Left Party Leader Rejects Antisemitism — in Theory
Some time ago I wrote about how Lars Ohly, the leader of the Left Party in Sweden, claimed that an antisemitic blog was one of his favorites. Today Svenska Dagbladet publishes a short statement by Ohly, where he states that “antisemitism must be combated wherever it is found”.
He also points out that he has participated in memorial ceremonies on Kristallnacht and on Holocaust Memorial Day on several occasions.
But what about that particular blog? Why doesn’t Mr Ohly see it fit to comment on the matter at hand? If he hadn’t declared his support for this one particular blog in the first place, he wouldn’t have had to make this statement. He wants to sound categorical and clear, and he does reject antisemitism — in theory.
When it comes to an actual concrete example of anti-Jewish sentiments expressed by members of his party, he still chooses to avoid the issue.
UPDATE: In an interview in Expo (February 26 2009), Mr. Ohly clarifies that there is indeed antisemitic content on the blog in question, and that if he had known about it, he would never have listed it as one of his favorite blogs. He also says that Party representatives have spoken to the man behind the blog, and asked him to remove the antisemitic content. At the same time, Mr. Ohly doesn’t want to characterize the man responsible for the blog as an antisemite, and points out that most of the offensive content isn’t written by him.
Entry filed under: Allosemitism.