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2 years ago  ::  Mar 20, 2012 - 5:11PM #1
rocketjsquirell
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An explanation of Swedish (and general European) anti-Israelism

A love letter to Israelis

Op-ed: Pro-Israel blogger tries to counter Sweden’s new national sport – bashing Jewish state

Whenever I visit Israel, people ask me: “Why do Swedes hate us so much?”

Let me take this opportunity to try to explain a thing or two.

In Sweden, where people know basically nothing about Israel, they seem to believe they know everything. The little they really do know they get from the media, and let me tell you that it’s not a pretty picture being painted there.

 
The way the Swedish media cover Israel is as depressing as the conflict between Israel and the Arabs itself. In fact, I wonder if I’ve ever read an article, in any way related to your country, that didn’t bring up the problems in the region. It’s as if Israel does not exist without the Palestinians or the conflict.

 

In Sweden, Israel can never win. Whatever the story may be, the media always find a way to turn things around and in the end, in one way or another, they manage to blame Israel.

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Reading any news related to Israel, the writer always grasps the opportunity to trash the Jewish state. For instance, while reading an article in a Swedish animal rights group’s newsletter, about the great improvement of animal rights in Israel, the writer also noted that while Israel is not known for its engagement for human rights, at least the animals are treated well. Needless to say, the article was most likely written by someone who never visited your country, someone who just read the headlines for years – in other words, the average Swede.

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Slamming and bashing Israel may be the new national sport in Sweden, at least in the media, but I still don’t believe that Swedes in general hate Israelis, Jews or the Jewish state – I believe that they simply do not know better. And how can they know if no one tells them?
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full article:
www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-42053...
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2 years ago  ::  Mar 20, 2012 - 8:22PM #2
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2 years ago  ::  Mar 29, 2012 - 11:20AM #3
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Mar 20, 2012 -- 5:11PM, rocketjsquirell wrote:

An explanation of Swedish (and general European) anti-Israelism

A love letter to Israelis

Op-ed: Pro-Israel blogger tries to counter Sweden’s new national sport – bashing Jewish state

Whenever I visit Israel, people ask me: “Why do Swedes hate us so much?”

Let me take this opportunity to try to explain a thing or two.

In Sweden, where people know basically nothing about Israel, they seem to believe they know everything. The little they really do know they get from the media, and let me tell you that it’s not a pretty picture being painted there.

 
The way the Swedish media cover Israel is as depressing as the conflict between Israel and the Arabs itself. In fact, I wonder if I’ve ever read an article, in any way related to your country, that didn’t bring up the problems in the region. It’s as if Israel does not exist without the Palestinians or the conflict.

 

In Sweden, Israel can never win. Whatever the story may be, the media always find a way to turn things around and in the end, in one way or another, they manage to blame Israel.

. . .

Reading any news related to Israel, the writer always grasps the opportunity to trash the Jewish state. For instance, while reading an article in a Swedish animal rights group’s newsletter, about the great improvement of animal rights in Israel, the writer also noted that while Israel is not known for its engagement for human rights, at least the animals are treated well. Needless to say, the article was most likely written by someone who never visited your country, someone who just read the headlines for years – in other words, the average Swede.

. . .

Slamming and bashing Israel may be the new national sport in Sweden, at least in the media, but I still don’t believe that Swedes in general hate Israelis, Jews or the Jewish state – I believe that they simply do not know better. And how can they know if no one tells them?
. . .

full article:
www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-42053...




I guess in Sweden they get the truth about Israel reported, unlike here in America.

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