There was a Swedish Prime Minister who enjoyed taking dips in the Dead Sea*.
No, it’s not a fairy tale.
Believe it or not, there was a time when relations between Sweden and Israel were good – in the 1950s and 1960s, during Tage Erlander’s tenure as Prime Minister of Sweden.
The Swedish Prime Minister Göran Persson (1996-2006) was also a friend of Israel.
I’m hoping that things will get better once the current government is kicked out of office (which it will be) in the next election. I can’t wait to say bye-bye-now to Margot Wallström.
*Tage Erlander enjoying the Dead Sea.
Take a step back and look at the funny dance of craziness happening right in front of our eyes. The world has lost its mind and whatever little sense it had.
Europe is once again the center stage. The civilized, liberal, we-have-learned-from-our-past-mistakes continent, has once again gone insane.
Jews are told to hide any religious symbols to stay safe, and have to send their kids to schools surrounded by heavily armed police.
Islamist terrorists are shooting people point blank on the streets, and Europe is preparing itself for a new 9/11.
The establishment is terrified of the right wing parties gaining strength all over Europe, and doesn’t realize that they are mainly to blame for them coming to life in the first place. Action causes reaction, remember?
Young women are sexually harassed and raped by gangs of Muslim immigrants, and the media tries to cover it up in order to protect the perpetrators. Slowly the news are finding its way out into the light, and there are reports of similar events taking place in Stockholm last summer: this beautiful Scandinavian city is now officially living up to its reputation as the rape capital of Europe.
I read this, and all I can think of is my soon-to-be-a-teenager niece, and how she is in great danger of being raped because of the inability of the politicians to see the truth and their illogical fear of being politically incorrect. It’s killing me. It’s breaking my heart and it makes me so angry I just want to punch someone really hard (preferably one of the rapists).
Now I ask you to please stop. Think. Breathe. Think again about what I just told you.
Our sisters, mothers, and daughters are being sacrificed. The media is covering it up out of fear to be called racists. Isn’t that just so absurd it’s almost funny? Funny in a dark, evil, heart-wrenching kind of way?
The people of Europe are about to pay a really high price for their governments stupidity. The seismograph has been trembling for a long time, and been ignored just as long. Anyone trying to point out the inevitable has been systematically shunned and silenced.
All to protect men who hate women, and people with a religion that hate the West and our way of life. All in the name of political correctness.
What did you think would happen when you invited the devil for dinner, Europe? And how on earth do you think you’ll be able to fight back if you hide the truth and stick your heads in the sand? Did you think the people would just sit back and enjoy the show? Even the liberal and civilized Europeans will not like having their daughters raped. Trust me. Remember, WW2 is not that far away, and under that polished surface there’s still a fighting spirit. At least I hope so. Or we will all be watching Europe’s funeral very soon – it already has its left foot in the grave.
It has started my friends. The main act is on. The players are ready. We are in for a hell of a ride. A clash between civilizations. In the Middle East, in Europe and in the World. It will be ugly. God save us all.
Oh, and to top that off, The Theatre Of The Absurd today offered a sweet bonus act: the infamous Swedish foreign minister Margot Wallström thinks it’s vital that the act of self-defense, aka Israelis defending themselves from knife-stabbing, car-ramming, shooting Palestinian terrorist murderers, should be looked into as possible extrajudicial killings. Apparently we should also, just like the European women, sit back and enjoy the show. “Just take it and be quiet bitches!”
It. Is. Fucked. Up. (And yes, it’s my blog and I can swear and say whatever I want too. In fact, NOT swearing about this would be insane). And fuck you Ms Wallström AND your coward political ostrich bonnet* wearing cohorts.
*This drawing by Dr. Seuss from WW2 is still valid today. Just exchange Hitler for, well, you know what.
Facebook petition urges Zuckerberg to act on anti-Semitism. Online initiative launched by Swedish Jew gets nearly 17,000 signatures.
Comfort or agony? Facebook fights and friends.
Une pétition contre l’antisémitisme sur Facebook.
פנייה לצוקרברג: הסר התכנים האנטישמיים מפייסבוק
Ten thousand sign petition urging Facebook to remove anti-Semitic pages.
Facebook urged to act on hate.
Upprop kräver att Facebook tar bort antisemitiska inlägg.
Facebook petitioned to stop anti-Semitism
Dear Mr Zuckerberg.
Kritik täckmantel för antisemitism.
Fler manifestationer för Israel utlovas.
Stockholm for Israel: Social Media In Action.
Exclusive: Labour urges Facebook to ‘enforce its own rules’ on anti-Semitism.
Sometimes I think that the rest of the world lives in a parallel universe: a universe where Israel is an apartheid state and where the Palestinians deserve their own country. After all, they are the indigenous people of Israel since, well, the time of the dinosaurs according to themselves. In this parallel universe, knife attacks against Jews are an understandable action by downtrodden Palestinians – in fact, it’s most likely innocent incidents by accident prone Palestinians, tripping and falling with a knife in their hands, and the silly Jews just happened to be in their way. A universe where you are not allowed to protect your citizens in any way, shape or form, and a universe where everything and anything coming out of Israel is evil. “Let’s reward the terrorists and attack the only democracy in the Middle East! It’s the right thing to do! But we’re not anti-Semites, NO NO! (in fact we all have Jewish friends), just a bit critical of the Israeli state, or what we usually call it: the fascist, Zionist regime and country occupying Palestine.”
And then there’s my native country of Sweden. It’s not only like a parallel universe, but standing outside looking in, it’s like watching a small fish bowl, where the fish all of a sudden are acting completely crazy. Of course, inside the bowl, the fish aren’t aware of their abnormal behaviour – what is so clear to everyone looking in, is completely lost on them.
Sweden, the country that likes to call itself a humanitarian super power, who credits itself for welcoming more immigrants a year than most countries, who makes a big deal of being a tolerant and non-racist country, seems to have forgotten one minority living among them: the Jews.
So, what have the crazy fish been up to lately? Today, Monday November 9, is the anniversary of the Kristallnacht – the beginning of the Holocaust. Across Sweden, rallies, in the name and memory of this event, are organised against anti-Semitism, racism, Nazism and anti-Ziganism. Only, many of them forgot the anti-Semitism part. Would you believe me if I told you there will be rallies, where no Jews are allowed? Where the city’s Jewish Congregation are not invited? Yes, you heard that right.
No. Jews. Allowed.
Slowly but surely, this anniversary has been stolen by other groups, who have turned it into a general anti-Racism event, and it’s getting worse every year. There’s nothing wrong with a rally against racism, but why the hell did they have to take OUR event and turn it into THEIRS, when they have 364 other days of the year to choose from? They are spitting on our history and our memories, and all the innocent Jews that were murdered in the Holocaust. It’s a disgrace, and it makes my stomach turn.
The Kristallnacht was a pogrom against Jews throughout Nazi Germany and Austria on November 9-10, 1938, carried out by SA paramilitary forces and non-Jewish civilians. German authorities looked on without intervening. The name Kristallnacht comes from the broken glass that filled the streets after Jewish-owned stores, buildings, and synagogues had their windows smashed. In addition, Jewish homes, schools, hospitals and cemeteries were destroyed and looted. In total over 1,000 synagogues were burned, and over 7,000 Jewish businesses were destroyed or damaged. Hundreds of Jews were murdered, and 30,000 were arrested and incarcerated in Nazi concentration camps. Still, in some event descriptions, Jews are not Jews, but just “people”, synagogues are called “tempels”, and despite thousands of stores and businesses being destroyed, it is described as “a few”. Neither are the fact that so many Jews were murdered or sent to the camps mentioned. In fact, in one event description (with at least 150 words) the word “Jews” isn’t mentioned once: instead there’s talk about recent attacks on refugee camps and mosques in Sweden, and a general mention of vulnerable minorities. In other words, if you don’t know what the Kristallnacht is, you could attend one of these events, without knowing that what happened over 70 years ago, happened to the Jews and no one else. On top of this, when one organiser was confronted, he said that the Jewish Congregation (in this case in Umeå) weren’t invited (you have to sit down for this one!), since this “could cause conflicts or be uncomfortable for the Jews.”
In a time when anti-Semitism is raising its ugly head again, when Jews in Sweden and Europe are afraid to wear a kippah or a Magen David, where you have to pass heavy security in order to attend a service at your synagogue, and when your children’s schools are guarded by the police or armed soldiers – organizers in Sweden decide that an anti-Racist rally should include everyone on the planet except the Jews – and then they use the word Kristallnacht for extra attention.
This is not a new occurrence, it’s been going on for years. I remember attending a separate, quiet memorial with the Jewish Congregation in Gothenburg a few years ago, far away from the noisy anti-Israeli crowd who organized the official rally. Only now is some media starting to pay attention to this, but it’s far from enough. We all know that if Jews had hijacked some memorial from the Muslim minority in Sweden, there would have been headlines in every major newspaper and loud battle cries from the unholy marriage between Islamists, Muslim groups, the far Left, the BDS movement, and whoever else that hates Jews and Israel (quite a few in Sweden it turns out).
Maybe we should have made more noise, and demanded more attention. Maybe it’s about time, that we go out and scream out loud about the unfair, hypocritical treatment of us, the forgotten minority. But we never do. Not sure why. Maybe we assume that things will change, people will wake up, it will get better in time… Wait, this sounds familiar. When did we say this before? Just before the Kristallnacht, right? I guess we didn’t learn from history either.
Now, I don’t care about the fringe people in this parallel universe – as far as I’m concerned, they are a lost cause – but it’s the people that are still stuck in between that we need to reach. This is just one of many injustices happening, just one in a row of events where we are treated like we don’t exist and that we don’t matter. And still, this is just the beginning. Why aren’t we out on the streets demanding to be seen? Where are our battle cries, our protests? Why are we accepting this treatment? Why are we so silent? Are we numb? Used to it?
Listen. Carefully. In 2015, they are excluding Jews from attending the anniversary of the Kristallnacht. Re-read that sentence. Excluded! Not welcome! They’ve hijacked it, just like they did with the word Zionism, that they twisted into meaning something completely different, something fascist and evil. At this point they don’t even bother to hide their anti-Semitism behind words like anti-Zionism anymore, because no one cares – and if they do, they stay quiet. They are spreading the lies, propaganda and re-written history made up by Fatah and Hamas, boycotting Israel, AND they get away with it. Soon the entire country will be Judenrein, but they will still bitch about Israel, the only country in the world where we are not a forgotten minority.
How do we fight back? Is it a lost battle? I can’t even think that. It’s not acceptable. We have to fight! We have to UNITE and fight back. We need to stop being silent and bend our backs. We need to shout out loud. Protest. Make lots of balagan. This is not okay, not even in a parallel universe.
Remember, Am Yisrael Chai are not just words – they have a meaning and it’s about time we show the world this.
(Originally posted on my blog at The Times of Israel, November 9, 2015)
I’m angry. Steaming. Infuriated. Crazy mad. It’s going downhill so fast. The merciless avalanche is growing bigger and stronger, and dragging everyone down with it. Downhill and into the depths of the abyss of fear. This small group has so much power. They have Sweden under a tight grip and the spirit of “Je Suis Charlie” is nowhere to be found. One whisper, one breath and everyone fall on their knees.
Don’t say one good word about Israel. Don’t you dare! If you do, you will hear battle cries from the voices of “Palestinagrupperna”: a small, extreme, active and very loud pro-Palestinian organisation. They will intimidate you, terrorise you, and lecture you about THEIR truth: that the evil Jews stole the ancient land of Palestine from the ancient people the Palestinians, and occupied the Palestinian eternal capital called Jerusalem. Then they will silence you. Quick, easy, like a silent blitzkrieg.
The examples are many and it’s disgusting to watch how spineless Sweden is. No honor. No integrity. Not wanting to take sides, but still do. Just like World War 2. Sweden officially stayed neutral, but still let the Germans and their trains filled with iron go through the north of the country. Iron that helped the Nazi war machine to get stronger. “We are neutral! We are not injecting the drugs but JUST supplying the needles!”
The Swedish company Oatly has stopped buying Vitamin D from their Israeli supplier after pressure from this extremist group. Still they continue to buy products from countries like China, Vietnam, Indonesia and Ethiopia – countries who definitely don’t have a good track record when it comes to human rights.
The Swedish TV 4 has decided to permanently remove an episode of a popular cooking show featuring celebrity chef Tina Nordström, where she travels around Israel. Why? Because she innocently says “Jerusalem is the heart of Israel”.
Shame on you Sweden. I have no respect for you anymore. I agree completely with Margaret Thatcher’s words about our so called neutrality in the war: “Yes, we are better than you. We stood up for what we believed in. Did your people fight against Hitler? No, you didn’t. I say we were better at standing up against tyranny!” Words that are still true today.
I don’t know who you are anymore Sweden, but you’re no longer a country of mine. You have crushed the pride I once felt for being Swedish. You are cowards. You are now on the losing side, the side of evil, and it will take a small miracle for you to climb out of that dark hole you dug for yourself.
Until you do, you can take your pretend democracy, your pretend neutrality and shove it up your stiff Nordic behinds. And I mean that literally.
(Originally posted on my blog at The Times of Israel, March 5, 2015)
A few years ago, in one of many lively discussions with my friends about the rise of anti-Semitism in Europe, and how it seemed to go unnoticed by the media and general public, I remember bursting out: “What needs to happen for people to react? Does someone have to die?”
Sadly, that’s exactly what had to happen, and I still don’t think the European leaders truly realize the danger we are all facing, or truly understand the enemy living within: an enemy that will grow stronger and more brave with every new successful terror attack.
Just like everyone else I was glued in front of the TV on January 11, to watch the rally that took place after the horrific terror attacks in Paris. The display of solidarity, the march of world leaders walking arm in arm, and the millions of people crowding the streets of Paris with signs saying “Je Suis Charlie”, brought tears to my eyes. For a few hours the world was peaceful, all was right and I felt hope for humankind.
Then came the sobering morning after and the realization that nothing had really changed, except for more security, including armed soldiers outside Jewish schools and synagogues. And I started thinking: if Charlie Hebdo hadn’t been attacked, if it had “only” been the killings at the supermarket, would we have seen the same display of solidarity on the streets of Paris? Had we seen millions of signs saying “Je Suis Juif”?
Sadly, I think not. There were no marches when a teacher and three children at a Jewish school in Toulouse were murdered by an Islamist terrorist in 2012. There were no marches when four people were brutally murdered at the Jewish Museum in Brussels in 2014. The fact that the victims were killed because they were Jews, and that they were killed by Islamist terrorists seemed to be of no real importance. Instead, the media and the European leaders seemed, as per usual, more concerned with a potential rise of Islamophobia. “This has nothing to do with Islam” are words I keep hearing after every terror attack, even though this has EVERYTHING to do with Islam. Granted, the terrorists are extremists, but to not acknowledge that these attacks are based in religion is dangerous. Most of the anti-Semitism of today: the hate, the attacks, the harassment, the stereotyping and the killings, are not from the traditional culprits, the Neo-Nazis and other right-wing organizations, but mainly from the Muslim community. And it’s not only from the extreme Islamists: research shows that anti-Semitism is much more present and alive in this community than any other.
This is hard for the Swedes and other Europeans to deal with: one minority being responsible for terrorizing another minority. Hence the need to always warn for Islamophobia when talking about anti-Semitism. Hence the need to ask Jews to distance themselves from Israel since this will otherwise cause more friction. Hence the offensive questioning on a radio show where the Israeli Ambassador to Sweden, Isaac Bachman, was asked: “Aren’t the Jews partly to blame for anti-Semitism?”.
It took a terror attack of non-Jews for people to react and realize that this was now also concerning them and the way of life we love so much: democracy, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, equal rights and an open free society. Even the “stick-our-heads-in-the-sand-of-denial-so-we-stay-protected-from-all-evil-in-the-world” Swedes woke up, at least partly, to smell the coffee, when Copenhagen was attacked on February 14. Even so, and despite beautiful words by French Prime Minister Manuel Valls and Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, I can’t help but feel that it’s just a little too late. This problem didn’t arise overnight, it’s been going on for years, and sadly, as I suspected, it would take people dying in order for the establishment to wake up.
In the aftermath of the terror attacks in Copenhagen, a “Ring of Peace” rally was held outside the synagogue in Oslo. A nice gesture and a real feel good story. But I wonder, will you stand out there every week? Will you still stand out there to protect “your brothers and sisters” when things get worse (and they will)? Will your beautiful words of solidarity have any real substance if there’s an attack, or will they disperse in the wind just like your support? Will you take up arms with us and for us, to protect us and fight for us? Or is it all just pretty words to make you feel better about yourselves?
What will you do if I show up with an Israeli flag? Will you still stand strong in the ring of peace and ask me to join, or will you ask me to leave? Jews are leaving Europe for Israel due to anti-Semitism, while Europeans blame Israel for the rise in anti-Semitism and tell Jews they have to distance themselves from the only Jewish State in the world, and the only country where we can truly be free. Why is your solidarity, your ring of peace, only there to protect the Jews who you perceive as good: the very few who don’t support Israel?
This weekend there was yet another “Ring of Peace” rally outside the synagogue in Stockholm. My Facebook news feed today was flooded by pictures and words of how beautiful it was to stand united and having Muslims, Christians and others show support for the Jewish Community. I agree, it was a beautiful initiative, but once again, will they still be there tomorrow? Will it stop the terror attacks? Will heavily armed police officers no longer be needed in Sweden to protect us?
It reminds me of the Swedish Kippah Walks, for Jews right to wear religious symbols without fear (I wrote about it here), that didn’t allow any Israeli flags to be waved “because then no Swedish politicians will show up”. One of the main speakers at this event was the Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, the same Prime Minister whose government just a few months ago recognized the so-called “State of Palestine” and whose sister party is Fatah: the same “country” who are led by terrorists who are determined to annihilate all Jews and wipe Israel off the map.
The Prime Minister ended his speech with these famous words from Sophie Scholl: ”How can we expect righteousness to prevail when there is hardly anyone willing to give himself up individually to a righteous cause.” And I wonder, where are your actions behind these words? Did you think about these words when you chose not to stand by Israel or denounce the hate and anti-Semitic slurs that flooded your Facebook wall during Operation Protective Edge last summer? Did you think about those words when you shook Mahmoud Abbas hand a few weeks ago? The hand that belongs to a man whose words incite terror attacks in Israel and whose party recently posted a photo of skulls of dead Jews on their official Facebook page when celebrating their 50th anniversary.
I’m an idealist, and I truly wish that this world was a better place filled with love, peace and understanding. But I’m also a realist, and no matter how much I wish this was enough, I know that you can’t fight these murderous Islamist thugs and other extremists, with words of love. And you can’t fight an assault rifle with a lit candle of hope. It will only make a difference for the people attending these events, warming their hearts, making them feel good and united, and afterwards they can go home feeling like they’ve made a difference.
But the military will still be there tomorrow. The people wanting to kill us are still out there and growing in numbers.
In the end we have to remind ourselves that, no matter how many rings of peace or love-bombing of synagogues or pretty words from politicians, European Jews now live in societies that are no longer free. The Jews are the only ones fleeing Europe and the only ones needing protection. It’s not acceptable, it will not get better and we can’t let ourselves get used to this reality. The time has come when we will have to fight back. For real. Or just abandon the sinking ship called Europe.
Leaving you with these words by Mordechai Anielewicz (leader of ŻOB, Warsaw Ghetto Uprising in 1943): “The most difficult struggle of all is the one within ourselves. Let us not get accustomed and adjusted to these conditions. The one who adjusts ceases to discriminate between good and evil. He becomes a slave in body and soul. Whatever may happen to you, remember always: Don’t adjust! Revolt against the reality!”
(Originally posted on my blog at The Times of Israel, February 28, 2015)