Swedish lawmaker: government’s stance against Israel is now ‘more extreme’

Swedish lawmaker Kent Ekeroth. Credit: Frankie Fouganthin via Wikimedia Commons.

(JNS.org) Kent Ekeroth, a Jewish member of the Swedish Parliament, on Wednesday accused Sweden’s government of holding Israel to a double standard.

“Sweden has always had misconceptions about Israel, but it has become more extreme,” he told Israel’s Channel 2. “Our government, and especially [Foreign] Minister [Margot] Wallstrom have different standards when it comes to anything related to Israel.”

Wallstrom recently accused Israel of carrying out “extrajudicial executions” against Palestinians. She also blamed the Paris terror attacks on “Palestinian frustration” with Israel. Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, meanwhile, said the ongoing wave of Palestinian stabbing attacks in Israel does not constitute terrorism, but then walked back his comments.

Ekeroth said Sweden would defend any other country, but “because we’re talking about Israel,” Sweden “attacks.”

“Either [Wallstrom] doesn’t know that [the Palestinians] support terrorists or she’s just lying,” said Ekeroth. “The foreign minister is carrying out false propaganda and accuses Israel of everything. It’s amazing she doesn’t understand the logic that Israel is defending itself from terrorists. She’s anti-Israel and tries to defend terrorists.”

Ekeroth recently debated Wallstrom in a Swedish Parliament session, in which he questioned how she could call Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas a friend of peace who has denounced terrorism while there are countless examples of how the PA celebrates terrorist attacks on Israelis. 

Posted on December 9, 2015 .