“It is regrettable that the Swedish foreign ministry does not intervene when it comes to a blood libel against Jews, [This] reminds one of Sweden’s conduct during World War II, when it also did not intervene.” – Israeli FM Avigdor Lieberman.
“No one can ask the Swedish government to violate its own constitution. Freedom of speech is an inalienable part of Swedish society”
Swedish PM Fredrik Reinfeldt.
Totally untrue, unsubstantiated hate speech , says this piece in the Jerusalem Post – an open letter to the people of Sweden.
Double standard, says this blogger, citing the Swedish Government’s reaction to the Danish cartoons.
Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu is also angry :
“We are not expecting an apology – we expect condemnation.”
The Swedish FM Carl Bildt says that anti-semitism is :
” the only issue on which there has ever been complete unity in the Swedish parliament”.
But he says freedom of expression is enshrined in the Swedish contitution.
There are no plans for an apology, freedoms ; of speech and the press are being cited.
But should they think again ? Does any government have the right to demand an apology from a private company – in another country ?