The August 17th article by Swedish photojournalist Donald Boström on longstanding suspicions amongst Palestinians that Israeli soldiers could have been involved in an illegal organ harvest conspiracy has expectedly sparked protracted controversy and acrimony between the governments of Israel and Sweden.
With their exasperated and precipitate reactions, Israel officials once again underscored the accuracy and precision of an analogy made by the late founder of Iran's Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini who likened the Israel's stability to a "Spy Nest" some 30 years ago.
Although it did not transpire to be puzzling enough that the Israeli officials may find their tremulous reputation tarnished by a simple article in a not-that-much-world-renowned press outlet out of thousands of newspapers, TV channels and websites which they've commissioned to serve as the Israeli spokespersons around the globe, the explicit and blatant exercise of triple, let alone double standards by the Israeli-allied media outlets, journalists and politicians has begun to shock me incessantly.
The multilateral attacks on the poor freelancer journalist, however, rang the alarms to inform us about the profound influence of outdated, demagogic and obsolete instrument of "anti-Semitism" accusation which I'd once explicated in details, and the blindfolded assumption that every piece of criticism against the government of Israel should be condemned as "defamatory, anti-Judaic and racist". Although I've long severed my hopes from the Iranian officials and politicians, I should confess that they've prudently pinpointed the roots of what they refer to as the "global Zionism"; a notion that Israel is the superlative country and everyone who dares to challenge its illegitimate crimes should be tampered under media assault.
Look at the bitter reality that how a powerful lobby can simply attribute any criticism to the self-invented labels such as "anti-Semitism", deviate public attentions from the context of what's being challenged and imply that an "oppressed", "subjugated" and "browbeaten" country such as Israel which has historically undergone "unjust judgments" and "blood libels" should be immune to any criticism just in order to avoid provoking anti-Semitic sentiments. Per Ahlmark, the former Deputy Prime Minister of Sweden and the member of Swedish Committee Against Anti-Semitism says in his 2004 book "Det är demokratin, dumbom" that "Aftonbladet is of course worst among the big newspapers when it comes to both playing on anti-Semitic strings and then denying that they have done so".
The very fact that there should exist a committee against "anti-Semitism" in the majority of European and North American countries demonstrates the egocentric and supercilious nature of this regime. Why there isn't on earth a single committee to fight the growing anti-Islamic sentiments which the European states deliberately encourage and propagate?
What is the extra-imaginative force which instantaneously pushes the Ambassador of the same country to denounce and attack her fellow citizen in the face of an egotistic self-perceived resentment and anguish which an apartheid regime may like to complain about? Aside from the fact that I can't still digest Ambassador Elisabeh Borsiin Bonnier's remarks who "clearly" distanced herself from the article by Donald Bostrom, it should call our attention to the deep roots of global Zionism which specifically puts people in a metamorphic process and produces a transformed mindset at the end.
In a Wall Street Journal opinion article on September 2, Mr. Roland Poirier Martinsson, who seems to have come to the help of Sweden's reputation which supposedly has been blemished by keeping aside from condemning a simple critical article in one of its numerous press outlets, we read: "Such is the climate that allows Scandinavia's largest daily to function as an anti-Israeli publication" and The Globe and Mail writes in its editorial on the same day that: "It is not the government's role to denounce the nonsensical ramblings of a free society. By acting as if it is, Israel gives succor to those who oppose free speech … as when a Danish newspaper cartoon that depicted the Prophet Mohammed led to demagogic protests in the Muslim world. As a democracy, Israel should not descend to that level."
The agonistically conscious exertion of double standards is crying out of the statements in the articles by the revered journalists. How deplorable is the comparison of offensive cartoons against an Abrahamic Prophet which some 1.5 billion people follow with the critical article that simply questions the violation of international law in a country out of UN's 193 member states.
What leads the Italian Foreign Minister to call his European counterparts to denounce the article collectively, and which unknown force drives the Swedish Ambassador in Israel to apologize for what she is not responsible for? Has anyone from the German officials ever apologized for the heartrending murder of Marwa El-Sherbini before the eyes of an official court in Dresden on July 1, 2009? Did Mr. Franco Frattini call his counterparts throughout the European Union to send a simple message of condolence or warn against the growing Islamophobia in Europe? Who is in majority? 1.5 billion Muslims around the world or 13 million Jews?
Thousands, yet millions of articles full of derogatory statements and accusations against the Iranian people and authorities get published in the European and American media outlets each week; they unambiguously call the Iranian nation terrorist and their president a liar, a fraud and a hypocrite. The allegations of Iranian prisoners being rapped in jail has been widely circulated all over the world, without anyone brining a single paper as evidence or document; however, neither The Globe and Mail nor the Wall Street Journal nor NY Times nor Washington Post never felt guilty of falsely spreading something which they don't have any evidence for; they didn't think of a possible anti-Iranian or anti-Islamic sentiment which might be ignited baselessly
How many articles do you need me to name in which the Iranian nation is unequivocally called "terrorist"? Doesn't it move anyone to call 70 million people terrorists collectively? What does this sumptuous, invincible, authoritative and egotistical Zionist elite have in hands which makes it so impervious and influential to change the headlines of world newspapers and elicit apology from a Swedish Ambassador?
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Original article published on Sep. 12, 2009
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