Sunday, October 31, 2010

Inhumane Swedish Slaughter of Rabbits Acceptable, But Kosher Slaughter Illegal

Sweden, a country which prides itself on its progressive policies, has recently been rocked by the exposure of cruel and inadequate government policy regulating the slaughter of rabbits. Basically, the only legal method of rabbit slaughter, using a bolt gun, results in about one-third fail rate. This means that despite being shot in the head, the bunnies are still alive and must be shot again to finally kill them.  This is bad enough, but given that the overwhelming majority of sensory receptors in rabbits are located in the head makes Swedish mandatory use of the bolt gun even crueler.  

A graphic video showing the brutal slaughter method ran on Swedish Television’s Rapport, and generated outrage among many viewers at seeing such a thing so near to the dinner hour.  Yet the trend is that Swedes are consuming an increasing amount of rabbit meat.

Dinner, however, is not the only destination of brutalized bunnies in Sweden.  As documented a little over a year ago in the Local in an article entitledStockholm's bunnies burned to keep Swedes warm”
-“The bodies of thousands of rabbits culled every year from the parks in Stockholm’s Kungsholmen neighbourhood are being used to fuel a heating plant in central Sweden.”
Many of these rabbits are pets whose owners have tired of them and simply dump the bunnies in public parks where they eat the flowers, reproduce, and become pests. The solution:

-“Animal control authorities employ a special rifle to shoot the excess rabbits, with most of the culling taking place at dawn when the animals peek out from their holes.”

Here again we have what must be inhumane kills—if a confined rabbits in slaughter house have a failed kill rate of 30%, what must the fail rate be for those hopping around loose in the park? It’s probably about as bad as the animals hunted in Sweden’s wilderness areas, by both tourists and native Swedes. Sweden is a prime destination for hunters. A Google search turns up quite a number of pricey vacation packages for hunters who want to pursue game in Sweden’s northern wilderness, shooting a variety of  birds, deer , elk, wild boar, beavers, fox, etc.

This from the Swedish Association for Hunting and Wildlife Management (Svenska Jägareförbundet) website :

-“Hunting is a popular sport in Sweden. There are almost 300,000 hunters, of whom nearly 200,000 have chosen to join the Svenska Jägareförbundet. “

Despite the fact that shooting animals for sport or convenience is commonly accepted practice in Sweden, Sweden is the only EU member nation to prohibit kosher slaughter.  Allegedly this is for “humanitarian reasons”, yet as we have seen, humanitarian principles do not guide the shooting of rabbits and wild animals in Sweden. This certainly contravenes the EU directive, that the animals are spared any avoidable pain or suffering.”

Although no slaughter method is aesthetically pleasing, the point of kosher slaughter is to kill the animals as painlessly as possible with only one knife cut.  The same EU legislation cited above recognizes kosher slaughter as an acceptable alternative practice.

Mikael Tossavainen in his article Jewish-Muslim Relations in Sweden” notes:

-“Sweden has a longstanding ban on the religious slaughter of cattle. This ban is generally uncontroversial in Sweden, and the Animal Protection Act stands against the constitutionally guaranteed freedom of religion. ...The protection of animals (italics mine) has so far prevailed over any attempts to have the ban on shechita and halal slaughter lifted.”

Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld, in his book  Behind the Humanitarian Mask, notes that in Germany, kosher slaughter
-“was prohibited only during the Nazi period. In Norway, however, the ban was introduced three years before the Nazis took power in Germany and continues till today, whereas Muslim ceremonial slaughter (hallal) is permitted. Compassion for animals does not explain the ban on shechita [kosher slaughter], since hunting is permitted and popular in Norway...[and] hunted prey often suffers a much slower and more painful death than in Jewish ritual slaughter.”
Clearly the ban on kosher slaughter in Norway is driven not by humanitarianism, but by anti-Semitism.

Given that animal protection has been shown to be largely a sham in Sweden, and capitulation to its Muslim population is becoming increasingly the modus operandi for politicians such as the Social Democrats, how long will Sweden continue to uphold a ban on hallal slaughter? The issue is not the humane aspect of hallal slaughter, but whether Sweden’s next step will be to imitate Norway, and allow Muslims to practice hallal slaughter in Sweden, while continuing to ban kosher slaughter—à la Quisling.

This post was written by Chanah Shapira. Thanks to Dorit Jacobson for animal physiology pointers.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Daily Shootings in Malmö: The Violence Continues…

Lately shootings have become part of everyday life for the citizens in Sweden’s southern city of Malmö. During the last week, shootings have been reported almost daily and the police are still clueless as to who the perpetrator (or perpetrators) of these horrid crimes may be.
So far the victims of Malmö’s recent shootings have been restricted to individuals of foreign background, yet the shootings have not been concentrated to particular parts of the city. While the victims all have been first- or second-generation immigrants there is no further known connection between the victims—except that they have been unfortunate enough to fall victim to a violent perpetrator. The media is already talking about a second “Laser Man” (laser mannen), as the shootings are reminiscent of a serial killer who committed a series of shootings with the aid of a laser gun sight in Sweden during the 1990s.

According to journalist Gellert Tamas, author of the bestselling book Lasermannen – en berättelse om Sverige (The Laser Man – A Story About Sweden), there are several similarities to the recent shootings in Malmö and that of John Ausonius, also known as the “Laser Man”. At the time Ausonius the political party Ny Demokrati (New Democracy) had just managed to get into the Swedish government. This is a political feat recently accomplished by the controversial Sweden Democrats. Both of the parties were labeled as immigrant-hostile and were known for holding racist views, views which, ironically, the “Laser Man” admitted identifying with.

Gellert, who works as a journalist, noted that;

“Ausonius felt supported, that people stood behind him. He also felt a political support from New Democracy but also from other immigrant-hostile parties such as the Sweden Democrats”.

In addition to the possibility of racially-motivated crime, there may also be an element of gang revenge; this would be an extension of the immigrant violence which has been reported at length in this blog. In fact, one “former” gang leader vowed that “ex” gang members would take the law into their own hands and kill the shooter. As the reporting and the pattern of incidents have been less than clear (including at least one fake shooting), multiple scenarios are possible, all of which point to a growing lawlessness in Malmö.

Not surprisingly, the continuous upswing of violence in Malmö has attracted more attention for Sweden in the international media. No doubt some of this attention is sensationalist, as there seems to be a repetition of frightening, somewhat random shootings. Yet some attention is due also to the increasing attention Sweden is getting in the media as a prime example of the “multi-kulti” paradigm breaking down in Europe. Some of the newspapers which write about Malmö as a downward-spiraling city are:

the German der Spiegel and die Welt, UK-based Guardian and the US-based Washington Post. The Israeli newspaper Yediot Ahronot also decided to run a piece on Malmö this past week.

Following are descriptions of some of the most recent shootings where people have been injured:

Oct 23: A tailor hears shot outside his store and goes outside to see what is going on. Once outside he is head-butted by an unknown man.

October 21: Two women are injured when a shot is fired through a window in the Kroksbäck neighborhood. The women are only lightly injured.

October 20: Two men, 22 and 29-years-old are shot in the Lindängen neighborhood.

October 19: A 28-year-old man is shot in the back at a bus stop.

October 16: A man is shot in the shoulder during the night between Friday and Saturday at the Barcelona bar in Malmö.

It is evident that Malmö now is a city far away from the peaceful associations that most people have when they think about Sweden. The fact that Malmö has started on a downward-spiraling cycle of violence was already evident at the beginning of the year when Jewish families were attacked. Yet as this blog predicted “Jews might be the first, but they are never the last”…

Click here for a map outlining all the recent shootings in Malmö (descriptions in Swedish).

Monday, October 25, 2010

Merkel Admits that the Emperor Has No Clothes

The political trend in the last year or so in Europe and the UK has been an increase in support for nationalistic parties. A common thread among these groups is the call for an end to the slavish devotion to left-wing policies of open immigration and accompanying welfare policies.  These nationalist voices have been gaining ground in Sweden as well, with the Sweden Democrats receiving nearly 6% of the votes in the recent elections. This is a first win for what is termed an extreme right-wing party and a loss for the leftist Social Democrats.
Last week‘s address by German Chancellor Angela Merkel represents another watershed event. In her speech, Merkel broke ‘politically correct” taboos when she stated that "This (multicultural) approach has failed, utterly failed." It’s important to point out that Merkel is referring to the Germans’ importation of guest workers—and the idea that they would be a temporary population living side-by-side with the native population. But they weren’t temporary, and Germany failed to integrate these mostly Muslim workers into German society and culture.
If the German importation of labor was an “utter failure”, how can we term the immigration policy in Sweden, which is mostly based not on needed labor imports, but on “refugees”, many of whom immediately pass into the welfare system, without providing labor? Unemployment statistics for the Swedish immigrant community show unemployment rates of 80% overall and up to 90% for young men ages 18-25.  
It is obvious that in Sweden paid unemployment removes motivation and cultivates dependency. It also follows that without work these large numbers of unemployed individuals are in no way compelled to integrate. Even those conducting basic jobs have to acquire the local language, but those who sit home barely need Swedish language skills, let alone the education to make them employable. If Germany’s integration policies resulted in utter failure, Sweden’s policies can arguably be called dangerous delusions which would best be abandoned, and the sooner the better. So far one of the dangerous products made by this unintegrated population is a rising statistic for anti-Semitic hate-crime in Sweden.
Commentators have noted that Merkel’s comments perhaps come on the heels of party pressure to tow a more conservative line, and that these were mere words. Nonetheless, Merkel has broken a taboo in saying that integration is not working.  Perhaps this will help those in Sweden who are still clinging to their delusions to let go and move forward.
Merkel also made an important point which is critical for the preservation of European democratic values :
"Now we obviously also have Muslims in Germany. But it's important in regard to Islam that the values represented by Islam must correspond with our constitution."

This is also an important point for Swedes—that Swedish society has values which are worth preserving, and that is why integration is crucial. Lack of the Democratic and human values which define Western civilization are the reasons immigrants have left their native countries.  If our Western society loses these principles, where will we go?
Post Written By: Chanah Shapira

Friday, October 22, 2010

Sweden Becomes Key Arms Provider for the World’s Worst Dictatorships

Sweden, along with the US, UK, France and China, has recently begun signing massive weapon deals with Saudi Arabia in order to “stabilize the region”. In Sweden, Saab has agreed to become one of the key providers of weapons to one of the worst dictatorships in the world.
Last Monday Peter Rådberg, the Green Party’s defense policy spokesperson, told the TT news agency that instead of arming the worst dictatorship in the world Sweden instead should focus on buying food. Rådberg’s strong reaction came in response to the fact that the Swedish-based Saab has decided to close a whopping arms deal with the Saudis worth 4.5 billion kronor ($669 million) for a Saab-produced advanced early warning radar system to Saudi Arabia.  
As reported in the Local, the Swedish Agency for Non-Proliferation and Export Controls (Inspektionen för strategiska produkter - ISP) recently disclosed “that Saudi Arabia received arms shipments from Sweden as recently as August this year.  Swedish military products were also sent to Saudi Arabia in March, April and May.
The exports in August and March were classified as combat material, which could include missiles, rockets, torpedoes, bombs, etc.”
As noted in today’s online edition of the southern newspaper Sydsvenskan, authors Erik Magnusson and Hassan Ammar seem to be more interested in why Israel has not opposed the massive deal that Saudi Arabia most probably will close with the US. The article reads: “The US makes sure to involve Israel in their goal towards stabilization. The government in Washington lets the Israelis buy warfare materiel which is more modern then of what is sold to Arab neighboring countries… this is one of many reasons as to why Israel doesn’t oppose the US record order from the Saudi armed forces.”.
If the US congress approves of the arms deal with the Saudis, the deal will be the most beneficial one ever closed in the US. It is expected that by arming Saudi Arabia the US will make a profit of 60 billion dollars and at the same time create some 75,000 new jobs.
It is known that Sweden helped to arm Germany with steel during World War II. Now we have proof that it also aims to help arm Saudi Arabia—one of the world’s worst dictatorships. The Saudis’ record on women’s rights, lack of religious freedom, and the fact that outside the country’s oil-soaked elite there is a population that is both poor and illiterate, all point to a dismal and oppressive regime.
While Sweden claims to be a small and neutral country far from conflict, it seems that with its huge new arms deal with Saudi Arabia, to have desires of playing with the big boys in the international arms sales arena.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Rupert Murdoch: Malmö Mayor Reepalu Plays a Part in the “War against the Jews”

Today’s Jerusalem Post ran an excellent op-edby none other than media mogul Rupert Murdoch—most widely known as the owner and corporate head of Fox News and Sky News.  In an edited text of his address at a recent Anti-Defamation League event, Murdoch cited modes of anti-Semitism which we have seen in recent history: conventional warfare in WWII, terrorist warfare, and, most recently, the war of delegitimization which has been waged against Israel. 
-“The battleground is everywhere: the media, multinational organizations, NGOs. In this war, the aim is to make Israel a pariah.

The result is the curious situation we have today: Israel becomes increasingly ostracized, while Iran – a nation that has made no secret of wishing Israel’s destruction – pursues nuclear weapons loudly, proudly, and without apparent fear of rebuke.”
For Murdoch, one of the most disturbing elements of this latest attack against Israel and the Jews—and Murdoch clearly sees these as integrally linked—is the acceptance among academic and political elites of anti-Israel and anti-Semitic canards.  This, in tandem with rising levels of Muslims immigrant violence, presents a worrying picture:
-“Far from being dismissed out of hand, anti-Semitism today enjoys support at both the highest and lowest reaches of European society – from its most elite politicians to its largely Muslim ghettoes. European Jews find themselves caught in this pincer.”
As the prime example of state-endorsed Israel delegitimization, Murdoch lists Sweden:
-“Sweden, for example, has long been a synonym for liberal tolerance. Yet in one of Sweden’s largest cities, Malmo, Jews report increasing examples of harassment. When an Israeli tennis team visited for a competition, it was greeted with riots. So how did the mayor [Ilmar Reepalu] respond? By equating Zionism with anti-Semitism – and suggesting that Swedish Jews would be safer in his town if they distanced themselves from Israeli actions in Gaza.”
Despite Reepalu’s accusations, rising rates of hate crime in Sweden and across Europe are driven not by Jews, but by its Muslim immigrant population, including:
-“the most egregious attacks on Jewish people, Jewish symbols, and Jewish houses of worship...Unfortunately, far from making clear that such behavior will not be tolerated, too often the official response is what we’ve seen from the Swedish mayor [Reepalu]– who suggested Jews and Israel were partly to blame themselves.

When Europe’s political leaders do not stand up to the thugs, they lend credence to the idea that Israel is the source of all the world’s problems – and they guarantee more ugliness. If that is not anti-Semitism, I don’t know what is.”
Well said, Mr. Murdoch—and we also have to agree that unless the problem is seen for what it is, the world will not be able to meet the dangers that most certainly lie ahead. This is a lesson that we wish Malmö’s mayor would learn. We hope that the World Mayor 2010 competition passes up  Reepalu—for both his incompetence and his collaboration in the war against the Jews of his own city.
 By: Chanah Shapira

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Reepalu Put Malmö on the Map As Europe’s Most Anti-Semtic Town: -Now He’s Nominated for “World’s Best Mayor”.

Recently Malmö’s Mayor, Ilmar Reepalu, was nominated as a contender in the “World Mayor 2010” competition, along with 25 other international candidates. During the last year Reepalu has made a number of controversial statements all of which can easily be construed as semi- to truly anti-Semitic. Now, the Simon Wiesenthal Center rightly demands Reepalu’s disqualification in the contest.
The World Mayor Homepage notes proudly that the winners of previous awards have been mayors “with the vision, passion and skills to make their cities incredible places to live in, work in and visit. This seems quite laughable as Mayor Reepalu—as a result of his arguably anti-Semitic statements—has contributed to putting Malmö on the map as the most anti-Semitic town in Europe. In addition, the barely controlled riots and car-burnings which have rocked Malmö since 2009 make Malmö memorable, but not in a way which would inspire the World Mayor contest.  An objective look at Reepalu’s ineptitude makes it seem rather unlikely that Reepalu would qualify for a place on a list of competent candidates.
The recent Reepalu scandals started in 2009 when Israel was to meet Sweden in a tennis game in Malmö. Reepalu decided, contrary to Swedish government’s policy, to force a public boycott of the game by allowing the game, but having it played without a crowd. This resulted in major losses for the city of Malmö, and it clearly showed Reepalu’s capabilities to put Malmö on the map as a city of violence and hatred.  
Commenting on the violence against Jewish individuals in Malmö  which was linked to the tennis game, Reepalu said to the Swedish daily “Skånskan” on January 27th:

- "I wish that the Jewish community [in Malmö] distanced itself from Israel's violence against the civil population in Gaza".
This, Reepalu claimed, “would 'cure' hate crimes from happening against them". This is tantamount to saying that the attacked Jews are guilty of the aggression committed against them—the perpetrators being mainly extremist violent Muslims in Malmö.
After that the anti-Semitic scandals kept on coming. During February of this year, when it was discovered that hate crimes against Jews in Malmö had become so prevalent that several Jewish families in the town had decided to leave, Reepalu respondedon February 21st  to the British Telegraph:

- "There haven't been any attacks on Jewish people, and if Jews from the city want to move to Israel that is not a matter for Malmö."
This statement of denial and trivialization resulted in an international outcry and clearly put Malmö on the map as the number one anti-Semitic town in Europe. But this didn’t stop Reepalu from continuing.
During March of this year Reepalu stated in the Danish media that there was an “Israeli lobby” which purposely distorted his statement about anti-Semitism in Malmö. This was highly inappropriate as the “Jewish lobby” is a canard popular with anti-Semites. It also added insult to injury as he had recently met with representatives from the Malmö Jewish community to talk about the rising anti-Semitic atmosphere in the city.
These are just a few out of the string of insults which Mayor Ilmar Reepalu has made in his recent career in Malmö. What is clear is that Reepalu neither has the vision, passion nor skills “to make his city an incredible place to live in, work in and visit.”
It is therefore only right, as 400,000 Jewish families have contended in their support for the Simon Wiesenthal center, that Major Ilmar Reepalu should be disqualified from the list of nominees for “Worlds Best Mayor”.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Failure to Look Immigration Policies in the Face Caused Right Swing in Swedish Elections

Gunnar Sandelin wrote an interesting opinion piece last week in the Swedish daily Svenska Dagbladet (SvD), one which followers of this blog will note is unexpected—both for someone of his background and for the mainstream Swedish press. In his article he claims that the “politically correct” enforced silence regarding problems which arise from Swedish immigration policy is the main cause of the right-wing Sweden Democrats’ success in the recent elections. This stance is especially surprising as Sandelin worked for a decade as social worker in the Swedish welfare system, and then followed that with a career change, working as a reporter with Swedish Television for eight years. 
In his most recent piece, Sandelin remarks that the ordinary Swede in the street feels that he or she is being “deceived” by the “political and media elites”. In his view, the conceptual ideal of a democratic society where ideas are freely expressed has been lost. Instead, Swedes have been intellectually brutalized into political correctness—and now find themselves in a situation where there is almost no room for freedom of expression. Sandelin writes:
- “During the last four years I have been interested in asylum immigration and its consequences. Among other things, I have traveled around with policy makers and activists to several refugee camps, but rarely have I met so many people who are afraid to speak their minds as here at home [in Sweden]. People fall silent when it comes to criticizing the impact of Sweden’s asylum reception policy which has crashed in numerable areas.”
He then cites a number of examples of people who disagree with the politically correct take on immigration issues, or have suffered as a result of not being able to protest the way these issues are handled. In each case the individual has chosen to remain anonymous –all fear that open discussion will result in job loss, social alienation, or make them a target of their ideological opponents.  One doesn’t have to look too far to see that those who buck the system—such as Lars Vilks, for example—pay a heavy price for speaking their minds publically.

Sandelin observes that when “the picture conveyed in the public domain does not match with what you are experiencing in your daily life this creates doubt, frustration and a feeling of being deceived.” This in turn results in a basic distrust of the powers that be, namely the Social Democrats and their political allies.  As a result, the population in Sweden has for the first time voted a party into the government which is defined as “far-right”.  Sandelin does not sympathize with the Sweden Democrats’ agenda; rather, he blames left-wing suppression of ideas for driving a segment of the public into the arms of the opposition.  He feels that open discussion of the critical failures of Sweden’s liberal immigration policies would have prevented the Sweden Democrats’ accession to the government coalition. Inter alia, Sandelin cites a number of  worrying statistics which include the high cost of immigration, the fact that only 7% of immigrants are actually refugees, and that most immigrants have practically no education (nor job skills). As a result, today in Sweden the rate of employment for individuals of working age is about 50%.
Also, almost none of the immigrants reaching Sweden today have valid identification papers.  As noted last week, the recent terror scare in Europe brought to light the fact that Sweden has “a handful” of citizens—immigrants from Muslim countries—who have been training in terrorist camps in Pakistan.  

Sandelin remarks that, “Instead of questioning and listening to what is a big part of people's reality, the political and media elites strenuously sought to educate citizens to ‘correct’ values. That any criticism of multiculturalism and massive immigration, and asylum, relative to population has been dismissed as xenophobia means that we have an almost totalitarian climate where more and more people are scared and thus probably also more prone to dissatisfaction vote.”
In the meantime, the burden which falls on the taxpayer continues to increase as less than half the population supports the rest. And, as we have discussed in numerous prior posts, violence and unrest among immigrant population continue unabated. These things are obvious to the Swedish public, but the political Left and its collaborating friends in the media continue to sugarcoat reality and celebrate multi-culturalism as a utopian ideal.
Unless Sweden’s elites decide to open a dialogue in government and society and really deal with these issues, Sandelin fears that, “Sweden in the future risks becoming an increasingly torn, divided and poor country.” We have to agree—when people spit at you, there’s only so long you can pretend it’s just raining.

By: Chanah Shapira

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Children from Malmö Jewish Community Assaulted

During the weekend the Jewish community in Malmö held a seminar for children at their seminar facility in Höllviken (not far from Malmö). The weekend seminar was spoiled when an angry mob of some 10 youngsters decided to attack the seminar attendees—who were mostly children. The threatening gang was screaming hate slogans including “Heil Hitler”, “Jewi pigs” and “fucking Jews are spoiling Höllviken”. In addition to the anti-Semitic verbal abuse, the gang also trespassed into the privately-owned area in order to damage property.  
The local newspaper Sydsvenskan. reported that the attackers, who were youngsters of about 13-14, accompanied their screaming of anti-Semitic slogans with a number of physical assaults: throwing eggs at the building’s windows and walls, banging windows and throwing trashcans around,
Amongst the participants from the Malmö Jewish community were children from the ages of seven and up. The children were reportedly very frightened by the screaming and the commotion caused by the youngsters.
After the police was called to the spot on Saturday some of the youngsters were questioned and named in order to enable an investigation of the attack, according to statements made by local police chief Kenneth Abrahamson.
As noted in the Sydsvenskan article, the harassments had started Friday evening when some 10 youngsters were banging on the windows of the seminar building and throwing trashcans around. They had been able to trespass the private area by breaking a fence. When the police were alerted the youngsters had left the scene, only to return on Saturday night to continue their violent abuse.
According to chairman of the Malmö Jewish community, Fred Kahn, the majority of participants to the community’s weekend seminar were children.
The pattern of increasing violence against the Jewish community in Malmö hasn’t stopped—even though the growing threat has been acknowledged by the Swedish authorities. Attacks on children can be seen as a further escalation in the current threat against the Malmö Jewish community. 

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Terror Alert à la mode —Sweden Has Euro-Chic and Home-Grown Terror

In the last week we have seen an interesting phenomenon—European countries and the UK have been in selective denial mode regarding the current terror alert.  Following the publication of intelligence regarding a potential large-scale terror threats in Europe and the UK, the English have been pointing out the danger of visiting the Eiffel Tower. In retaliation, the French have been advising tourists that London public transportation is a prime terror target.  Germany has said that they are not really under threat. And so on…
…Which brings us to Sweden, where events are running in much the same way. The Local reports that Sweden ramped up its terror threat alert on Friday. It’s now at the highest it’s been in five years—at level 3 for “elevated” risk.
In addition, Swedes can also not worry about this bit of news—that there are Swedish citizens who have been away at terror camp in Pakistan:
-"We adjudge that it is a question of a handful of people who have travelled there to take part in training camps and to participate in illegal violent acts," said Patrik Peter at the Security Service.
In case anyone hasn’t been paying attention lately, terror organisations have been employing isolated individuals, either immigrants or of immigrant parentage, who carry out solo attacks. In the U.S. these include the Underwear Bomber (British/Nigerian), the Times Square Bomber (U.S. /Pakistani), and the Fort Hood Shooter (U.S./Palestinian descent). Therefore, describing a number of individuals as a mere “handful” is to miss the point completely. In fact, solo efforts slip under the security radar much more easily than group activities, making them less preventable.
Swedish citizens who travel to train as terrorists in an al-Qaeda hotbed cannot be described as successfully integrated into Swedish society. This is an issue which the Local article fails to discuss, and in fact, they even printed this quote from the Swedish Military Intelligence and Security Service:
-"It is a question of a number of individuals in Sweden who have the intention and capacity to carry out attacks against Swedish targets. It is too early to say what motivates these individuals."
What? The folks in the talkbacks section had a field day with this one. How is it possible to work at a governmental intelligence agency and be unable to discover Islamic extremism at Islamist terror training camps? The only possible answer is that the Swedes wish to be like other Europeans—and find terrorism anywhere but at home.
By: Chanah Shapira

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Sweden Democrats Walk Out on Government Inauguration Speech

Today at 2:00 p.m. Sweden’s newly elected minority government was inaugurated in a ceremony in the Storkyrkan church in Stockholm. Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt spoke about the bright future of Sweden and discussed Swedish foreign policy, including policy regarding Israel. During a speech given by bishop Eva Brunne concerning racism and tolerance representatives of the Sweden Democrats decided to walk out.
Among the speakers at the inauguration of the new government were the king of Sweden and Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt. Reinfeldt will continue to lead the Swedish government, this time, however, with a minority representation. The new government will also include some new ministers—this consequently means that others have to leave the government
In his initial speech Reinfeldt spoke about the future of Sweden and what new policies will be adapted during the new governmental term. When speaking about collaboration in the EU and a strong UN he also mentioned when speaking about Israel:
-       That Israel’s settlements must stop but also that Israel have the right to live safely within their borders.

The inaugural ceremony, according to tradition, featured a speech in the Storkyrkan church by the current bishop. When Bishop Anne Brunne delivered her speech and spoke about racism and tolerance towards foreigners the delegation from the Swedish Democrats got up and left the church. Other members of parliament reacted strongly. The leader of the Social Democrats, Mona Sahlin saw it as “childish and immature”. Maria Wetterstrand, leader of the Green Party compared Jimmy Åkesson’s behaviour as to the one of the Iranian’s president.
Others such as leader of the Christian Democrats, Göran Hägglund, stated:
-It is highly inappropriate to act like this. What the bishop talked about was all people’s equal worth, and to leave your seat on this stage and march out, like they did demonstratively, shows what their basic views are”.
The Moderates group leader in the government, Anna Kinberg Batra also said she felt that the behavior of the Sweden Democrats in the church was exaggerated. In an interview she states:
”If you get so provoked when someone talks about all peoples’ equal rights that you get up and leave, you clearly show that you are an extreme party.”

The new government lead by Fredrik Reinfeldt will contain the following ministers:
- Fredrik Reinfeldt,  (M), Prime Minister (as before)
- Anders Borg (M), Finance Minister (as before)
- Carl Bildt M), Foreign Minister (as before)
- Beatrice Ask (M), Minister of Justice (as before)
- Maud Olofsson (C), Enterprise and Energy Minister (as before)- has to leave the post as vice Prime Minister to Jan Björklund (FP).
- Göran Hägglund (KD), Social Minister (as before)
- Jan Björklund (FP), Education Minister (as before) but also as new Vice Prime Minister.
- Sten Tolgfors (M), Defense Minister (as before).
- Tobias Billström (M), Migration Minister (as before)
- Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth (M), Culture and Sports Minister (as before)
- Andreas Carlgren (C), Environment Minister (as before)
- Nyamko Sabuni (FP), Minister of Equality (as before) and deputy Education Minister moves into the education department.
- Gunilla Carlsson (M), Minister of Aid (as before)
- Stefan Attefall (KD), NEW Civil Affairs and Housing Minister
- Ulf Kristersson (M), NEW Social Affairs Minister.
- Hillevi Engström (M), NEW Minister of the Labor Market.
- Erik Ullenhag (FP), NEW Integration Minister and Deputy Labor Market Minister.
- Anna-Karin Hatt (C), NEW IT and Regional Minister as well as deputy Enterprise Minister.
- Peter Norman (M), NEW Minister of the Finance Market
- Catharina Elmsäter-Svärd (M), NEW Minister of Infrastructure.  
- Birgitta Ohlsson (FP), EU Minister (as before)?
- Eskil Erlandsson (C), NEW “landsbygdsminister”- Minister of Rural Areas. (This is a new ministerial post).
- Maria Larsson KD), Minister of Children and Elderly (similar to her old post)
- Ewa Björling (M), Minister of trade (as before)

The new Swedish Government contains 24 Ministers whom 13 are Moderates, 4 from the People’s Party, 4 from the Center Party and 3 from the Christian Democrats. 13 are men and 11 are women.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Israel Supporter Attacked in the Streets of Malmö

Over the weekend a 17-year-old youth was attacked by a 19-year-old man in the streets of Malmö. The reason: the 17-year-old had expressed sympathy for Israel’s right to exist on the Internet.
On Friday afternoon the 17-year-old was stopped in an open street in Malmö where he was punched in the face by the 19-year-old. The 17-year-old is a member of the youth organization for the political party the Christian Democrats. According to the Christian Democrats, the recent attack on one of their active members was the third in a row of assaults since the elections election campaign began this year.
The young man was walking home from school around 4:00 on Friday afternoon when he was stopped by the 19-year-old who asked:
- Are you X (name of the 17-year-old)?
- Yes, answered the 17-year-old.
- Why have you talked trash about Palestine?
- I haven’t.
- Stop lying to me otherwise I’ll punch you in the face.
The 19-year-old then slaps his victim in the face and says:
- I’ve seen it on Facebook.
The 19-year-old then punches the 17-year-old in the faces (with a closed fist) and runs off.
According to local newspaper Sydsvenskan the 19-year-old man was already arrested Saturday morning as he was easily tracked down via Facebook. On the social media website he had threatened the 17-year-old and written “You will die you Jew-lover”.
The 17-year-old, who is an active member of the Christian Democrats, denies that he has been “trash talking” Palestinians. He does, however, admit to publically stating on the internet that he supports Israel’s right to exist. He has also publically criticized Malmö mayor Ilmar Reepalu (who is known for critizising Israel and making controversial statements about Jews).
According to Malmö police spokesman, Mats Attin, the attack was most likely motivated by the young man’s stance in the Israel-Palestinian conflict. It can therefore be concluded that it currently is dangerous to publically and openly admit support for Israel if you are a resident of Malmö.