Posts Tagged ‘Sweden’

The Swedish Intifada in Israel

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

This article originally appeared in my blog, The Sweden-Israel Conundrum, at the Jerusalem Post on November 17, 2014.

On October 30 Sweden decided to abrogate the agreed-upon Oslo Accords by granting “Palestine” recognition without the Palestinian regime having to fulfill a single one of its many obligations.
These legally binding obligations include:

  1. Cessation of racist indoctrination against Jews.
  2. Cessation of incitement to violence against Israel.
  3. A stop to Palestinian Arab terrorism.
  4. Recognition of the state of Israel within its agreed interim borders until a final-status agreement is reached through a negotiated settlement. The key word here is “negotiated”. Not unilateral, negotiated.

The new Left-wing Swedish government, a bunch of pitiful amateurs dabbling in statecraft and including hardened Islamists, extremists deported from Israel for violating anti-terror laws, an illegal Muslim immigrant, tax evaders, a gross violator of Sweden’s strict environmental laws (this is the Minister for the Environment!) and even one clairvoyant, decided that not one of the conditions of the Oslo Accords needed to be fulfilled by the Palestinian Arab coalition government.

To read the rest of the article, visit my blog, The Sweden-Israel Conundrum, at the Jerusalem Post.

The New Stockholm Syndrome

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

This article was first published in The Jerusalem Report Magazine on 13 June 2013.


Swedish politicians and the media are paralyzed by fear of even acknowledging the issue of Muslim hooliganism

Stockholm Syndrome is the irrational empathy of a cowed hostage for his captor, his subservient gratitude for not being further debased. The term was coined following a bank robbery in the Swedish capital in August 1973. In the course of that six-day ordeal, the victims bonded with the criminals even as their personal liberties were being trampled on.

That was Sweden, summer of 1973. The victims were alone, afraid, had no contact with the police and depended on their violent abusers for their survival.

Forty years later, summer of 2013, the majority of Swedish society has largely adopted this craven attitude towards violent radical Muslim abusers of their personal liberties.

Muslims. All Swedish Muslims? Far from it. On the contrary, most Swedish Muslims want no truck with the radicalized hooligans who are given a free rein by the country’s politicians and media. Many Swedes – including immigrants from Muslim states – complain that blind Swedish allegiance to political correctness ties the hands of the judiciary.

The media are culpable here. There have been suggestions that left-wing tabloid Aftonbladet offered rioting youths thousands of kronor for “good” photographs of burning cars at the height of the recent urban unrest. One TV journalist documented his refusal to join this “arson auction.” So there is evidence the media are actively fuelling the problem while refusing to spotlight the common denominator – the ethnicity of the arsonists.

The rioters claim their actions are a response to systematic job discrimination. This argument holds little water. Although Sweden is by no means free of xenophobia, this does not translate into the workplace. Not least because most employers here have strong programs to support ethnic diversity. Job applicants at large companies such as Volvo, Scania, AstraZeneca and SKF have a better chance of succeeding if they are from a cultural minority – that’s how keen employers are to demonstrate their dedication to multi-ethnicity.

Ironically, demands to abandon the state religion of Political Correctness are gaining traction among Muslim Swedes, who fled their home countries years ago to escape the extremism now pursuing them in the new wave of Muslim immigration. Many immigrants from Muslim countries openly say what native Swedes don’t dare voice – that whatever their grievances, the thugs need to be made to fear the police, not to be allowed to disrespect them with impunity.

A June 3 editorial in the respected Swedish daily Svenska Dagbladet notes that one group of Muslim rioters urged their co-religionists as follows: “The world and the future are yours. The future of the suburbs should not be determined by people who don’t live where you live, don’t have the same surnames you do, don’t look like you do.”

There are signs that the Swedish population, in general, and police officers, ambulance crews and firefighters, in particular, may all turn sharp right in the September 2014 general election because they are on the front line of this ethnic urban warfare, which is being increasingly seen as an attempt to subjugate Swedish society. Ambulances and fire engines are routinely torched and require police protection while performing emergency duties. Even the police have to travel in multiple vehicles, one squad car shielding the other.

How is all this impacting on Sweden’s tiny, embattled Jewish community? Jews have lived here for about 250 years and number about 16,000 souls. They are totally integrated linguistically, culturally and socially. However, the Jewish community is under pressure, nowhere more so than in Malmö, whose Jewish population has virtually halved in the past decade thanks to radicalized Islamists, a virulently anti-Jewish mayor and subjugated mainstream media that consistently ignore the onslaught for fear of being accused of racism.

Something is rotten in the generous state of Sweden when members of its 400,000-strong Muslim community demand that the state deal robustly with Muslim hooliganism, while politicians and the media are paralysed by fear of even acknowledging the issue’s existence.

That fear is eroding Sweden’s democracy. Because, so far, mob rule is winning.

Ilya Meyer, deputy chairman of the West Sweden branch of the Sweden-Israel Friendship Association, blogs on Sweden and the Middle East at

Sweden through Zionist eyes on the eve of a pro-Israel manifestation

Saturday, September 1st, 2012

The following article was first published as an op-ed in Arutz Sheva, Israel National News, and is reprinted here with kind permission from them. The article is in the form of an interview conducted by Dr Manfred Gerstenfeld of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.

The article should be read against the background of a pro-Israel manifestation being held in Gothenburg on the west coast of Sweden on Sunday 2nd September at 1 pm. A parallel manifestation is being held in the Swedish capital Stockholm.

Interview series: Ilya Meyer, of the Sweden-Israel Friendship Association: “The Simon Wiesenthal Center issued a travel warning advising Jews not to travel to Malmö for fear of being attacked”.

“There are no official calls by the Swedish government to discriminate against Israel. The current cabinet, a coalition of conservative, liberal and centrist parties, formally adopts a neutral position in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

“This has to be qualified with insight into the distinct Swedish psyche. Swedes are often characterized by two traits: distaste for conflict and total dedication to an all-consuming need for consensus – irrespective of the principles or rights and wrongs of the case. In the Swedish mindset, it is better to preserve consensus and adopt an inappropriate decision than to contradict the majority and insist on an appropriate one, even if this opposition is morally justified.”

Ilya Meyer is Vice-Chair of the Sweden-Israel Friendship Association, West Sweden branch. He is former Chair of the Board of Information of the Gothenburg Jewish Community. He blogs at

Meyer observes: “Another consideration must be added: Foreign Minister Carl Bildt, who belongs to the Moderates (Conservatives), the coalition’s largest party, has exhibited a consistent rabid anti-Israel position. He is widely regarded in Sweden as a political opportunist and seems to have international ambitions.

“Bildt often serves the interests of Arab and other Muslim countries. He may need their votes to be elected to an important position abroad. Bildt seems to be convinced that overt anti-Israelism will enhance his chances of personal advancement more than allegiance to principle. One example was his visit to Turkey after the illegal attempt by the Turkish vessel Mavi Marmara to break the Israel-imposed blockade of the Hamas enclave in Gaza in 2010.

“Bildt ensured he was photographed together with the vessel’s Swedish and Islamist militant activists. Analysts regarded it as rather incongruous for a Moderate Swedish MP to rub shoulders with extreme leftists. They failed to factor in Bildt’s ambitions and his animosity toward Israel.

“Another Moderate politician of similar thinking is Gunilla Carlsson, Minister for International Development and Cooperation. She claimed that ‘Israel destroys EU-funded Palestinian infrastructure.’ Carlsson avoids mentioning why Israel is put in the position of responding to repeated Arab attacks from that infrastructure. She makes no demands on Palestinians to stop using EU-funded infrastructure for staging attacks on Israel.

“Carlsson’s approach appears to be that whatever the Arabs do, Israel’s foremost obligation is to protect Palestinians from the consequences of their own criminal actions. Like many Swedes in leading political and media positions, she does not realize that denying that Palestinian Arabs can be responsible for their actions is inherently racist.

“Labor is Sweden’s main left wing opposition party. The others are the Green Party and the Communist Party – the latter recently rebranded the Left Party in a bid to boost its respectability. All three are vociferous in their constant criticism of the State of Israel. They are outspoken in their desire to officially recognize the State of Palestine should they come to power.

“Labor’s gray eminence Pierre Schori was a protégé of the Israel-bashing Prime Minister Olof Palme. He consistently sings the praises of both Fidel Castro – calling him “one of the greatest leaders in contemporary history” – and Hamas Islamist leader Ismail Haniyeh. In 2009, Schori drew up a five-point plan which demanded punishing international sanctions against Israel. He did not propose any action whatsoever regarding Hamas for its role in firing thousands of missiles into civilian population centers in southern Israel.

“The left-wing opposition finds itself with the strangest of bedfellows: Moderate hardliners like Bildt, fanatic Islamists working to spread Sharia in Sweden, neo-Nazi groups that hate Jews and Muslims with equal fervor, and anarchist fringe groups. They all unite against Israel.

“In a league apart is Ilmar Reepalu, the populist Labor Mayor of Sweden’s third largest city Malmö, where Muslim immigrants are a large minority. In 2009, a Davis Cup tennismatch between Sweden and Israel was scheduled there. Reepalu tried to prohibit thematch. When he failed, he issued a decree that no spectators should attend.

“Reepalu has made frequent anti-Semitic statements. This has prompted the Simon Wiesenthal Center to issue a travel warning advising Jews not to travel to Malmö for fear of being attacked. Moreover, President Obama’s special envoy on anti-Semitism Hannah Rosenthal recently paid a visit to an unrepentant Reepalu to persuade him to abandon or at least moderate his stance.

“There is one political party in Parliament on which all the others have imposed a kind of unofficial boycott: the Sweden Democrats (SD). SD is against mass immigration, primarily from Muslim countries. It is also against circumcision, which impacts both Jews and Muslims. SD is also against kosher slaughter, which is not allowed in Sweden, but SD even wants to prohibit the import of kosher meat, which has clearly anti-Semitic overtones.”

Meyer concludes: “In the media, some churches, state-subsidized NGOs and other parts of the Swedish cultural elite, there are many Israel bashers. Unfortunately, the politicized leadership of the Lutheran Church is particularly virulent in this respect. However, among government coalition parliamentarians, there are a number of Israel supporters. Without them, Swedish Jewry would be in dire straits.”