A little ‘regime’ here and a little ‘apartheid’ there

Just like last time I had a happier post in mind, it will have to wait because I’m furious (again).

The Israeli documentary “Mom and dad, I Have Something to Tell You” (by Assi Azar) was supposed to be screened next week during Stockholm Pride. As it turns out it has now been canceled due to leftist threats.

This is the new Sweden that I live in – the hate toward Israel comes from every imaginable angle. How sad is it that an Israeli gay documentary cannot be screened during a gay pride festival, just because it was made by an Israeli? It’s a shame, a disaster and… well, it’s a joke that the hate toward Israel is stronger than the love for what pride is supposed to be all about.

No pride for me then – the documentary was all I wanted to see during this year’s festival (and my party days are long gone anyway).

Photo credit: private. Me during Stockholm Pride 2010. The t-shirt says, “The Iranian gays (RIP) unfortunately couldn’t make it”.

What else has made me upset recently? Well, for instance I was watching the news on SVT (the national television broadcaster) last Friday, and on a news segment Israel was called a “regime”. Yes, a regime  – the word usually used when talking about a dictatorship. A lot of letters were sent to the broadcaster but they probably won’t reply – at least they never did before (at least not to me).

In these subtle ways the media has been brainwashing the Swedish public for decades. A little “regime” here and a little “apartheid” there. Meanwhile not only ignoring any Palestinian drama towards Israel, but actually glorifying the Palestinians.
No wonder people are confused.

Well, next time I will write a happier post! And maybe a bit spiritual.
I’ll tell you about when I went through a “difficult time” and started seeing Menorahs everywhere…

I just published a new letter on LettersFromIsrael.com: “My story of growing up in Judea and Samaria”. Please submit your own letter!

I was actually asked by the Israeli tourist bureau to blog for/about them during/from Stockholm Pride, but the bureau did not get the permission to participate in the festival. I guess we shouldn’t be surprised.

Update: (After a very intense day on Facebook, Twitter and various blogs) It looks like the screening of the documentary will take place after all. (If so, I will go there and I will let you know all about it.)


About the Author
Kim Milrell da Costa is a Pro-Israel blogger, writer, and activist from Stockholm, Sweden. However he currently resides in a small town in southern Finland. He writes about 'Everything Israel' on his website Israelism.se, and has worked for the World Zionist Organization's Swedish subdivision: The Zionist Federation of Sweden. He is also a news junkie and he cares too much about what's going on in the world. Constantly worried.