To Sweden: no state can be built on hate

In Sweden we now have a minister who was an activist on board one of the ships in the Mavi Marmara flotilla, an initiative partly initiated by the Turkish organisation IHH that is considered a terror organisation in Israel.

And that’s not all. Not only did the same minister, Mehmet Kaplan of the Green Party, recently compare jihadi terrorists on a crusade from Europe to al Sham (Syria and Iraq) to Swedes who assisted the Finns against the Russians in the Winter War, the new Swedish minister of housing and urban planning has also promised pro-Palestinian demonstrators the ”liberation” of Jerusalem by proclaiming ”We will liberate Jerusalem” during a demonstration this summer.

The Swedish minister is not alone in talking about ”the liberation” of Jerusalem. There are many famous or rather infamous people who have wanted to ”liberate” Jerusalem.The pope Urban II initiated the crusades to the Holy land stating that ”she (Jerusalem) seeks for it and desires to be liberated”. The ”liberation” meant the slaughter of Jews, Muslims and Christians already living in the Holy land. The Jerusalem grand mufti, Sheikh Akram Sabri, appointed by the Palestinian Authority (PA) has said: ”Jerusalem is under occupation and the Muslims of the world  should  liberate it by Jihad and put it under Islamic and Arabic Authority. The Jihad is not just a war jihad – we are talking about all means to get back Jerusalem” .

The terrorist leaders of Iran and Hamas  constantly talk about ”the liberation” of Jerusalem. A person who starts talking about ”liberating” Jerusalem is not in a good, peaceful and democratic company that’s for sure.

New minister of housing Mehmet Kaplan proclaiming  "We will liberate Jerusalem" photo:Tobias Petersson
New minister of housing Mehmet Kaplan proclaiming “We will liberate Jerusalem”        photo:Tobias Petersson

Well Sweden now has a government consisting of the Green Party and the Social Democrat’s both supporting the Swedish Ship to Gaza movement and the BDS-campaign against Israel. Sweden, as already mentioned, also has the very first minister that just months before he was chosen to be a minister proclaimed ”we will liberate Jerusalem”. This is probably the most anti-Israel government Sweden has ever had.

So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the Swedish government in one of its first statements announces that Sweden will be the very first EU-member state that will recognise a Palestinian State.

Sweden risks giving recognition to a state where the terror organisation Hamas is still active and gaining more and more popularity. Today over 60% of the Palestinian Arab population want Ismail Haniyeh, the leader of Hamas, to rule the entire Palestinian Authority, according to a recent survey. Hamas wants the destruction of Israel.

During the years Hamas has digged terror tunnels into Israel in order to abduct Israeli civilians and it has attacked Israel with thousands of rockets without any Israeli provocation to ignite these attacks more than the very fact  that  Israel exists. The only fuel the rockets need is the racist anti-Semitic hate propaganda the population receives from early childhood to early death as a martyr, a suicide bomber and a jihad warrior. There are peaceful people in Gaza and Ramallah too but they are a suppressed minority. Our Western politicians never reach out to them. The hate propaganda that keeps them a minority is possible because countries in the West like Sweden turn a blind eye to it. Sweden is only affected by the anti-Israel propaganda many times controlled by Hamas which only let us see Palestinian children as victims and makes Sweden forget the responsibility of the adult Hamas terrorists responsible for the casualties. As the Palestinian Arabs are only viewed as victims they (or rather their authorities) receive funding and support from the EU which is the biggest and most important  donor to the PA. Even though the PA  and its unity government was said to rule both the Palestinian territories in Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) and the Gaza strip it did nothing to end the recent war in Gaza. The European and Swedish support and funding continue.

Sweden risks giving recognition to a state built on hate. That the PA is built on hate is why Sweden and the rest of the world have seen almost no progress in democratic development and state building in the PA. Instead Sweden receives individuals seeking asylum in Sweden due to that in the PA there is a lack of democracy,  lack of freedom of speech, lack of freedom of love and no real freedom of religion.

Our new foreign minister Margot Wallström says we (the world) have been talking about the two-state solution for 20 years without seeing that that solution has become the reality. What the members of our government must understand is first of all that a two state solution where one state is built on hate will never work, as a state based on hate will never become a democratic state that has peace with its neighbour. Hate only has the capacity to destroy human life and persecute minorities. This hate, nurtured  by the financial funding European democracies provide  the Palestinian Authority with almost unconditionally, eventually could destroy the only democratic state in the Middle East and not create a second one.  Secondly the members of our government must understand that Jerusalem, the capital of Israel, needs no ”liberation” nor partition. Jerusalem is free and open to all faiths and even to gay pride parades.

If Sweden would recognise an undemocratic Palestinian state with no genuine understanding and respect for human rights and coexistence with its Jewish neighbour, Sweden risks sending a very worrying message back to Europe: That anti-Semitism and a policy of  suppressing democratic rights pay off. That worries me and should certainly worry every politician in Europe and the world.

The US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said, Sweden’s decision to recognise a Palestinian state is premature. It is not only premature, it is dangerous.

About the Author
Tobias Petersson is a Swedish freelance writer who has focused on Israel and the MENA region. He came to Israel first in 2007 for a summer vacation and learned much. Soon after his return to Sweden he was suddenly aware of the anti-Israeli sentiments in his country and decided he wanted to change that. He has published articles about Israel in various Swedish and Israeli media to make the distance between Israel and Sweden less. Today Tobias is active in the Swedish pro-Israel network Perspektiv på Israel/Perspective on Israel.