Having taken the lead in Israel's onslaught against claims in a Swedish tabloid that Israeli Defense Force soldiers harvested the organs of dead Palestinians, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has now taken aim at Norway, charging the Scandinavian country of anti-Semitism.
"I was shocked to discover that the Norwegian government had decided to celebrate 150 years to the author [Knut] Hamsun who admired the Nazis," Lieberman said during an address to students at the University Center at Ariel. "He sent the prize he had won in 1943 to Joseph Goebbels and even wrote a eulogy to Hitler saying that he was fighting for humanity."
Lieberman continued his attack by saying that "I recall that during the Durban II conference, during the speech of [Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad, Norway was among the few countries which did not vacate the hall, and now it is clear that this is not by chance. I wonder, how far can they go?"
The Foreign Minister also talked about the tension between Israel and Sweden, and argued that "the most irritating thing" in the matter was the fact that the Swedish ambassador to Israel, who condemned the article in the tabloid Aftonbladet, was reprimanded by Stockholm.
"The ambassador's actions were a continuation of the tradition set by Raoul Wallenberg, who acted contrary to the position of Sweden during World War II," Lieberman said, adding that "the government of Sweden is hiding behind the freedom of expression, but I recall that when the caricatures of Mohammed were published the Swedish Foreign Minister wrote a letter to the Danish Prime Minister complaining about how troubling that was."
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