Wall­ström’s rants

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMENT -

Swedish For­eign Min­is­ter Mar­got Wall­ström has de­manded that Is­rael is in­ves­ti­gated for sup­posed “ex­tra­ju­di­cial killings” of Pales­tini­ans. She seems obliv­i­ous to what the Pales­tini­ans were do­ing when they were shot. They were driv­ing their cars into crowds at bus stops, lung­ing at shop­pers with meat cleavers and stab­bing ran­dom passers-by. Does Mrs Wall­ström think it is wrong for any­one to use force when some­one is try­ing to kill them? Or is it just Is­raelis who she be­lieves should be barred from de­fend­ing them­selves? Mrs Wall­ström — for­merly an EU Com­mis­sioner — has be­come some­thing of a rent-a-quote Is­rael baiter since tak­ing up her cur­rent po­si­tion in Oc­to­ber 2014. Two months ago she linked the ter­ror at­tacks in Paris to the Is­raelPales­tinian con­flict, and in a Swedish par­lia­men­tary de­bate last month said that the Is­raeli re­sponse to the re­cent wave of ter­ror was “dis­pro­por­tion­ate”. Such dis­tor­tions would be ex­treme from a fringe BDS pro­tes­tor. From the woman di­rect­ing Swedish for­eign pol­icy, who has turned her­self into a fig­ure­head for the boy­cott move­ment world­wide, they are de­cid­edly un­be­com­ing.

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