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February 02, 2003

Action: Let the Swedes Know

The Jerusalem Post ran a troubling item today [February 2, 2003] concerning a new Swedish attack on Israel.

Please join me in letting the Swedes know how you feel about this issue. My letter, sent to the Swedish Embassy in Ottawa, is enclosed below.

Date: Sun, 2 Feb 2003 18:58:57 -0500 (EST)
From: "Joseph Alexander Norland"
Subject: Statements by Sweden's foreign minister

Ottawa, February 2, 2003

For the attention of the Swedish ambassador to Cananda


I would appreciate it if you conveyed the following comments to your government.

A news story released today at the website,

reports, inter alia, a statement made by the Swedish foreign minister:

"I fear that the Palestinian people soon will lose all hope of an independent state, and that Israel will lose its moral values. Israel is a democracy balancing on a thin line."

Other insults followed.

As an ambassador from OLD EUROPE, you are probably totally unaware of the anger that is developing in North America against your country and its OLD EUROPE partners. Let me assure you, then, that this anger is very real and growing. Ordinary people like myself, with whom you have no traffic, consider Israel to be our sister-democracy and we are utterly amazed at your relentless campaign against the one democracy in the Middle East.

Coming from Sweden, a country that didn't even join the Allies in World War II (but apparently profited greatly from trading with Nazi Germany), the statements by your foreign minister are quite remarkable, to use a British understatement.

I wish to express my strong disagreement with your government and intend to use my website to re-issue a call for a boycott of anything and everything Swedish.

Sincerely yours,

Joseph Alexander Norland
Ottawa, Ontario

Contributed by Joseph Alexander Norland. This piece is cross-posted on IsraPundit and Dawson Speaks.