big debate in the media following SvD’s editorial about Reepalu
SvD article: Ilmar Reepalu should resign
SvD article: The Jews flee Malmö as Ilmar Reepalu watches
Sydsvenskan: An unpleasant picture of Malmö emerges

Links on the situation in which the Jews of Sweden find themselves:
Unholy Trinity
Boycott the Jews in Sweden
Sweden: an Islamic republic in Europe?

The unholy trinity

Saturday, February 20th, 2010

2010 is election year in Sweden. In power today is an alliance consisting of the Conservatives, Liberals, Centre Party and Christian Democrats.

That is something that Sweden’s communists (recently rebranded the Left Party), the extreme-left Social Democrats and ultra-left Greens want to change.

On February 17 three of these three parties’ leading lights – Urban Ahlin, Hans Linde and Per Gahrton – put forward their intended coalition’s manifesto should Sweden turn red this September.

The manifesto has one item in particular focus: the Middle East.

The headline of the trio’s article – published in Aftonbladet, the tabloid that brought the world the unresearched, unproven, refuted and subsequently withdrawn allegations of Jewish and Israeli plundering of Arab organs for profit – reads “Red-Green Collaboration for a free Palestine.”

The Communist/Left Party component of this unholy trinity demands that Swedish troops be withdrawn from Afghanistan. That is a conflict that does not concern Sweden, according to the strategists outlining the foreign policy of a possible future Swedish government. In fact, renowned extremist Jan Myrdal (read here a Hizbollah interview with him reported in Sweden’s Radio Islam, whose proprietor has served a jail sentence for anti-Semitic sedition) said after two Swedish soldiers were killed in Afghanistan that “the only good foreign soldier on Afghan soil is a dead one”.
However, the Red-Green Collaboration does want Swedish troops to be sent to “Palestine”. Not to shield Israeli civilians from Hamas rocket attacks on Sderot’s schools, or to protect Israelis from Hizbollah rocket attacks on Haifa hospitals, or to prevent Fatah from murdering an Israeli father of seven in Judea and Samaria/the West Bank, but to prevent Israel from responding to attacks from these organizations. For an up-to-date assessment about Fatah by analyst Caroline Glick, read her article entitled “The Fatah Fairy Tale“.
Hamas openly maintains that it will never recognize Israel. The collaborators in Sweden’s left-wing parties that want to take over the reins of power this September have no problem with this position, signally failing to register their protest at this intransigence. It is not a new stance – Hamas always have and still continue to maintain this position.
Interestingly, the Red-Green Collaboration not comment on the fact that Hamas is so uninterested in compromising its strict interpretation of what the future holds in store that it is even targeting the Palme Centre (link in Swedish only). The Palme Centre is a sometimes rather shadowy Swedish NGO dedicated to legitimising Palestinian radicalism and delegitimising the Jewish state – using Swedish state funding for the purpose. Read the following article to find out more about Sweden’s involvement with shadowy, non-transparent NGOs – it contains a wealth of relevant links.
Furthermore, the trio of left-wing politicians do not deal with the illegal aspect of any links with Hamas, classified by the UN as a terrorist organisation. The Red-Green Collaboration support breaking the law in order to pursue their agenda of a second Palestinian state alongside Jordan, at the expense of Israel.
Return to Afghanistan: the Red-Green Collaboration say that should they come into power, they will cease all military cooperation with Israel. This includes the purchase, leasing and/or usage of such Israeli military hardware as airborne drones to monitor Taliban operations in Afghanistan. Despite the fact that, a few days ago, two Swedish servicemen were killed in a Taliban operation in Afghanistan. The Red-Green Collaboration maintain their highly principled stance – no defence contacts with Israel even if it means saving Swedish lives. That is something the Swedish public – which is staunchly behind the nation’s contribution to Afghanistan’s future and development – may wish to take note of.

The principles of the Red-Green Collaboration also prevent contacts between the Swedish intelligence service and its Israeli counterpart. Bearing in mind that Sweden is a safe-haven for and an increasingly front-line participator in the drive to radicalise and recruit jihadi Islamists for terror operations abroad, this is again something that the Swedish public may want to note. Not least because failure to cooperate on intelligence issues promotes increasingly unrestricted radicalization on the domestic scene in Sweden, particularly in the southern city of Malmö, whose mayor Ilmar Reepalu has made himself a name as a radical support of Islamism and a vocal critic of Swedish Jews.

On the subject of the creation of a second Palestinian Arab state alongside Jordan – where 70 percent of the population is Palestinian Arab and where the state has moved to revoke Jordanian citizenship from Palestinian Arabs – the Red-Green Collaboration demands that a first step be the dismantling of the security barrier constructed by Israel to stop Palestinian Arab suicide bombings and other terrorist attacks. However, the trio make no mention of the need to stop the Palestinian Arab terror attacks that necessitated the barrier in the first place.

Amazingly, the word “terror” does not figure in the Red-Green Collaboration’s position paper. Not once.

It is a telling discrepancy. A coalition of left-wingers and extreme left-wingers who want to take over the reins of power in Sweden, who fail to recognize or acknowledge terror abroad, are willing to sacrifice Swedish lives abroad, and who promote contravention of international law.

All so as to promote the interests of Palestine over Israel.

It seems like the Communist, Social Democratic and Green parties are campaigning in the wrong elections – it’s Ramallah they should set their sights on, not Stockholm.

After all, the current Fatah incumbent in Ramallah has already come to the end of his legal term in office and is now just staying on in power, irrespective of the legislative niceties of the situ

In old-fashioned English this was called a coup. Possibly a dictatorship. Whatever it is, it certainly isn’t democracy.

Here is what Fatah has to say about the Palme Centre, set up in honour of Sweden’s notoriously anti-American and anti-Israel Social Democrat Olof Palme: “After the election in 2006, we were contacted by social democratic parties from many countries. But we get along best with the Swedes”.

It figures.
Watch this space in September for the Swedish election results.

What exactly do the Palestinians want?

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

When is it OK to demolish a Muslim graveyard in order to use the property to build factories, shops, banks and offices?
When Muslims in Jerusalem want to make money. (Read the Palestine Post from November 22, 1945 for proof.)

When is it an insult against Islam to build on a derelict former parking lot that happens to be located beside a Muslim graveyard that is guaranteed preservation as a holy Muslim site for all time to come?
When Jews in Jerusalem want to build a museum dedicated to inter-religious tolerance and cohesion. (Read also a press release on the subject by the Simon Wiesenthal Center as well as comments by Elder of Ziyon and Elder of Ziyon again for more detailed background.)

Palestinian Arab hypocrisy knows no bounds when it comes to exploiting every opportunity to express anti-Semitic feeling and to preventing any form of bridge-building in the name of tolerance, respect and peace.

The Israelis create, the Palestinians talk about creating (as far back as1945) but they actually create nothing. Instead, all their resources are invested in curtailing development and destroying potential – both their own and that of their Israeli neighbour.

There is one thing, however, that the Palestinians are good at creating – their own version of history. This explains why, more than 60 years later, they are still in the same situation today that they were back then.

In order to truly understand how they ever got themselves into this position in the first place, read their own explanation courtesy of Palestinian Media Watch of the creation of the Palestinian Arab refugee problem instead of a second Palestinian Arab nation alongside the original Palestinian Arab nation of Transjordan, later renamed Jordan.

In the Palestinian Arabs’ own words:


More than 60 ears on, the Palestinian Arabs still lack the will to admit the truth, recognise the cynical manipulations and historic miscalculations of their leaders and abandon their drive to dismantle the Jewish state of Israel. The creation of the second Palestinian Arab state in the Jewish provinces of Judea and Samaria was simply never on the agenda, even though it encompassed the ethnic cleansing of all Jews at the same time as more than 20 percent of the population of the Jewish state consists of both Muslim and Christian Arabs. They always wanted and still want more.

How much more? The Palestinian Arabs do not agree for the Jews to have any part of the Jewish homeland at all. That is why it was regarded as perfectly acceptable to demolish a Muslim graveyard and build a commercial centre on its hallowed ground – if the plans were submitted by Muslims.

At the same time as it is regarded as an insult to build a museum dedicated to tolerance and peace beside a protected Muslim graveyard – if the plans are submitted by Jews.

Caroline Glick, Senior Contributing Editor at the Jerusalem Post, puts it very succinctly: the Palestinian Arabs do not want peace. They cannot afford to take any steps towards peace because that would automatically mean relinquishing their ultimate aim – the destruction of their Jewish neighbours. Read the exact words that Zahir Muhsein, PLO Executive Committee Member, uses to deny the existence of a Palestinian people whily detailing the strategy for destroying the Jewish state. This explains why the highly secular Palestinian Authority – already an entity without any legal standing according to Palestinian electoral legislation – is so keen to embrace religious bigotry if that weapon can be used against the Jewish state.

The Palestinians continue cementing the conflict into permanency through their disparaging, racist way of viewing and treating their Jewish neighbours. As a result, peaceful resolution and mutual respect are more distant prospects than ever before – even after more than 60 years.

The Palestinian Arabs and their Jewish neighbours deserve a far better fate.

To find out just how divorced the Palestinian Arab mainstream is from reality, read Barry Rubin’s most recent article entitled “Why Isn’t There Peace? One Reason: Few People Know How Much is Being Offered“.

It’s an eye-opener.

Relevant links from this blog:
Israeli-Palestinian Conflict? Get a Grip on the Facts
Look who supports a Palestinian state in place of Israel: is Sweden anti-Semitic?
Swedish foreign minister represents Palestine
Pop quiz for peace
Reality Check for the EU
Swedish Foreign Minister’s Crusade against the Jewish State
Double-dealing or mere incompetence?