Thursday, September 3, 2015

Sweden: Politicians fighting "Judaization" of Jerusalem

Via Jerusalem Post:
A new anti-Israeli organization has emerged in Sweden. But unlike other anti-Israeli organizations that are grassroots movements consisting mainly of Arabs, the “Jerusalem Committee” consists of Swedish politicians inspired by the extreme hostility toward Israel in the Arab world.

In the annual report of the Jerusalem Committee, from 2012, one can read that the initiative for the formation of the Jerusalem Committee was based on the Swedish participation in the Arab League’s International Conference on Jerusalem in Doha between February 26-28, 2012, where the participants from Sweden were major Swedish politicians like Kerstin Lundgren, foreign policy spokeswoman for the Center Party of Sweden, and Veronica Palm, a member of the Swedish parliament and one of the important names in the Social Democratic Party.

The International Conference on Jerusalem in Doha was hostile to Israel, with the participation of extreme anti-Israeli organizations like Neturei Karta. The purpose of the conference was to condemn Jewish presence in Jerusalem. In the final declaration of the conference the “Judaization” of Jerusalem was criticized. The host of the conference was the Qatari dictator Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani. Being hosted by a dictator did not seem to be an issue for the Swedish politicians who were protesting against Jewish presence in Jerusalem.

This conference inspired the Swedish participants to create the Jerusalem Committee with the purpose of “raising the issues of Jerusalem and the Palestinian people’s situation during the occupation.”


One of the politicians on the board of the Jerusalem Committee today is Marie Granlund, member of parliament and group leader for the Social Democrats in the Swedish parliaments’ Committee on European Union Affairs. The Jerusalem Committee continues to be a hub where major Swedish politicians who support an extreme anti-Israeli agenda can gather. What is more worrying is that the Facebook page of the Jerusalem Committee spreads links to sites with anti-Semitic content like Iranian Press TV and Swedish Fria Tider.   more

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