Antisemitic graffiti painted outside a Stockholm school. Photo: Calle Nathanson via Twitter.
A major Jewish human rights organization turned up the pressure on Sweden on Wednesday with a letter to its prime minister demanding a different attitude towards the Jewish state and its response to terrorism.
“We urge you to ensure that official Swedish statements demonstrate respect for, and knowledge of, Israel’s proven commitment to the rule of law, support for its security challenges, even as it faces armed threats on a scale which Sweden is fortunate not to know,” wrote Anti-Defamation League CEO and national director Jonathan A. Greenblatt.
Greenblatt was responding to Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström, who criticized Israel’s response to the random stabbings, car-rammings and shootings which have been convulsing the country for months as possible “extrajudicial killings,” a claim an Israeli Foreign Ministry official told The Algemeiner played into the hands of Palestinian incitement.
“Sweden is joining the worst Palestinian incitement suggesting Israel is randomly shooting innocent Palestinians in the streets and planting knives in their hands to frame them,” the official said.
Palestinian officials have claimed that Israel has deliberately killed some Palestinians and planted weapons in their hands to fabricate attacks. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas erroneously claimed that Israelis had executed a teenage stabber in October, who was later found to be alive and receiving medical treatment at an Israeli hospital.
“We take no pleasure in the growing perception of Sweden as a country with unfriendly policies for Jews and the Jewish State,” wrote Greenblatt. “The sad reality is that today, Sweden is more known for Malmo’s Jews fleeing anti-Semitism, for blood libels and comparisons of Israel to the Nazis in its newspapers, for counterproductive recognition of Palestine as a state, and increasingly for Foreign Minister Margot Wallström’s offensive statements on Israel.”