Swedish party under fire for 'anti-Semitic links'

April 10, 2013 02:08

BERLIN – The Social Democratic party of Sweden – the country’s largest political party – has been accused of failing to confront anti-Semitism within the party’s ranks.

Omar Mustafa, chairman of the Islamic Association in Sweden who was recently elected to the governing board of the Social Democratic party, was the subject of an expose in the Swedish anti-racist magazine Expo for questionable ties to documented anti-Semites.On Facebook, Mustafa “liked” the page of Yusuf al-Qaradawi, an Egyptian theologian who has called for suicide bombings against Israelis.

In a recorded speech in 2009 on YouTube, Qaradawi justified the Holocaust, saying, “Throughout history, Allah has imposed upon the [Jews] people who would punish them for their corruption. The last punishment was carried out by Hitler.”

Mustafa also illicited criticism when he invited the Egyptians Salah Sultan and Ragheb al-Serjany to a conference in Sweden.

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