FOR someone fixated about being the target of ‘fake’ news, Donald Trump can hardly feign surprise for being characterised as a buffoon by his legion of detractors after suggesting a terror incident occurred in Sweden last week, which the Swedes claim no knowledge of.
  The President made the gaffe at a rally in Florida on Saturday, when he said, “You look at what’s happening in Germany, you look at what’s happening last night in Sweden.
   “Sweden! Who would believe this? Sweden! They took in large numbers. They’re having problems like they never thought possible.”
   With typical Scandinavian froideur, the country’s foreign ministry denied any “terror-linked major incidents” last Friday, prompting former Prime Minister, Carl Bildt – notorious for once comparing Bibi Netanyahu to Hamas – to Tweet, “Sweden? Terror attack? What has he been smoking?”
   Yeah, yeah…The Donald’s just put his mouth into drive again, while his brain was parked in neutral.
   And not even a qualification by a White House spokesperson that Trump was talking about rising crime and recent incidents in general in the land of smorgasbord and flat-pack, not a specific issue, couldn’t douse the derision.
   The POTUS himself said he was referring to a segment on Fox News, which reported Sweden had welcomed over 160,000 (mostly male) asylum-seekers last year – mainly from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan – but only 500 had found jobs. The piece, which was illustrated with clips of broken windows and fires, went on to conclude that a surge in gun crime and rape had coincided with the influx.
   Trump’s only mistake, then, was citing an incident as “happening last night”. He simply picked the wrong date.
   But he isn’t entirely wrong: Sweden is certainly floundering under a shockwave of violence; the huge uptick is almost entirely due to incomers from Islamic states; and the right-on, far-Left government is in hypocritical denial over it, abetted by a pliant media complicit in ignoring what is no less than a game-changer for Swedish societal norms.
   The nation that grew rich from no-shows in two world wars is no longer the social democratic utopia of long repute, as any native Swedish realist will privately attest. Its liberal values are being deconstructed by any egregious means, simply because of its government’s naïve, misbegotten, over-generous good intentions, the road to which leads to…well you know where.
   As I wrote last year, Malmö – the third, largest city (population: 342,000) – has become the Mecca of Swedenistan, where Islamists go unchallenged, where Jewish cemeteries have been repeatedly desecrated, Jewish worshippers abused going to and from shul, and Jews in the street are targeted with anti-Semitic insults by men of ‘dark and foreign’ appearance.
   Malmö, however, is merely a symptom of how ingrained the disease of bigotry has rooted in what was once one of the most tolerant countries on earth.
   Worse still, in tandem with soaring Muslim influence, Sweden’s radical leadership has become Europe’s foremost slanderer of Israel and, by association, Jews, as evidenced by its media.
   One stand-out example was the violently anti-Semitic op-ed in Dagens Nyheter – one of Stockholm’s most influential newspapers – echoing the Nazi daily, Der Stürmer, with its repulsive headline, “It is allowed to hate the Jews”.
   At least, Swedish Jew bashing is taken seriously in Israel.
   Last year, Prime Minister Netanyahu presented to the Knesset an updated map of Israel's friends and enemies.
   Only five countries, he said, are openly at war with the Jewish state: Iran, Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and North Korea.
   In contrast, there are more friendly nations, many from non-Muslim Africa.
   Netanyahu then named and shamed Israel’s “non-friends”. And, for the first time, on the list of infamy was an EU member: Sweden, notably the first in the bloc to recognize ‘The State of Palestine’.
   The only surprise was another Club Scandinavia associate wasn’t: Norway, which, shamefully, surpasses Sweden in its unhinged anti-Semitism.
   In January, the popular Aftenposten newspaper published an article about Jared Kushner, Donald Trump's son-in-law and adviser, speculating, “The Jew Kushner reportedly pushed for David M. Friedman as the new ambassador to Israel”.
   Earlier, the city councils of Trondheim and Tromso urged residents to boycott Israeli goods, while, in 2015, Norway’s largest bank, DNB issued a credit card embossed with an anti-Semitic caricature implying Jews control money.
   Worse, according to a poll, more than 40% of Norwegians already boycott Israeli produce or are in favor of doing so. 
    Astonishingly, there’s hardly a crevice of Norwegian society that isn’t pervaded by hostility to the Jewish state.
   In the arts, the national theatre urged a ban on Israel’s national theatre, Habima, claiming Israel was “based on ethnic cleansing, racism, occupation and apartheid” and a festival in Oslo rejected an Israeli documentary about disabled children.
   In academia, Leftist anti-Semite, Johan Galtung – ironically dubbed the “father of Norwegian peace studies” – falsely inferred links between mass-murderer Anders Breivik and the Mossad, while Norwegian universities refused to host Alan Dershowitz speaking about the Middle East.
   One seat of learning even proposing a nationwide shunning of Israeli academics, which, if approved, would be the first in European since the Nazi banned Jewish professors.
   And, in organised labour, the EL&IT union, which represents workers in the energy and telecoms sectors, has demanded a boycott of Israel's national union, Histadrut.
   However, these instances are just the tip of Norway’s Jew-hatred iceberg and, as the Gatestone Institute’s Giulio Meotti says, “Hate for Israel has become a real obsession in Scandinavia, which revived the glorious partnership between the liberal ‘useful idiots’ – the ones concerned about equality and minorities – and Islamists, the ones concerned about submission and killing infidels.”
   Boycotts, though, are a two-way street. So the next time you’re tempted to buy Norwegian gravidlax or a bottle of Swedish vodka, you might like to think who or what is gaining from it.

 

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