Put an end to the occupation

The sole cause of the ongoing conflict and the continuing inequalities in the Middle East is the occupation.The UN Human Rights Council’s occupation of the international community’s time, finances, manpower resources and media space. The UNHRC does not deal with the massacres of hundreds of thousands of black Africans in eastern Africa – because the […]

Has anyone in Israel asked how Gideon Levy got it all so very wrong?

Letter sent to Haaretz following columnist Gideon Levy’s article entitled “Has anyone in Israel asked why the Swedes hate us?” Response to Gideon Levy, Haaretz: Has anyone in Israel asked how Gideon Levy got it all so very wrong?By Ilya Meyer, Sweden Gideon Levy asks “Has anyone in Israel asked why the Swedes hate us?” […]

Is Sweden anti-Semitic?

The answer is an emphatic “no”. There is no institutional anti-Semitism in Sweden. Among the vast majority of Swedes anti-Semitism provokes the same revulsion as all other forms of racism do. There are exceptions, however. One may safely discount the oddballs on the extreme Right – there are few people in Swedish society who would […]

Swedish independence in jeopardy

Who sets the political agenda in Sweden? And who actually holds the reins of power? A large number of Swedish Muslims, backed up by extremist supporters flooding in from Denmark, marched through the streets of Malmö in southern Sweden shouting the notorious Muslim battle-cry ”Khaiber, Khaiber ya yahud, ya’ish Muhammad saufa ya‘ud” (Khaiber, Khaiber, Oh […]

Not the cause

The following article was published in the English-language Egyptian weekly Al-Ahram, no. 937, 5-11 March 2009.Source: Al-Ahram, Egypthttp://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2009/937/letters.htm Sir– ‘Piecing the jigsaw‘ ( Al-Ahram Weekly, 26 February-4 March) was a revealing and disturbing piece of analysis. Not because the article was in any way incorrect but rather because it was so very correct. The bombing […]

Swedish democracy falters on stony ground in Malmö

Saturday 7 March will see 10,000 rabid anti-democrats streaming into the centre of Malmö in southern Sweden. Their mission: to demonstrate their dissatisfaction with the fact that the Swedish government allowed four Jews from Israel to compete in the internationally acclaimed Davis Cup tennis tournament – a tournament that has played host to such stars […]

Palestinian, Israeli – and Jew

Daniel Barenboim makes some remarkable comments in his article in the International Herald Tribute of Jan 30, 2008, entitled “Israeli and Palestinian”. What he fails to do is to anchor these comments in either fact or logic.Having immigrated from Argentina, he is of course entitled to refer to himself as an Israeli and a Palestinian […]

Convoluted Swedish politics impacting the Israeli political scene

Dusted-off Swedish politician and Foreign Minister Carl Bildt is mixing it up in Israel. He’s where he best likes to be – under the spotlight. Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt recently addressed the Herzliya Conference and, speaking to journalists on the subject of Iran, said: “A military option doesn’t exist. You can only delay” Iran’s […]

Supremacist racism alive and well in South Africa. Muslim supremacist racism, that is

Professor Hussein Solomon is a frightening figure. Here is someone claiming to have an academic background who expresses views that border on blatant racism. He writes in the Jerusalem Post in the context of the Israeli-Palestinian dilemma that “as … Muslims it is right that we feel the pain of the Ummah…”. The good professor […]