Hope in Hysteria

June 3, 2010 at 13:53 2 comments

The boarding of the ships in the so-called Freedom Flotilla has caused quite a stir, not least in Sweden. The coverage in the media there is massive, and since I hope to publish on the topic in another forum I wasn’t going to delve deeper into that issue at the moment.

However, I’ll give you on small glimmer of hope in the otherwise deep, dark sea of anti-Israeli hysteria whipped up beyond all proportion in the Swedish press these days.

Per Gudmundson writes on the opinion blog of Svenska Dagbladet criticizing Swedish support for the Flotilla, saying that they in fact share some of that responsibility for what happened off the coast of Gaza.

He points out that it was obvious that IHH, the Turkish organization that organized the flotilla, wanted to provoke a violent confrontation with the Israeli marines. IHH has well-known connections to Hamas and even al-Qaida, and – even more specifically – before departing Turkey, IHH’s hired hooligans recorded video messages where they hollered antisemitic slogans and called to violence.

Peace activists, indeed.

This was so obvious that even the Swedish supporters of the Flotilla, however filled with self-righteous rage against Israel they might have been, should have understood. Since they ignored all this and instead pretended as if they were all just on a peaceful humanitarian mission, they legitimized the violence and strengthened the extremists.  

I couldn’t agree more. This whole expedition is a highly reckless exercise that does nothing to advance peace in the Middle East – and if the Swedish supporters of the Flotilla really want peace they should reconsider their support for this kind of actions.


Entry filed under: Media.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Thomas  |  June 3, 2010 at 14:44

    Alert us when you do publish in that other forum, would you? I have been hoping to read your remarks with regards to this issue since I heard of the project. OK?

  • 2. Mikael Tossavainen  |  June 4, 2010 at 07:13

    What is this? A thirst to be enlightened by by wisdom/to have the oportunity to laugh at my stupidity?

    How could I resist such a request? You will be alerted.


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