The European Jewish Congress president, Dr. Moshe Kantor, reacted strongly to the comment made by Sweden’s Foreign Minister Margot Wallström who, a mere 12 hours after the Paris terror attack, said, “To counteract the radicalization we must go back to the situation such as the one in the Middle East in which not at least the Palestinians see that there is no future; we must either accept a desperate situation or resort to violence’’.
“Radical Muslims massacred civilians enjoying a night out in Paris and Foreign Minister Wallström tried to make it about the Jewish State,” Dr. Kantor said. “She has completely ignored the remarks made by those behind the attacks, Islamic State organization, almost as if depriving them of any agency for their reactions. This is a deeply troubling worldview and borderline racist.”
“She ignores the tens of conflicts around the world involving Muslims and cherry-picks the only conflict involving Jews, as if to once again suggest, perhaps not consciously, the age old idea that the Jews are always central to international affairs in a malevolent way, and behind every event the hand of Jews can be found.”
The Swedish Embassy in Israel tried to deny she said those comments, tweeting out, ““FM has not said that Israeli Palestinian conflict is linked to tragic events in Paris. Sweden condemns all acts of terrorism.” The Israeli response to the comments were that they found such comments to be “shockingly hostile.”
“The problem is not so much that Israel is once again blamed for events that it played absolutely no role in,” said Dr. Kantor. “The larger issue is that if some in the West continuously ignore the true motivations behind these terrorist attacks they will never be able to prevent the next one.” Dr. Kantor added, “This imperialistic worldview which claims to superimpose an ideology and motivation on others is not only misguided it will harm the very efforts necessary to stop those who are undoubtedly planning the next massacres.”