Blood Libel in Sweden

The outrageous accusation of stolen body parts.

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(118) James Quinn, September 20, 2009 10:05 PM

"Neutrality" often impedes professional ethics in journalism

I don't know what it is about the journalistic profession nowadays that makes them think it is proper to report bizarre beliefs and actions by highlighting the belief itself without judgment, rather than reporting that "Someone has said 'X,'" while exploring the truth of "X" and the ramifications of its having been stated. I suspect it is an outgrowth of a political correctness in which it is seen as disrespectful to question anything presented in a context indicating that it is part of someone's religious belief. I'm sorry, but if my deeply and sincerely held religious belief is that Jews are drinking the blood of non-Jewish children, I deserve to have that belief vigorously and publicly refuted. Calling hateful beliefs and actions "religious" should not shield them from scrutiny and condemnation. All that is bad enough, but the belief reported by the Swedish journalist in question is not even religious, just an unfounded accusation of a personal and political nature. Worse yet, by his tone (e.g., referring to 19-year-old combatants as "children" and "stone-throwing boys"), he has clearly chosen to take a side. No facts are alleged in support of it; not even any assertion that the deceased people are missing any organs! The journalist simply restates the belief in ominous tones, saying it should be investigated. To call this self-evidently reckless reporting "unethical journalism" is an understatement. For a newspaper to print it with even a NEGLIGENT disregard for the truth is at the very least blameworthy. To do so with any foreknowledge -- and I would argue, even SUSPICION of its falsehood, would supersede any normal concept of criminality.

(117) Shoshana Shapiro, September 9, 2009 1:59 PM

2 Billion Antisemites?

The antisemitic forgery, "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion," as well as the Blood Libel, are regularly taught and reinforced in the Islamic world. I've watched actual footage of a children's TV program similar to Barney, where a large, cute animal explains to an adorable four year-old how jews are the devil, that they will harm her and that they should be killed. The DVD indicates just how widespread Jew-hatred is in the Middle East ~ and this has nothing to do with the issue over land. During the month of Ramadan, families stay at home with their families and watch TV. One such program, a reenactment of the Blood Libel, an imposing and scary Jew chases a five year old through a building, a 12-inch knife in his hand. His goal is to murder the child and use his blood to make Passover matzah. When the Jewish man captured the little boy and pulled back the knife, I covered my eyes. Forcing myself to look, I watched it a second time. I've never seen such graphic violence in a movie as I saw in this film. There are 1.9 billion Muslims in teh world. Heaven help us if the majority of Arab Muslim/Muslim societies are broadcasting these horrific movies. I don't know why they wouldn't.

(116) Harvey Rogeers, September 6, 2009 7:12 PM

Fight back

Is there some way to fight back against these vile actions by some of the press.. much of the press kowtows to the Muslims because of their death thjreats. I'm not suggesting that we threaten or resort to assassination but wonder if there isn't some way we can do somet6hing to make the anti-Semitic press pay a price for their deliberately printing material that they must know is fault and is designed to hurt Israel and the Jewish people.

(115) Anonymous, September 2, 2009 1:37 AM

antisemitism

I believe antisemitism is on the rise again, and this is just a recent example of this horror.

(114) Bert, September 2, 2009 12:04 AM

Scandalous

Whilst any newspaper can print anything it likes that does not break the law; I believe it would be failing in its duty of care if it does not publish a rebuttal of this slanderous article. Neutrality is fine but not this one sided so called neutrality.

(113) Arnold, September 1, 2009 6:07 PM

Free Speach is MUST NOT BE CAMOUFLAGED HATE PROVOCATION.

WHEN HATE IS PROVOKED BY A " CREDIBLE " NEWSPAPER IT LOSES INTELLIGENT CREDIBILITY, BUT TO THE IDIOT MASSES IT BECOMES " GOSPEL TRUTH " ...... PITY.... ARNOLD.

(112) Anonymous, September 1, 2009 11:16 AM

Swedish antisemitism 3

And you have an old fashion-‘conservative’ jewish community with a couple of tusands of members and there is neither an open dicussion about anything more that surviving the ezquizofrenic make believe dedomcratic Sweden with make us believe free speech mamboyambo. I don’t want to be hard on sweden or the jewish community here but the truth it’s both parts and the muslim community in sweden are in a very dark level of coexistance and respect for real human and moral values, the value of life and freedom of religion expression at all levels of any free and really democratic state. A real open democracy can take critizism , Swedish Democracy can’t take critizism, it’s like an humilliation for their excellency of living to be wrong, it can’t be and if they are wrong; they would lie to hide it, and then change it, and then see to get the benefites of it all, it’s really a sick way of moral order or a kind of moral and ethical disorders, in any case, many people feel its poison and in the end it is all about money every part of it so the only question that reminds it’s how to survive so much cynism and hypocreci. I a dellusional state of close Democracy with a touch of antisemitism from all the sides.

(111) Anonymous, September 1, 2009 11:15 AM

Swedish Antisemitism 2

On the other hand swedes have there on logic while doing things and taking decitions, it works, absolutelly, but it also has it price on human lifes. And yes, it is a very beautiful country, the nature of this country it is like in other parts of the world amuzing, the world it is a very beautiful place, but now going back to everyday Sweden, antisemitism here it is a real problem, Sweden has a very intelligent sort of economy until now, base on multibillion taxes -state –jobs-housing, roads-banks, that make people have a sort of real security, but who is really producing what? You have at list 1.8 million swedes working directly or indirectly and having hugh salaries in supporting the same system of wellfare what do this tell economists?, that’s something different, emigration it’s very intelligent way of acumulating work power, wellfare it’s a milliondollar business and a political joker. Now there are about 1.2 million muslims in sweden today the mayority are young people all new imigrants.

(110) Anonymous, September 1, 2009 11:14 AM

The Swedish Antisemitism 1

I don't know what to say about swedish antisemitism or the swedish jewish community selfhating costums that ssippers out from time to time and its not only a shame but embarrasing aswell. When arrive from south america to sweden about 33 years a go I was a little girl with no jewish identity what so ever, but I knew quite a lot about Israel allready, it was choking to have to move from the end of the world to the north pole but thats the way it was, choking to move to an appartment and live like sardins when I grow up in a big house and....anyhow life it's not always depending on us specially when we are children, anyhow this was my new home, Sweden, I learn the language very quickly by 6 months and I started school, I remember asking my history teacher why in our history books they did not write almost anything about the 2e world war and about the holocaust, -the holocaust he would say, -you don’t have to know anything about it. And I grow up in a sweden there the second world war and the holocaust did not happen. Now this is one of a bunch of exemples about how the swedish government and their state conciensly for 40 years or more, did ignore a part of history, I think this can tell you a lot about why today you have a large part of the population that are anti-israeli but also anti jewish.

(109) Joel, September 1, 2009 12:37 AM

Swedish shame

Sad to see that such an admirable country like Sweden will fall for this type of scam. We still hold the Swedish people as right and smart. Letting this happen will be such a shame. It is all right to be equal and fair when it comes to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Both sides have rights and wrong and we always have to keep both perspectives in mind. But, publishing such an article without any proves is just poor journalism. No better than the national enquired. Their readers should feel betrayed by the kind of crap they are paying to read.

(108) Beverly Kurtin, September 1, 2009 12:24 AM

Disgusting

How any right thinking human being can believe this is beyond me. The publication of that series of lies falls into the world-wide outbreak of hate, not just Jew hate. This reminds me of the myth that people wake up in a bath tub filled with ice and a not informing the victim to call a doctor, they've had their kidney removed. No sane person could believe that, yet the myth persists to this date. I wonder how long this lie will last.

(107) Daniela, August 31, 2009 11:25 PM

This may be preceding a reality

I wonder if this is a case of an accusation against Jews either preceding or following the same activity amongst Muslims in order to cover up what they're doing, or the more usual, which is doing the same thing so when we accuse them, confused or ignorant people who appear to be on the fence will say, "oh, but they say the same thing about you..." ?

(106) Janne Lundstedt, August 31, 2009 10:30 PM

God bless Israel...

God bless israel in this late hour!

(105) STEWART WINTER, August 31, 2009 10:25 PM

WHO CARES??

WHO CARES WHAT THESE PEOPLE AND OTHERS LIKE THEM THINK. THE WORLD HATES JEWS AND NOTHING ONE CAN SAY CAN CONVINCE THESE HATERS OTHERWISE. THE JEWISH PEOPLE JUST NEED TO BE STRONG AND VIGILANT AND IN UNITY AND HARMONY WITH EACH OTHER. WITH THAT AND G-D WATCHING OVER US, WE WILL PREVAIL...TOO BAD...SWEDISH WOMEN ARE SO GOOD LOOKING!!

(104) OWC, August 31, 2009 8:24 PM

TAKE ACTION

Since it has become clear that swedish government can not do any thing to her aftonbladet's editors, Israel should do everything possible on her side to sue this rubbish publisher for justice to be done.

(103) Skip Joseph, August 31, 2009 7:42 PM

how disappointing

I had the pleasure of visiting Sweden in the 1980's, and my roommate in college was from Sweden. I always had such a warm affinity for that country. No more. Sweden has joined the ranks of Hamas, Ahmedinejad, and all the other vermin who have hated Jews and Israel for so long. The Swedes I've known in the past wound never accept this kind of thing. I hope the Swedish people take a stand, but my fear is they will not. How disappointing. Have you learned nothing? Shame on you!

(102) Jeff Knight, August 31, 2009 7:34 PM

This is an apalling thing in the light of the memory of Raul Wallenberg, a Swede who risked his life to save thousands of Jews from the Shoah!!! Israel many many Gentiles are for you, as these ignorant people are but a minority!!!

(101) Mats, August 31, 2009 5:34 PM

Separate governments

I did sign the petition, and have no doubt doing so is correct of me as a native swedish resident. However, one important detail in the "film" is dead wrong: The Swedish government that resided during the "muhammed cartoon" incident was the PREVIOUS one, the Social Democtaric Party ruled then. So, no blame on the current rulers for the cowardness executed by the socialists. Still, our foreign minister Carl Bildt has not performed as we could demand and expect, THAT is something very bad and I am ashamed for it, as having voted for the ruling alliance of 4 parties, (however luckily not for the party of Carl Bildt ...)

(100) Ralph Haglund, August 31, 2009 4:10 PM

I just accused Radio Sweden of anti-semitism - they try to silence me!

Having a pro-Israeli Swedish blog, I do report about clearly anti-Semite news in Swedish media. Now one of their lawyers is after me as I have clearly shown why I accuse one of their reporters in the Middle East for anti-Semitism......

(99) Johan Forsgren, August 31, 2009 3:36 PM

wow take it easy here

I agree that aftonbladets article was despicable and it should be noted that its very few people over here that take aftonbladet seriously. With that said: The Swedish government have no business in meddling in or censuring Swedish press. That it happened in the case of the Mohamed-caricatures was regrettable but 2 wrongs does not make a right. And it should be noted that the caricature-debacle was right in the middle of the London bombings/war on terror, and relationships with the Arab world was shaky to say the least. Not that that justifies censorship but it helps explain what happened. Israel should as a democracy respect that what is said in the press doesn't have to correspond to the goverments sentiments.

(98) Anonymous, August 31, 2009 2:28 PM

I am ashamed

My apolagies to the jewish people for the antisemitic "news" paper, Aftonbladet. Though this is not a special Swedish point of view to be antisemitic. But i think Israel should take Aftonbladet and the wrighter to court. Many swedes are ashamed of Aftonbladet and their articles about Israel since before, blaiming and making up stories about Israel and supporting terrorism done by Hamas and other islamistic groups surrounding Israel. Shalom to Israel !

(97) Anonymous, August 31, 2009 8:16 AM

PURE GARBAGE

Like most of the world, sweden feels that Jewish blood is cheap. So tell and spread lies so that Jews around the world die so what, we hate Jews.... Hitler lives in sweden just as in every country which promotes this type of garbage. I say take sweden to court or expose them them to the world as the crap they support and the lies they spread.

(96) Anonymous, August 31, 2009 8:13 AM

I want to express my outrage in the strongest possible terms castigating the newspaper for deliberately printing such gigantic lies. They were afraid of assassinations when they clamped down on the harmless cartoons about Mohammed. They fear no such assassinations from Jews. However there might be something that can be done to discourage the Swedes from being such scum.

(95) Peter, August 31, 2009 7:06 AM

distroying reputation with falseful accusation

i think it is better to sue this paper and its publishers instead of wasting time calling on them for apology. Off course, Swedish foreign minister has claimed that his country has equality on all only but to harbour and protects false paper publishers in his country. Also, The UN should investigate into this matter so that justice shall be executed.

(94) Anonymous, August 31, 2009 3:50 AM

Aish should sue Aftonbladet

Stellans idea isa good one. Sue Aftonbladet's editor and also the writer of the offending piece - I' surea prison sentence underSwedish law will senda strong signal not to allow ths sort ofrubbish. they ought to have done proper journalistic checks and the science behind this before publishing such rubbish.

(93) j. Mandelblum, August 31, 2009 2:01 AM

EXPECT JUSTICE FROM THIS PEOPLE IS WASTING GOOD GUNPOWDER ON BUZZARDS

iNSTED OF TRYING TO FORCE THE PAPER TO APOLOGIZE, WHAT SHOULD BE DONE IS SUE THE PANTS OF IT AND FROM THE IDIOTIC FM FOR LIBEL... LET THEM PROVE THE ACCUSATION... AND THE ORIGIN IS FROM ISRAEL'S "PEACE PARTNER " ? GIVE ME A BREAK ...! ! ! ! ! !

(92) Gertrude Donchin Chityat, August 31, 2009 1:02 AM

Good Memories of Sweden

I'm pleased to see among the comments several by Swedes saying that most of their countrymen would be utterly opposed to this horror. My father, a Jewish native of Sweden, would turn over in his grave if he were aware of this happening. From 1904 till 1911 his family lived happily in Lund before migrating to the U.S., where they always retained the pleasantest memories of Sweden.

(91) Barbara McNabb, August 31, 2009 12:33 AM

I understand the Jewish people for wishing to have this report investigated but I do NOT agree that one paper should be sued .The media can print issues that may have been wrongly represented to them.That said I wish to strongly support the Swedish media.They are prepossessed to report false affairs. Freedom of press means that all have the right to give their criticism and should the paper be mistaken they will print an apology.Journalists are daily being killedjust for doing their job!SUPPORT freedom of the press knowing we then also have the abilty to read many positive reports that also support the Jewish .

(90) DG, August 30, 2009 10:26 PM

Agreed: sue for libel

Agreed with the above: the IDF must sue. The reporter admits he doesn't know if the story is true. But he reported it anyway and thinks the rumor should be investigated. It should have been... by him BEFORE publishing. But everyone's doing it. The BBC with its phosphorous rumors. I wrote them and they told me they were proud of telling "both sides of the story" (rumor and denial is now "both sides of the story") and allowing the reader to "make up their own minds." Based on what? Journalism throughout has turned to open political chicanery everywhere, forsaking even a semblance of ethics. Only the courts can undo this. And why put the paper and the government of Sweden in the same sentence? the paper isn't government owned, nor is the Swedish government responsible for the content of individual newspapers. So the petition is poorly considered in the first place. I agree with the above writer: no one cares about Jewish signatures: sue. Put em out of business. That'll force journalists to go back to square one: get two independent sources to confirm every story BEFORE you publish!

(89) Perla, August 30, 2009 9:00 PM

such make belief lies!!!

I believe that any one with freedom of writing can do so but can only do so if they have proof that in fact what they are stating is true and not a fabrication of material made to look at the Israelis/jews look bad. These individuals responsible for this type of false allegations should be tried and have their writing priviliges revoked from any newsmedia.

(88) Holly, August 30, 2009 4:24 PM

sue the paper and the writer

Sue them -

(87) Mario Spiteri, August 30, 2009 4:03 PM

Spreading False News?

Excuse me - but isn't there a clause in the Press Acts of democratic countries that spreading false news is tantamount to a criminal offence?

(86) Anonymous, August 30, 2009 2:06 PM

Sue for libel

Agree with the first person to post this. There is an organization that sues terrorists, maybe they'll take this on. Who cares about Jewish signatures? I mean, really? Money talks, doesn't it?

(85) Andrew Gelbman, August 30, 2009 11:55 AM

Eurarbian Nonsense

Europe is falling to Islam, the Europeans aren't having children but the Islamic invaders are and within 50 years, Europe will be Islamic. Get used to stories like this. Petitions are worthless, arm yourselves because such hatred rarely stays in the form of idiotic "news" items. This sort of propaganda is intended to incite anti-Jewish violence. No amount of logic or petitioning is going to change things, Esau hates Jacob - always has, always will.

(84) giovanna luccardi, August 30, 2009 8:16 AM

a shame

only stupidity and blind antisemitism justifie this kind of reports

(83) Yaakov Hillel, August 29, 2009 5:58 PM

To Yiskah 55

No the U.N. cannot do anything about it because the great majority of the U.N. is either antisemitic or deathly afraid of the Muslim world. Islam says that there is only one legitimate religion and it is not either Christianity nor Judaism. They have an Allah given commandment to murder and subjugate any one who does not accept Allah together with Mohammed his prophet. They have the best propaganda machine in the world. see Dr. Mordecai Kedar on Youtube. I hope the western world comes to its senses befor all the Husseins and Mahmuds take over the world.

(82) Stellan, August 29, 2009 3:52 PM

Aftonbladet is not the voice of Sweden

The article in Aftonbladet does not reflect the opinion of the Swedish people as a whole. Neither that of the Swedish government. I’m writing from Sweden and can report that Aftonbladet made a fool of themselves here, publishing an article with no background check. Medical experts have come forward in more serious daily papers and explained that organs cannot be stolen in this way, for the purpose of transplantations. In this case I would have liked to see a denouncing statement from our government, but the tradition of strict borders between free media and government goes a long way back here. The correct procedure is to sue Aftonbladet. In Swedish law the penalty for publishing false accusations of this magnitude may lead to a prison sentence for the publisher.

(81) Anonymous, August 29, 2009 10:26 AM

Sue for libel

Instead of useless petitions, Israel should sue the stupid newspaper and the idiotic writer of the article (cannot call him a journalist -- he is even way below that low nomination...). I am sure Sweden must have some laws against libel!

(80) paula wagner, August 29, 2009 2:15 AM

A sign of the times

It seems to me that anti-semitism is ramping up in a big way, starting with the Murder Of Daniel Pearl, God rest his soul. I fear that as America moves closer to a socialist government, these outlandish articles will reach our own media and they will have a hay-day finding someone to blame for the troubles in this country, in the same way nazi Germany did. We must speak out loud and strong against this. Petitions are good, but as American Jews, we cannot stay silent like we did when our brothers and sisters were dying in the camps.

(79) JD Adam, August 29, 2009 12:50 AM

Palistenian propaganda is the most primitive and outrageous of all studied in contemporary times.

I find it remarkable that anyone who can read and right would even consider publishing such outlandish muck. The Palsstinians have found favor with media that was once "journalistic: and now is only tabloid and less quality. When I lived in Israel, I was astounded at what they perported on the local TV news! It startled me at first, then I realized that people who run and hide under their women's skirts after bombing grade school children in their school bus. teach their toddlers to throw stones at anyone that goes near a tomb of the Father's and attack me in my car in the West Bank, were, and remain, capable of the most grotesque lies.

(78) Matt, August 28, 2009 11:35 PM

Sweden and the Nazis

Don't be suprised. Sweden donated thouisands of Condor SS to the Nazi Cause. Thats why Hitler allowed Sweden to reamin neutral dduring the war

(77) Anonymous, August 28, 2009 9:36 PM

it wont be long before sweden and the rest of europe's women will be wearing burkas and cowering in their homes.it couldn"t happen to nicer people!

(76) Shlomo, August 28, 2009 6:14 PM

What else is new??

Its well known that Europe is not and never been projew they only hide their antisemitic faces to the world their true feelin is hate and more hate even the United Abonitations (UN) defend the rights of every country exept one Israel,so i hope sweden pay the price soon for this lies and that someday they will feel horror,fear,desparation,frustation that the jewish people felt 60 years ago and again today the answer is only one pray to G-d that soon send the total redemption Amen

(75) Thomas Lundgren, August 28, 2009 5:31 PM

To Israel and Israel`s peopel.

I, am so sorry! and hope you got,complete redrees,in all lies . A swedish, who loves you.

(74) Paul Tenenbaum, August 28, 2009 5:11 PM

History repeats itself

Joseph Goebbels said that the more you repeat lies the more they become believable. Two generations ago, Sweden helped the Jews. What happened in between. Like many other countries in Europe Islam has made inroads and their extrenists are repeating the Nazi tune. I believe that a lawsuuit (if possible) ought to be broought against the newspaper- similar to the Holocaust denier- for many, many $$$$$. This is how they would feel the pain. Words mean nothing. What bothers me more is that the government is not responding to the hatred being spread.

(73) Dvora, August 28, 2009 4:46 PM

Useless

To my great regret signing petitions is useless. The only thing those Europeans understand is violence. I do not advocate violence. I am saying that the Arabs used it when the Mohammad cartoons came out and it worked. This is something to cry over.

(72) Michel.R.Montagne, August 28, 2009 4:18 PM

Sweden needs to correct the course it's started apoun!

This from the country that a" righteous " person who saved Jew's, came from?

(71) Simone, August 28, 2009 4:13 PM

Those who refuse to condemn what should be condemned

In response to 57 - I agree. I suggest, therefore, that we all pass on the following: The Israeli newpaper Yediot Hazuyot has published the following news item, culled from an underground Swedish newspaper: Calls have been voiced for the investigation of Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt, following allegations of his involvement in a paedophile ring. The thrice-married politician has, in the past, been suspected of links to child pornography websites in Germany and Holland, as well as in his own country of Sweden but it is claimed that he used his political connections to prevent charges being brought. The latest enquiries focus on rumours that Bildt was involved in the recent abduction and sexual exploitation of two children belonging to the sizeable Palestinian refugee community in Sweden. Hawla Salaimeh, mother of one of the missing children, tearfully told our reporter: "He (Bildt) came to our mosque to express his support for the Palestinian cause and when he left, I noticed that my little Muhammed, aged 10, was nowhere to be seen. My friend Ayesha told me she had seen him standing just beside the Minister's car and that as the Minister left, the car door opened and Mohammed was seized and pulled inside. Later, nude pictures of my son appeared on the internet." Following publication of the report, the Swedish Government issued a strongly worded protest and demanded that the Israeli Government condemn "this vicious and baseless report, which amounts to nothing less than a blood libel against the Swedish Foreign Minister and the entire Swedish poeple." Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman rejected the demand out of hand. "Israel is a democracy and in a democracy, freedom of the press is sacrosanct."

(70) Dan Johansson, August 28, 2009 3:46 PM

Lost but not doomed

I am Swedish and i was in Israel this summer and i just love Israel. I bless the people and pray for them. I have lived in Israel for many years and I am so greatfull that i did even if it gave me hell afterwards. I stand up for Israel and Sweden does not accept that. Sweden is doing fine themself when it comes to "steeling" body thoughts. If you don't think as they then they will make a brain surgion as Aftonblades does every day,24 hous every day. Not Just them its the Swedish media in whole. They suck out your brain to the last drop. To think for your self is not allowed. Specially when it comes to Israel. Sweden is lost but I hope not doomed from G-ds anger. I hope there are 10 rightous people in this country yet to hold up the shield. G-d can change things to the better. Bless Israel. AM CHAI

(69) Anonymous, August 28, 2009 3:16 PM

Blood libels are a form of Ignorance and need combatting.

I have responded with abuse Libels against myself and I am reading about witch persecutions and Fakes in our University Library.I am reading Maleus Maleficorum(The Witches Hammer)It is interesting.

(68) David, August 28, 2009 2:54 PM

This stuff is all over

A day does not go by where someone posts something like this on the internet message boards i watch. hatred of Israel and of the jewish people is alive and well in the U.S. The Internet has provided a easy media for the spreading to this kind of garbage.

(67) martin glinsky, Ph.D., August 28, 2009 1:51 PM

Nothing has changed in 3,000 years

To paraphrase on G_D's assignment to his people, "you are the chosen people...I chose you to take the collective abuse of everything that is wrong in the world...and when you, through your might, chose to defend your very existence, the world will once more condem you as an agressive nation, not worthy to exist". He has commanded us to stand together as a people and destroy our enemies.

(66) Gabor Ujvari, August 28, 2009 11:29 AM

Sweden must apologise to the People of Israel

The Aftonbladet is a left wing Swedish evening paper which published many anti Israeli and anti Semitic articles since the Yom Kippur War. I’m very disappointed with the Swedish FM Carl Bildt because he is member of the conservative Moderata Samlingspartiet which always supported Israel. 30 years ago Swedish Jews organised a group called The Swedish Friends of Likud and the Moderata Samlingspartiet supported that group. Sweden has approximately 18,000 Jewish citizens. Most came from Eastern Europe like Russia, Rumania, Poland, Hungary. Many Jews are settled well in Sweden, inter-married and lost Jewish identity. The Swedish government claims that they respect the freedom of press. I think that they just looked at the figures and soliciting for votes from the 600,000 strong Muslim community. I’m ashamed of the opportunistic attitude of the Swedish FM who claims that we have freedom of speech in Sweden. Yes, in a democracy we must have freedom of speech, but we can not accuse innocent people with horrible crimes. The article in the Aftonbladet was an incitement against Jews, like the Book of Zion and the Nazi propaganda. That should not be allowed in Sweden. But we should admit that Mrs Bonniers the Swedish ambassador in Israel protested against the article. (The family Bonniers is an assimilated Jewish family in Sweden.) At the end it was extra disappointment that she was ordered by the Swedish Foreign Ministry to keep quite.

(65) Paul Tait, August 28, 2009 10:24 AM

Appeasement

I think we are seeing the deliberate sacrifice of a minority group to appease what is rapidly becoming a majority group in some parts of Europe. This new blood libel seems to be based on the 'Nixonism'...if you're going to tell a lie - make it a big one. It maybe intended to distract public attention from the attrocities carried out by Islamofacism. I am amazed at both the drift of the British Left to support Hizbollah / Hamas etc., and the negative portrayal in the media of Israel...the only democratic country in the Middle East. So many newsworthy stories are missing from our so called free press. The 'settler' issue is misrepresented. Make no mistake, the Muslim theocrats are targetting Judaism now but Christianity is also in their sights. After all we are simply decadent pigs and monkeys compared to the spiritually minded that killed Nick Berg. I have stopped buying British newspapers and turn off the news when an item about Israel appears on our media. It cannot be trusted. Write and respond. Check the Internet and make other reasonable people aware of the facts! Shalom

(64) S Friend, August 28, 2009 9:48 AM

Don't cruise on a ship registered in Stockholm

Some cruise ships are registered in Stockholm Sweden. Don't use ANY cruise line that has its ships from Sweden or its allies! The Swedes will soon fall to Sharia, and that will be the end of their country and their culture. Europe is losing. They will all fall into bitter slavery because of their need for filth of oil money. Shame on the greed and hatred of their governments. Who do they fool? If (G-d Forbid) the Jews are gone, they are next. It won't be 9 million. It will be 900 million. Good luck, Europe, and good bye.

(63) Daniel Forslund, August 28, 2009 8:00 AM

Swedish citizen: I am sorry on behalf of my Country

I am so sorry for the lies of Aftonbladet, Sweden. I am sorry for the spineless (lack of) actions of this Countries leadership. I am embarassed to be a Swedish Citizen this month. Not since the days of Olof Palme have I been so ashamed of the words "Swedish citizen" printed on my passport. Please forgive us and pray that the G-d of Israel opens the eyes of the Swedish nation. /Daniel (daniel.forslund AT clubtele.se)

(62) S.Levy, August 28, 2009 7:37 AM

My previous comment

This is no surprise! Europe is nearly muslim-dominated so those guys feel they have to bend over to the arabs. In about 10 to 30 years' time the situation will be such that the arabs the way they reproduce will take over most of the European governments and Islam will rule there! Europe tried to eliminate us semites? now they have the moslem semites stuck in their throats! Well done, they deserve it and more!

(61) Anonymous, August 28, 2009 7:32 AM

#57 (Barry) Exactle what have YOU done???????

Great to criticize. What have YOU done? At least these ordinary citizens in Aish have put together a video explaining the fact better than anything else I have seen. Signing a petition has at least one positive effect. The person signing it identifies. Frankly, your remarks are those of a loudmouth do-nothng. Instead of sounding off DO SOMETHING

(60) JO, August 28, 2009 6:55 AM

ESAV SONEY ET YAAKOV

I know that I am in the minority with my opinion these days, but I believe that the ancient rabbis agree with me. We can't defeat anti semitism through petitions and other media venues. Only Torah and mitzvoth!!! Anti-Semitism will only be quelled in the times of the Moshiach. Unfortunately, we are influneced my the western world and think that petitions and media can remove thousands of years of hate. This is not true. It isn't even logical to think that it can be effective, besides the fact that all rabbinical literature prior to 1948 seems to indicate that only Torah and mitzvoth can protect us. If Hashem wants us to suffer, we will suffer, regardless of how many petitions we sign. So instead of signing useless petitions (not b/c no one will listen, but because philosophically it is not correct) let us increase our performance of mitzvoth.

(59) Not a Jew, August 28, 2009 5:41 AM

I'm Not Even Jewish! But This Must Stop!

A Christian woman who cares about Isreal sent me this to me. I have mass emailed this to everyone I thought would care. Jews, Christians, non religious people: IF YOU TRULY CARE ABOUT ISRAEL AND THE JEWISH PEOPLE- SIGN THE PETITION! STOP THE LIES! THIS IS THE JUNK HITLER STARTED WITH !!!!

(58) Julius G, August 28, 2009 4:31 AM

I will not buy anything made in Sweden

The swedes are afraid of the arabs, they are fools that don't stand up against muslims and the koran which is against the infedels which the cristians are also included not only the jews.

(57) Barry E Lerner, August 28, 2009 3:13 AM

idiocy

You, the Jewish PR machine, are idiots. The Arabs say lunatic things and the best you can think of to do is sign petitions. Let me tell you again: you cannot win an argument if you go on the defensive. Petitions are pathetic and useless. The appropriate response is to say vile, baseless things about those who print nonsense; when the bigots finally make the connection between their publications and the stinging reply, they will stop the libels. If those in charge of Jewish PR, and I include those who originated this petition, lack either the courage or the comprehension to become, in a word, offensive, they should step aside and let someone else do what must be done.

(56) steve, August 28, 2009 2:50 AM

Sweden is already lost

In the not too distant future Swedes will see the end of their democracy and they will learn to live under Sharia Law. Just have a look at the streets of Malmo. Raoul Wallenberg would be turning in his grave if he saw the loss of dignity that Sweden has displayed. Good bye Sweden!!!!!

(55) Yiskah, August 28, 2009 2:22 AM

To distribute blood libel is against human rights!!!!

To me this is very serious. This is how it started in Nazi Germany before World War II when we Jews became compared with rats and accused of everything. This is “Hetzpropaganda” and anti-Semite. My parents and grant parents could not do anything against it but hide and keep their mouth shut because it was too late when Hitler became the “Kanzler”. Did the western world not learn anything? Can’t the UN do something against it? How decadent and uneducated these accusations are! Isn’t it about time to stop them!! ?? This is NO freedom of speech…but unacceptable! To distribute blood libel is against human rights!!!!

(54) Anonymous, August 28, 2009 1:45 AM

Shame, shame, shame on the Swedish Gov. that allows this

Shame, shame, shame on the Swedish Gov. that allows this. I just pray that there will be those Swedes who stand with Israel will make their voice heard.

(53) Howard Miller, August 28, 2009 1:19 AM

sanctimonious hypocrisy reminiscent of 3rd Reich

Hypocritical retreat to "freedom of the press," claimed solely in the service of anti-semitism is one of the most dangerous devices utilized by the Third Reich a few years back. Not now! Not again!

(52) finches, August 28, 2009 1:14 AM

God help us!

Can the world not see history repeating itself? SHAME on Sweden and may God help us! This is truly EVIL at work!

(51) Keith in Woking, UK, August 28, 2009 12:41 AM

PRAYER IS POWERFUL

Gilad, I pray to HaShem for you regularly - for inner strength, for your mental and physical protection and for your family and friends. We too have a son about your age. He's 25 and I feel so very much for your Mum and Dad, Aviva and Noam. My thoughts are constantly with them and yourself. May you have a safe and peaceful birthday today Gilad. G-d bless & shalom.. Keith

(50) ilan Samson, August 28, 2009 12:09 AM

unimpressive history made worse

Sweden's vastness is barely matched by a glorious history, certainly not the recent one. Its current persistant anti-Semitic islamization is not exactly making things better.

(49) dena dancykier, August 27, 2009 11:15 PM

please retract the stolen body parts story. An obscene lie.

(48) Anonymous, August 27, 2009 9:46 PM

Boycott Sweden

The Swedes have Jewish blood on their hands. I emailed the Swedish Embassy iin Canada and expressed my intention not to visit Sweden and not to purchase Swedish goods. I intend to follow through. I urge you to do the same. Let this be an important lesson to anyone who believes we don't need Israel.

(47) Anonymous, August 27, 2009 9:36 PM

We are back to middle ages

We have years of experience re. blood libels in Europe, even stories how the Golem fought against them. These days we live comfortably in our own sheltered homes thinking that after the holocaust those countries which provided safe havens to us before would be the last ones to bow over their Muslim populations. Wake up to reality friends.

(46) Anonymous, August 27, 2009 9:13 PM

put the onus on them

Write an article that says Sweden is using this information to cover up their own complicity in collecting body parts!

(45) Anonymous, August 27, 2009 9:04 PM

Repeat of '67

I remember quite well that during the '67 war, two Swedish "journalists" reported to the world that Jews... er... Israelis were burning Arab bodies. Their source was a group of boys by the side of the road which they asked about the smoke was off in the distance. Three days later, after the headlines, the small print article correcting the story was that it was a tire dump set on fire by the Arabs. To verify the story, all they had to do was drive the two or three kilometers to the source of the smoke. But no. A group of children nowhere near the smoke was enough confirmation for the story. But the damage was done. And this won't be the last time we will hear of racism disguised as a news story.

(44) Ilan Braun, August 27, 2009 8:02 PM

Erase Sweden's Name

A few suggestions: boycott everything from Sweden, don't visit the country! What about severing diplomatical ties and/or economical/trade ties with Sweden? I mean Israel. Don't buy from them, don't sell to them! Protest and words are insufficient, we need deeds! Please don't forget the Nobel Prize made in Sweden: remember some of the "lucky winners-murderers"! Sweeden as well as all of Scandinavia is/has always been largely pro-Palestininan.. neo-Nazis are far from being absent there! Israel/Jews wake up! The world is not yet ready to love us! Some still wonder why! Ishall tell you "ancient traditions": bash the Jews! Universal sport "Hit the Jews and run".. Things will change soon, as soon as the Mashiah will arrive.. meanwhile, let's pray to our Unique G'!!

(43) joseph ragg, August 27, 2009 7:21 PM

we Jews are too 'nice'

All I want to say is that if this libel was spread about 'another' group of people there would be Jihad and violence. These gutless people pick on Jews because they know we don't retaliate. We live by a better moral code.

(42) amh, August 27, 2009 6:27 PM

Not all Swedes

Honestly, this article was authored by one Swede and published by a single newspaper. It was not in any way published by Sweden as a country nor by all of its citizens. I'm a Swede and I have close friends that are Jewish, and yes I have read the article. While I think the article is a disgrace and just plain ugly I still defend the right to publish it. In the words of Evelyn Beatrice Hall: I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it

(41) Awraham Itschak, August 27, 2009 5:56 PM

Journalists

Obviously Swedish journalists are really gutterist, they like sewer lies. The Swedish people deserve better journalists than these. Just wait they will find out who is the real lier and enemy. By the way no one wrote about the 300.000 death's in Darfur. They do not exist, why? Because they are black and they are no arab's living in Gaza or in what is called The West Bank

(40) David F., August 27, 2009 5:50 PM

The world hates Jews

Will it ever change? NO The reality is the world hates Jews - it's as plain and simple as that!!!

(39) Ishac I. Levy, August 27, 2009 5:44 PM

It is not freedom of speach, it is a clear antisemitism

I agree what Ranita wrote; Sweden and some Sweden jews (unfortunately)call this freedom of speach.....where the bad tongue entre in action, is a pure antisemitism, there is no real facts, there is only lies. It is clear for all.

(38) Jeffrey Brandstetter, August 27, 2009 5:31 PM

The infamous Swedish Lion proves to be cowardly in the face of Islamist pressure

No country that refuses to take a stand against such filth deserves to be counted among the developed nations of the world. Those who are not part of the solution are part of the problem. If you wish to be thought of and treated as a third-rate country, keep it up. Otherwise, clean up your act, Sweden... show some courage and do the right thing.

(37) DMZ, August 27, 2009 5:17 PM

Having the freedom to libel

How can a European have the feeling he can libel Jews? When there is a cultural trend that makes her feel it's OK. In our country and the world the Israel-Apartheid movement is growing. We can not keep our heads in the sand. More of us must confront it now before a newspaper here develops the same logic.

(36) Ilya, August 27, 2009 5:02 PM

Lies in press is a crime

There is an easy way to revenge: write an article that swedes cell explosives to palestinian arabs or smth like that.

(35) Anonymous, August 27, 2009 4:48 PM

Unacceptabl behavior

How disgraceful that a country whose Diplomats, Raoul Wallenberg and Per Johan Valentin Anger were instrumental in saving thousand of Jews during World War II. It just shows how the human race has still not learnt anything from the Holocaust!!!! Shame on Sweden!!!!

(34) Anonymous, August 27, 2009 4:43 PM

Shame on the Swedes for spreading the lies

Shame on the Swedes for spreading the lies

(33) Anonymous, August 27, 2009 4:40 PM

unity, particularly in the face of adversity

I have signed Has Netanyahu and all the Israeli goverment also signed ? Jewish unity is what we need more than anything....now and ever..... :-) !

(32) Ranita, August 27, 2009 4:19 PM

IT IS NOT FREEDOM OF SPEACH, IT IS

Sweden and some Sweden Jews (unfortunately) call this freedom of speech. Freedom of Speech is exchange of opinion on true facts or events. And this is just false accusation, fabricated facts.

(31) Raymond Wolf, August 27, 2009 4:11 PM

Put Up or Shut Up

If there is proof SHOW IT. Responsible journalism requires that stories be verified BEFORE printing them. If there is no proof, then apologise and retract the story. There are enough unverified stories out there without adding to the problem. Shame on the editor/publisher of Aftonbladet.

(30) Henrie Timmers, August 27, 2009 4:11 PM

It's time that Sweden faced reality

As a former reporter, I know the importance of finding two verifiable sources for facts. This is not journalism, it is hate propoganda at the very least. Show me PROOF! I hope that Israel forces the issue with Sweden. This is not *news* it is fiction - dangerous fiction.

(29) Anonymous, August 27, 2009 4:11 PM

disguisting

(28) ady, August 27, 2009 4:07 PM

rasism

Has been 7 years in Europe and I felt the tast of rasism, when they know you are Jewish they put you down with everyt thing. It is a disgraceful and disgusting propaganda especialy for a woman who has "arab" children and knows EXACTLY the TRUTH. SHAME on the Swedes, but I didn't expect better from them, rasism is in the blood since ever...

(27) Anonymous, August 27, 2009 4:06 PM

Keep up the good work

theis type of press is wrong and should be stopped. Congratulations to Aish. It's important to stop these inaccuracies in a calm- least confrontational means as possible. The originaltors, the Palestinains had bad intent. Those that follow by printing what they read.. are just following and should be corrected. I worked in media and its just people doing this, it's important to keep tabls on people as they are just people.

(26) Margaret deRouleaux, August 27, 2009 3:58 PM

The Horror Continues

How soon we forget! The deeply held notions of mostly ignorant, but ,more often malicious people must be noted and erased. This is an outrage - everyone should know and denounce.

(25) Sam Lev, August 27, 2009 3:51 PM

Sweden o Sweden

When will the world realise thst Jew Bashing is the easiest thing in the world BECAUSE our morality and our sense of human dignity prevents us from crawling into the cesspool, the world's trash, similar to what these socalled world class journalists have have got ebroiled with. I once read that everybody knows who Bjorn Borg is and hardly anyone knows who sweden's prime minister is. On entering the consentration camps at the end of WW2 Eisenhower said "...take as many pictures as you can because one day in the future some bastard is going to say this never happened"

(24) Anne, August 27, 2009 3:49 PM

Shame to a country once a proponent of truth and freedom

I am dismayed at the refusal to find the truth behind these headlines. These purveyors of lies and rumors make this paper no better than a supermarket tabloid. When you do not stand up for the truth, you become no better than the liar who started the lie.

(23) Anonymous, August 27, 2009 3:42 PM

Shame on the swedes to publish/read, such horrendous lies!

(22) Marcoroz, August 27, 2009 3:41 PM

A prelude to killing of Jews somewhere

Still, it is hard to realize how pernicious such lies can be for the future. In the past, such false accusations towards Jews used to be a prelude to killings. I am afraid the same will turn to be true nowadays. Sadly.

(21) Murray Levine, August 27, 2009 3:37 PM

The writer himself admitted that he does not know or even think that the allegations are true.

So why write the article? The man appears to have a little bias. Here is the writer on TV up against an Israeli http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eipil73cA2k

(20) Leonard Buckner, August 27, 2009 3:35 PM

Mr

Virulent Anti Semitism doesn't need facts.

(19) , August 27, 2009 3:33 PM

Shame on you Sweden! Stand firm, Israel!

(18) L Leonard, August 27, 2009 3:29 PM

Terrible! ! More lies against jews ! The media and internet can do so much damage!!! Can they be so quick to repair it? It is so important that we ask H' to protect us against false accusations.

(17) carol burstein, August 27, 2009 3:29 PM

blood libels such as this filth is what helped to create the Shoah. Let's nip this in the bud !

(16) Roibert Y. Yohaï, August 27, 2009 3:27 PM

Sweden, inte bra!! Shame on you Sverige

(15) Anonymous, August 27, 2009 3:25 PM

Shame on Sweden

Isn't it about time that Sweden checks all informations published in its media? This is no longer information but misinformation.

(14) Aaron Z Snyder, August 27, 2009 3:15 PM

This version of the blood libel is being spread.

Sadly, I have already seen these lied being propagated through a blog. How can such things be believed, unless, of course, there are people just thirsting for such filth?

(13) Graeme Levin, August 27, 2009 3:03 PM

Freedom of Speech is a Protection against Government

Freedom of Speech legislation was intended to protect citizens against retribution by their government in response to the views of the citizens. It wasnot intended that individuals or the media be entitled to publish blatant lies and then be protected from prosecution. However, it is up to Jewish bodies (or other interested parties) to prosecute. I think the Swedish Government is quite correct in not becoming involved.

(12) David Foreman, August 27, 2009 3:03 PM

Nice job

This is outrageous that the author can not verify his story. The Swedish government is hiding behind a misguided ploy of freedom of the press. Freedom of the press does not permit such digusting lies to be promoted in the press. The Palestinians have been lying about every aspect of the Jews in our homeland. Nothing is shocking about Palestinians lying. Ir's just the extent of the lies that are shocking. Thr Palestinians have a wonderful role model to follow. Haj Al Hesseini the grand mufti of Jerusalem under British rule spent World War II in Berlin learning from and teaching the biggest liars of them all....the Nazis.

(11) Thomas Muhr, August 27, 2009 3:00 PM

This is false. State the Facts only-Don´t fabricate facts !

Horrible lies. Shame on the Swedes for spreading these lies.

(10) Glenn Van Acker, August 27, 2009 2:59 PM

More lies.

Haven't the Jews been persecuted enough? Will all nations turn against them? President O'Bamma is the next to turn against Israel.

(9) Anonymous, August 27, 2009 2:58 PM

Rule of Law

Why are we not fighting this under the International Rule of Law relating to Hate Crimes? Sweden wishes to be part of Europe - has She not learnt what happens when Good people stay quiet in Europe?

(8) Anonymous, August 27, 2009 2:58 PM

Freedom of the press does not protect libel

The claim that freedom of the press prevents the government from intervening in these matters is ridiculous. Freedom of the press does not protect libel, and this is libelous. If anything remotely similar were published about any other population, there would be immediate consequences, particularly if it were published about a Muslim or Arab state. This is horrific!

(7) Pablo Nankin,md, August 27, 2009 2:58 PM

I have voluntered to look at the medical records as I will be in Israel

of course the Sweedish embassy has had no answer.

(6) Anonymous, August 27, 2009 2:57 PM

I support Israel!

I support Israel! These lies must stop!

(5) Harold Shrifter, August 27, 2009 2:56 PM

Swedish products boycott

PLEASE AVOID SWEDISH PRODUCTS AS IKEA, ETC. UNTIL THEY CHANGE THEIR ATTITUDE TOWARDS ISRAEL.

(4) Nancy Wainwright, August 27, 2009 2:44 PM

disgraceful and disgusting propaganda

These are libelous slurs that have no basis in fact. I guess facts are irrelevant in your hideous world!

(3) Debra Kleemeyer, August 27, 2009 2:37 PM

Horrible lies originating from terrorists need to be exposed and stopped immediately. Shame on the Swedes for spreading the lies.

(2) Anonymous, August 27, 2009 2:37 PM

This is false and demands retraction.

This is false and demands retraction.

(1) Anonymous, August 27, 2009 2:35 PM

State the Facts only, DON'T Fabricate Facts! Sweden must clean this Filth!

State the Facts only, DON'T Fabricate Facts! Sweden must clean this Filth!

 

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