Counterproductive Commiseration the Cause?
Åsa Linderborg, the editor of the cultural section of Aftonbladet where the by now infamous article by Donald Boström was published, comments on the circus that the publication of said article initiated. She’s unrepentant, and instead she attacks those who have criticized her and the paper — everyone from her “liberal colleagues” to the “regime in Tel Aviv” (by which she presumably refers to the Israeli government. For similar geographical confusions at Aftonbladet see this earlier post).
The first interesting thing in the article is that Linderborg claims that she’s never heard of the myth that Jews would use the blood of Christian children to bake matzot. (Did I mention that Linderborg’s got a Ph.D. in history?)
Another rather more serious problem with the article is that she suggests that — unlike her Swedish liberal press colleagues — the sane elements of the Israeli press is on her side. Linderborg bases this claim on the fact that Gideon Levy at Haaretz also criticized foreign minister Liebermann and his populist demagoguery about Sweden and the Swedes. Of course she fails to note that Levy also called Boström’s article “bizarre” and “cheap and harmful journalism”.
Anyone interested in reading Levy’s entire article can find it here.
Linderborg burns for the suffering of the Palestinians. I understand and sympathize with that. But since both she and I know that plenty of horrible things are going on in the occupied territories, why does she feel the need to revert to racist fables? Doesn’t she see that coverage of the actual suffering would be enough, and that diversions into malicious fantasy-land is not going to help anyone — least of all the Palestinians?
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