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onsdag 3 februari 2010

Sweden: Well on the Way To Becoming The First Islamist Republic of Europe

When Malmö Mayor Ilmar Reepalu expresses anti-Semitic sentiments and decries the legitimacy of only one state in the world - Israel - and no other, this is not an exception to the rule in Sweden.

It is the rule in Sweden.

Reepalu does what he does because he has the full backing of large swathes of the Swedish media. In Sweden, the media set the agenda based on personal political affiliations and the politicians comply.

In functioning democracies, on the other hand, it is usually the politicians who listen to the citizens, set the agenda and run the country, while the media monitor and report on their progress.

The Institute for Global Jewish Affairs recently published an in-depth analysis of the aftermath of last year's controversial Aftonbladet affair in which the Swedish newspaper published allegations - refuted by the people cited as witnesses and subsequently withdrawn by the writer himself - that the Israeli army routinely killed Palestinian Arabs for the purpose of harvesting their organs. The article itself was roundly condemned the world over by journalists and media analysts as a piece of exceptionally shoddy work, devoid of research, blatantly propagandistic and designed to promote racial agitation.

Six months have now passed since the controversial article was published by Swedish left-wing tabloid Aftonbladet. Last week analyst and researcher Mikael Tossavainen published his findings on the original article, the climate in which it was produced and the atmosphere it was designed to engender, in a report entitled The Aftonbladet Organ-Trafficking Accusations against Israel: A Case Study.

Tossavainen's excellent study ought to be compulsory reading for all foreign office staffers and all journalists everywhere. It methodically analyses background and effect. It tangents the dangers of inactivity in the face of increasing polarisation nurtured by a politically motivated and powerful media.

Ignore it at your peril.

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