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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Sweden has a long history of funding anti-Semitic NGO's

Gerald Steinberg reports that Sweden has a long history of funding anti-Semitic NGO's (non-governmental organizations).
An NGO Monitor research report on Swedish government funding, published on June 29 2009, documented this pattern in detail, and warned of the incitement and anti-Semitic language being used routinely by these organizations. This systematic study examined over 20 major NGOs funded through the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), Diakonia, the multi-national NGO Development Center (NDC), and the Swedish Mission Council (SMR).

Many of these NGOs routinely accuse Israel of "genocide," "ethnic cleansing," and "apartheid," and some compare Israeli military and political officials to Nazis. This propaganda warfare is waged through the fa├žade of "research" reports which routinely quote Palestinian "testimonies," taken and repeated without question. The path from this demonization to the blood libels of Aftonbladet is short and direct.

The Palestinian Medical Relief Society (PMRS), run by Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi, and receiving funds from the SMR framework, is a prominent example. Barghouthi referred to the Gaza conflict as a "horrendous massacre," and used terms like "ghetto," and "apartheid" on a radio program. PMRS refers to the security barrier as the "apartheid wall," and claimed that Israel employs a "racist ideology" and inflicts "collective punishment" on the Palestinians.

Similar language is found in the publications and statements of the radical Israel-based Alternative Information Center (AIC), which received 300,000 Krona ($42,000) in 2008, Palestinian-based Al Haq (SEK 3 million, as part of Diakonia's IHL program), and Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (SEK 900,000). The central role of PHR-I officials in the campaigns accusing Israeli doctors of torture and other forms of heinous immorality, resulted in a decision by the Israel Medical Association to sever relations.

SIDA money also goes to the Women's Affairs Technical Committee (WATC), Palestinian Medical Relief Society (PMRS), and Jerusalem Center for Women (JWC), which demonize Israel with the rhetoric of "apartheid," "ethnic cleansing," and "massacres." This language is repeated in NGO reports and and press statements, which are then reprinted in the media and amplified in the United Nations Human Rights Council.
Read the whole thing (there's much more).

The fact that Israel still has an ambassador in Sweden shows that we - collectively - have a real masochistic streak that needs to be brought under control. I stand by what I wrote earlier today: Israel's ambassador should be summoned home for 'consultations.' There is no other country in the world that would tolerate this type of abuse.


At 7:39 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Breaking relations with Sweden would be better. Relations between friendly states should be based on mutual respect, appreciation of national interests and non-interference in internal affairs. Sweden has violated all of the above principles. Its not America and its high time Israel put an end to Swedish meddling where its none of its business.

At 11:59 PM, Blogger lol said...

here is the contact info of this "newspaper", please write or call them to show protest.

Tel: 00468 725 2000
E-mail: nyheter@Aftonbladet.se


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