Democratic nations like Sweden have freedom of press which means the right to freely express nonsense and hatred. The Israel government and most sensible people are outraged at a story that appeared in the newspaper, Aftonbladet. According to the Afton bladet, members of the Israel Defense Force participated in the harvest of Palestinian organs which apparently were then were used in Israel. I am surprised a newspaper which seeks to be at the fore front of the latest news decided to publish a story that has been around a few hundred years. It is the old and well trodden “blood libel” story in which Jews lurk in wait in the dark for unsuspecting Christians, kill them, and then use their organs in their religious ceremonies.
The Swedish ambassador blasted the story as unbecoming one that should appear in a respectable newspaper. “The article in the Swedish newspaper, Aftonbladet is as shocking and appalling to us Swedes as it is to Israeli citizens. We share the dismay expressed by Israel government representatives, media and the Israel public. This Embassy cannot but clearly distance itself from it.” Well said, Ambassador Elisabet Borsiin Bonnier.
Naturally, the Aftonbladet shrieked to high heaven the principle of freedom of the press. No one seeks to ban the newspaper, but just as it has the right to print any form of garbage it desires, so do individuals have the right to criticize its sinking to the level of yesterday’s garbage. Let me put it this way, the editor of Aftonbladet can secure work by contacting the American Tea Party which also engages in spreading fear and hate.