Letter to the FM of Sweden from Gaza youth

Israel/Palestine
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Dear Mr Carl Bildt,

My name is Majed Abusalama. I am 23 years old and I live in the Jabalya Refugee Camp, Gaza. I was born during the first Intifada, raised during the second and “found my voice” during the brutal Israeli attack on Gaza in December 2008/January 2009. So many of my friends and family members are dead as a result. However, I have chosen the sentence “never look back” as a motto and I have decided to dedicate my life to a just peace in Palestine.

MajedAbusalama
Majed Abusalama

I have been asked to write this letter on behalf of the new generations in Palestine because my bewilderment and disappointment reflects theirs.

You don’t know me, but I know you. I know that you were one of the first high-ranking political figures to visit Gaza after the Israeli assault at the end of 2008. I know that in the aftermath of another Israeli attack, this time on the Free Gaza flotilla in 2010 (which left nine peace activists dead), you took the time to meet with the Swedish citizens who had been on board and publicly demanded that Israel end its siege on Gaza. I also know that you hosted Sweden’s first official welcoming ceremony for a Palestinian representative just two months ago, after upgrading his office’s status in your country from “general delegation” to “mission.” You have a long track record of fighting for the protection of human rights in the Middle East and in the world, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

That is one reason why, after I finished a speaking tour in about 20 European countries talking about the dreams of Palestinian youth, daily life in Gaza and the peace process, I spent much time in Stockholm. It mostly felt like home, and we successfully managed to collect donations, such as musical instruments, from the Swedish people for the people of Gaza.

But now, I — we — feel betrayed. I cannot describe the depth of our shock and feeling of abandonment when we heard that you had voted against Palestinian membership in UNESCO. It was like a slap in the face to me and to my generation. We are aware that your reluctance to recognize Palestine as a state now is based on your acknowledgement that there can be no independent state while the occupation continues. However, negotiations have gone nowhere for more than 40 years, and the siege of Gaza is in its sixth year. Just how long are we supposed to wait? Until the right-wing government of Israel decides to finally give us a truly viable, independent state, or at least rights that are equal to those of Jewish Israelis? Do you truly think that will happen without international action that makes it clear that there is no choice? If so, the lesson of history has not been learned.

As we watch our countrymen in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Yemen and Syria take their fate into their own hands, we feel it is time for us to do the same. By voting against one of our first independent steps as a people who want to be part of the international community, you signaled that Sweden is now siding with the paternalistic imperialism of the Western countries, led by the United States. Is this truly the message you want to send to the youth of the Middle East, who for the first time are taking the campaign for democracy into their own hands? Sweden has the opportunity to play a new and important role in the Middle East, as the U.S. loses more and more credibility. But if you follow the lead of the “bully minority,” Sweden will squander the reputation of a brave standard-bearer for the underdog.

The new generation in Palestine wants to live in peace, to have the opportunity to engage and trade with the world. We have the same dreams, really, as the youth of Sweden. And now, “Arab Spring” has given us the courage to do what we can to achieve those dreams, despite the ongoing occupation. Please don’t join with those who would crush those dreams!

I am looking forward to your response.

Sincerely,

Majed Abusalama

About Pam Bailey

Pam Bailey is a freelance writer and activist who has travels frequently to Gaza and is co-founder of a new nonprofit called New Generations for Palestinian Youth & Children.

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  1. pabelmont
    November 11, 2011, 3:20 pm

    A beautiful letter. Implicit is the idea that there will be no just and lasting I/P peace until the nations — and Sweden among them, perhaps leading them — create such a changed set of circumstances in the environment in which Israel exists (in the sea in which Israel swims) that Israel finds it more to its interest to withdraw the settlers, demolish the settlements and wall, and end the siege, and indeed end the occupation, and share the water than it has for 44 years found it in its interest to insert settlers and build settlements and wall, and impose siege on Gaza and continue the occupation, and steal most of the water.

    Palestinians cannot do it by themselves. They need help from outside. Sweden can and should help. How shocking that it does not.

  2. HarryLaw
    November 11, 2011, 3:40 pm

    The US administration said Palestine does not have the attributes of a state, also fearing Palestine’s admittance to the International Criminal Court and other specialized agencies, unfortunately for the indispensible nation this matter has already been decided by Palestine’s acceptance as a state into membership of UNESCO under the “all states” formula, and according to two leading International Human rights Lawyers Professor’s William A Schabas and Andrew Clapham nothing now stands in the way of Palestine acceding to the Rome statute except Palestine itself….He [the Prosecutor] should now move on to an assessment of the substance of the allegations that crimes under the statute have been committed in Palestine since 1 July 2002. Thanks to “Hostage” for finding this gem in an earlier comment from him, see link to humanrightsdoctorate.blogspot.com for more details on this.

    • Hostage
      November 11, 2011, 9:53 pm

      Days before the vote in UNESCO, the ICC Prosecutor noted that Palestine could pursue war crimes charges without full membership in the UN. He mentioned the option of obtaining an upgrade to observer state status, but full members of UNESCO also satisfy the criteria of the “all-States formula” employed in the language of the Rome Statute.

      Luis Moreno-Ocampo said the Court would react to what the UN decided in the matter.
      link to thestar.com

      The Legal Affairs Section of the UN Secretariat explains that the development of the Vienna formula occurred because of situations exactly like the current one, where a permanent member of the Security Council is abusing the veto:

      But when a treaty is open to “States”, how is the Secretary-General to determine which entities are States? If they are Members of the United Nations or Parties to the Statute of the International Court of Justice, there is no ambiguity. However, a difficulty has occurred as to possible participation in treaties when entities which appeared otherwise to be States could not be admitted to the United Nations, nor become Parties to the Statute of the International Court of Justice owing to the opposition, for political reasons, of a permanent member of the Security Council. Since that difficulty did not arise as concerns membership in the specialized agencies, where there is no “veto” procedure, a number of those States became members of specialized agencies, and as such were in essence recognized as States by the international community.

      — Summary of Practice of the Secretary-General as Depositary of Multilateral Treaties link to treaties.un.org

  3. kapok
    November 11, 2011, 4:10 pm

    Perhaps a “just war” must precede a “just peace”.

  4. mig
    November 11, 2011, 4:41 pm

    Fine letter by all means. Just a one little thing, Swedish PM now is Mr. Fredrik Reinfeldt.

    • Mndwss
      November 11, 2011, 7:12 pm

      The letter was to the FM, not the PM.

      Carl Bildt was PM earlier, but is now FM.

      The PM (Olof Palme) that supported the palestinians was assassinated.

      Maybe Carl Bildt and Fredrik Reinfeldt does not want to die just yet….

      • RoHa
        November 12, 2011, 12:12 am

        And FM Anna Lindh … ?

        Critic of the Iraq war, strong critic of Israel, stabbed to death by a “lone, crazed, knifeman”.

        And Folke Bernadotte, of course.

      • Citizen
        November 12, 2011, 6:06 am

        Seems it doesn’t pay to be a Scandinavian leader with a bone to pick with Israel. They should all be Johnsons?

  5. Oklahoma farmer
    November 11, 2011, 5:39 pm

    I was in Stockhom Saturday 4 weeks ago…first visit…one day…

    Very nice city…clean..walkable..people tall as hell..all slender…polite..purposeful walkers..non smokers (xsmokers notice this)..all-in-all a gracious nation with gracious people.

    I get home and Bingo! Sweden votes against admitting Plestine to UNESCO.

    What the s..t???? What was the humongous clue I missed? What hint of evil did I not see? Where was it?

    I want to go back and slap each and every one in the face and ask them what the hell were they thinking of?

    • libra
      November 11, 2011, 8:24 pm

      Stockholm is indeed a beautiful city though I would have thought there are proportionally more smokers there than in the US (Oklahoma perhaps excepted).

      That said, I’m sure the only reason they voted against Palestine’s membership of UNESCO is that they didn’t want Israelis to boycott their Nobel prizes. After all, who else could credibly win them?

  6. annie
    November 11, 2011, 5:54 pm

    great letter

  7. john h
    November 11, 2011, 8:47 pm

    “But now, I — we — feel betrayed. I cannot describe the depth of our shock and feeling of abandonment when we heard that you had voted against Palestinian membership in UNESCO. It was like a slap in the face to me and to my generation.

    Just how long are we supposed to wait? Until the right-wing government of Israel decides to finally give us a truly viable, independent state, or at least rights that are equal to those of Jewish Israelis? Do you truly think that will happen without international action that makes it clear that there is no choice? If so, the lesson of history has not been learned.”

    The lesson of history is that we do not learn the lessons of history.

    Palestine is a classic example that the lessons of the second world war have not even begun to be learned.

    Hitler came to power because of grave mistakes in how Germany was treated after the first world war (too badly and unjustly). Palestine is what it is now because of grave mistakes in how Jews and Palestinians were treated in and after the second world war (Jews too badly during the war, and then too well because of guilt, and Palestinians badly and unjustly as a result).

    Hence, Chamberlainism is alive and well, epitomized by the Israeli dog wagging the West’s tail decade after decade.

    Majed gives the answer, “international action that makes it clear that there is no choice”. Force is all Israel has ever understood, just as it was all that Hitler ever understood. Instead it gets immunity and Chamberlain-like platitudes.

    How pathetic this is. Even Sweden cannot vote for Palestine because “The PM (Olof Palme) that supported the palestinians was assassinated. Maybe Carl Bildt and Fredrik Reinfeldt does not want to die just yet….”

    Isn’t integrity and justice worth dying for? Instead, looking after number one is the name of the game. A good example is those SC cop-out abstainers (other than Bosnia). That’s what they say will help us get peace in our time?

    When will they ever learn?

    • Citizen
      November 12, 2011, 6:09 am

      john h, yep. Where have all the flowers gone? Well, Rachel Corrie picked up the White Rose.

  8. Avi_G.
    November 11, 2011, 11:44 pm

    I would be interested in reading the response from Carl Bildt.

  9. Kurt
    November 12, 2011, 4:29 am

    As a Swede, I am deeply troubled by this vote and offer my heartfelt apologies on behalf of Sweden.

    But the vote should not be construed as representative of Sweden, a majority of Swedes, nor of FM Carl Bildt. The vote was hijacked by the Swedish – so called – Liberal People’s Party. The Swedish UNESCO delegation is led by liberal minister of EU affairs Birgitta Ohlsson, member of the Sweden-Israel Friendship Association and as it so happens herself jewish. The liberal party has its roots in the Swedish free religious movements of the early 20th century and with this a strong attachment to Israel. For example, a former liberal party leader Per Ahlmark received the Defender of Jerusalem Award from the World Jewish Congress.

    The Swedish alliance government is deeply divided and the opposition unequivocally Palestine friendly. Presumably, the parliament has a solid majority for recognizing Palestine.

    This Google translate from a well known academic political commentator’s blog offers more context:
    link to translate.google.com

    • Citizen
      November 12, 2011, 6:11 am

      Kurt, thanks for your information.

    • LeaNder
      November 12, 2011, 7:33 am

      thanks, Kurt, and welcome on Mondoweiss.

      I was always wondered if there is possibly a slight anti-Swedish bias on the side of pro-Israel warriors, am I wrong? Which somehow fits with Majed Abusalama’s perception of support for Palestinians in Sweden.

  10. jonah
    November 12, 2011, 9:29 am

    “However, negotiations have gone nowhere for more than 40 years,”

    Lie. Negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians began a little over 20 years ago, and their failure is due primarily to the Palestinian refusal to reach a compromise of peace acceptable for the Israelis too. Up to the present day, Palestinians (the so-called moderates, sic, not to mention others) to refuse to sit at the negotiating table with the Israelis.

    “and the siege of Gaza is in its sixth year.”

    The blockade of the Gaza Strip began in 2007, after Israel had completely withdrawn from the strip and after the palestinian branch of the Muslim brothers in Egypt, called Hamas – openly hostile to the existence of Israel and Jews – had usurped the absolute power with violence, killing and driving out its Fatah brothers. That government has always been committed to the destruction of Israel, and promotes the smuggling of all types of weapons into the territory under its rule. According to the International Law, the blockade is thus legitimate, at least as long as Hamas and Co. will continue to pursue their nefarious objectives.

    This boy – and all those who agrees with his spurious arguments – is imbued with pure Palestinian propaganda and must first get his basic facts straight. Instead of complaining and blaming only others, he should do everything possible to ensure that the Palestinian youth grow up free from hatred and demonstrates a greater willingness for peace than its fathers – if he REALLY wants to improve living conditions and future prospects of his mates of the same ages. A task for life, indeed.

    • Potsherd2
      November 12, 2011, 9:43 am

      SOMEBODY here is imbued with pure propaganda, all right.

    • James North
      November 12, 2011, 9:50 am

      Another shift change at Hasbara Central.

    • MRW
      November 12, 2011, 10:08 am

      Jonah, you’ve been away for a while here. Read the archives. Or read Hostage’s profile page. He’s Jewish, so don’t worry. He makes mincemeat out of your arguments with documents and legal links, none of which you seem willing to provide. link to mondoweiss.net.

      • jonah
        November 12, 2011, 10:51 am

        Sorry MRW, I got to know Hostage in other threads, and the least I can say of his style and his endless lists of documents and citations, is that they are selective and misleading. Just what characterizes pro-Palestinian propaganda. There are instead objective and clear arguments in favor of the blockade of Gaza beyond sterile circumlocutions. This is what counts. By the way, did you not know that Gaza borders with Egypt and that, instead of developing a normal market, a great mass of arms enters the strip on daily basis, for the purpose of terrorism and war? Do you find it ok?

      • annie
        November 12, 2011, 11:05 am

        uh huh. sure whatever.

        btw, can you source your ‘btw allegation’ there at the end? the part about a great mass of arms enters the strip on daily basis, for the purpose of terrorism and war?

        thanks in advance.

      • Chaos4700
        November 12, 2011, 11:06 am

        I guess every reich needs to rewrite its own history. Until it becomes mythology, apparently.

      • Hostage
        November 12, 2011, 1:24 pm

        Sorry MRW, I got to know Hostage in other threads, and the least I can say of his style and his endless lists of documents and citations, is that they are selective and misleading.

        Oh yeah, the official documentary history of major foreign policy decisions and developments in international law published in the UK National Archives Cabinet Papers series; The UK Annual Law Digests; the US State Department Digest of International Law; the State Department Bulletin; the State Department Foreign Relations of the United States series; the Israeli State Archives Documents on Foreign Policy series; and Dore Gold’s JCPA Major Knesset Debates series are all chock-full of Palestinian propaganda (NOT!).

      • jonah
        November 12, 2011, 3:04 pm

        maybe this may convince you, annie?

        link to guardian.co.uk

        link to haaretz.com

        Is not true that the militant groups that dominate the Gaza Strip continue to amass missiles and other modern weaponry to use for the next round against Israel? On the model of Hezbollah in southern Lebanon? link to telegraph.co.uk

        I guess it’s ok for you, isn’t it?

      • Chaos4700
        November 12, 2011, 3:43 pm

        It’s no more untrue than the fact that violent Zionist militants are amassing missiles and other modern weaponry for their next attack on civilians. Up to and including nuclear warheads. Nuclear warheads. Actual nukes that actually exist. Thought that bore repeating and emphasis and such.

        So why don’t Palestinians have a right to protect their children? Is that a Jewish-only right?

    • annie
      November 12, 2011, 11:19 am

      The blockade of the Gaza Strip began in 2007, after Israel had completely withdrawn from the strip and after the palestinian branch of the Muslim brothers in Egypt, called Hamas – openly hostile to the existence of Israel and Jews – had usurped the absolute power with violence, killing and driving out its Fatah brothers.

      nope, 2007 was when they changed the name of the 2006-2007 economic embargo to the blockade. sort of like changing the name of the ‘civil war’ to the ‘war of independence’ the day after israel declared statehood on may 14.

      link to zionism-israel.com

      May 15, 1948
      Israel War of Independence (1948 War), Second phase begins.

      why is that important? because framing is everything. the economic embargo which began in 2006 wasn’t imposed because it usurped the absolute power with violence, killing and driving out its Fatah brothers..

      The 2006–2007 economic sanctions against the Palestinian National Authority were economic sanctions imposed by Israel and the Quartet on the Middle East against the Palestinian National Authority and the Palestinian territories following the January 2006 legislative elections that brought Hamas to power.[1]

      The international sanctions were terminated in June 2007 following the Battle of Gaza, while at the same time a new and more severe blockade was initiated by Israel against Gaza.

      iow the economic sanctions were never terminated they just limited it to gaza once the PA caved and agreed to go after hamas. the economic embargo was planned before the inauguration of hamas and imposed immediately thereafter as a result of the democratic elections.

      Lie.

      you’re an operative but you’re no match when pitted against the truth. you’re climbing an uphill battle. bring it on tool, your lies will be decimated here.

    • Hostage
      November 12, 2011, 12:54 pm

      Lie. Negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians began a little over 20 years ago

      On more than a few occasions you’ve forgotten:
      *the Jericho Congress in December 1948;
      *that Abdullah was declared the King of Arab Palestine;
      *that the Transjordanian Government agreed to the unification with Arab Palestine on 7 December 1948;
      *that on 13 December the Transjordanian parliament approved the creation of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan;
      *that the change of status was reflected by the adoption of this new official name on 21 January 1949;
      *that Israel concluded negotiations with both Arab Palestine and Transjordan when it signed the armistice agreement with the new entity, Jordan, on April 3 1949.

      • jonah
        November 12, 2011, 1:59 pm

        Yes, of course, Hostage, the young Gazan is exactly referring to the negotiations during and after the War of Indipendence when he is talking about “more than 40 years” of negotiations. As you have proven so often, always infallible in your judgement. Like the Pope :-))

      • Chaos4700
        November 12, 2011, 2:20 pm

        He’s right, jonah, and you are lying. It’s really that simple and no amount of tap dancing on gravestones is going to change what people recognize you as.

    • john h
      November 12, 2011, 2:24 pm

      Another pathetic hijacker with a name that fits, jonah.

      “This boy – and all those who agrees with his spurious arguments – is imbued with pure [Zionist] propaganda and must first get his basic facts straight. Instead of complaining and blaming only others, he should do everything possible to…grow up free from hatred and demonstrates a greater willingness for peace than [his] fathers. A task for life, indeed.”

      Whatever your age this applies to you and all hasbarists.

      “their failure is due primarily to the Palestinian refusal to reach a compromise of peace acceptable for the Israelis too”.

      What is acceptable for the Israeli robbers is that they take all but the crumbs and make no compromises to the owners.

      “According to the International Law, the blockade is thus legitimate”.

      Not so, and you know it. Read again what the Palmer report said about its own law validity; it changes nothing of what has already been ruled on the blockade. And as for international law and Israel, you also know very well where that ‘light to the nations’ stands.

    • tree
      November 12, 2011, 4:31 pm

      Lie. Negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians began a little over 20 years ago, and their failure is due primarily to the Palestinian refusal to reach a compromise of peace acceptable for the Israelis too.

      Jonah, no, you are wrong, and you don’t even know your Israeli history very well.

      From the Institute for Global Jewish Affairs, a Zionist oriented association (quoted for the information bit, not endorsing its bias), in a review of a negative book on Uri Avnery:

      Avnery achieved international fame and notoriety during the First Lebanon War when, on 3 July 1982, he visited PLO leader Yasir Arafat in his bunker in Beirut, which was then under siege by the Israel Defense Forces. This photographed and publicized meeting, which constituted an illegal act for Israelis at the time,, broke the taboo on encounters with Arafat. Indeed, Avnery met with leading PLO representatives, usually in Europe, from the late 1970s and throughout the 1980s, 1990s, and the past decade.

      link to jcpa.org

      From Uri Avnery himself, writing in Haaretz:

      In the 14 years that preceded that initial meeting, [in Beirut in 1982], I maintained regular contacts with the PLO’s leadership, though it was officially defined, at that time, as a terrorist organization, and identified with the arch-terrorist Arafat. I reported those contacts to Yitzhak Rabin, while he was was prime minister (1974-77 ).

      link to haaretz.com

      As Avnery makes clear there were negotiations going as early as the late 1960’s. But it was all back channel because Israel’s official position was that it wasn’t going to negotiate with the PLO, and it was ostensibly made illegal during that time (by Israel) for any Israeli to speak to anyone in the PLO.

    • Charon
      November 12, 2011, 9:43 pm

      jonah, take your last paragraph and replace “Palestinian” with “Zionist” and it actually becomes true.

      The history and facts are available from credible and reliable sources. In books, encyclopedias, scholarly articles, etc. Your bias is blinding you into believing the truth is propaganda. Zionists believe propaganda to be the truth even though it comes from biased and unreliable sources which can be debunked in seconds. Then they apply double standards, calling you out if you don’t have a reliable source.

      The problem is the cause blaming the effect. Israel whining about Hamas and Gaza is akin to a child rapist complaining about being molested by a three-year-old. I didn’t come up with that either, but it does describe your position perfectly. I/P is simple to understand… the Zionists are insane. That’s the problem.

  11. jonah
    November 12, 2011, 10:17 am

    “Another shift change at Hasbara Central”

    HAHAHAHA, great joke James. I will tell my chief of staff in the Mossad.

    • annie
      November 12, 2011, 11:03 am

      i didn’t know hasbara central was located @ mossad. i would have thought it was the foreign ministry.

      • jonah
        November 12, 2011, 2:37 pm

        But word “mossad” may impress more …

      • Chaos4700
        November 12, 2011, 3:44 pm

        “Impress?” Actually I think the word you’re looking for is “disgust.”

      • annie
        November 13, 2011, 6:54 am

        not around here.

    • Chaos4700
      November 12, 2011, 11:07 am

      Please, you’re probably doing this crap out of some Hillel Center somewhere on a US campus, right?

    • Charon
      November 12, 2011, 9:33 pm

      Probably a Toronto IP from some sort of JDL facility

      Laughing it off is a smear tactic. Blogs like these are likely to have a much higher reader to comment ratio. The HAHAHAHA is an attempt to make James North’s comment sound crazy for such readers, influence them to dismiss everything else that is said. It isn’t crazy when there really is a Hasbara fellowship who gets paid to write the same way as jonah. Still think it’s crazy? Need a more mainstream source? How bout an op-ed from the NYT:

      link to thelede.blogs.nytimes.com

      That’s just one example. Just google ‘hasbara’ for others. You wouldn’t expect a paid shill to admit it, would you? But you would expect them to laugh it off. To be fair, it isn’t entirely an admission of guilt. The usual hasbarists here generally just don’t say anything about it when called out. Then again, jonah did go on to say “But word “mossad” may impress more”

      Impress who? The readers who don’t comment. The smear thing again. The Zionists use the same tricks wherever they go, it doesn’t take long to learn their juvenile tactics.

      • annie
        November 12, 2011, 10:28 pm

        charon..check this out: link to mondoweiss.net

        Signs of desperation in the lobby

        by Philip Weiss on January 5, 2011
        Like 4 Retweet 6

        A bunch of jobs are being advertised by the rightwing shoppe, The Israel Project, Lanny Davis’s old outfit that is Israel-right-or-wrong. Why are they hiring so many people? I believe because they’re flailing, because public opinion is changing fast on the special relationship, and even the elites are quietly starting to desert, realizing that Israel is killing the U.S. brand. And now all the lobby has is money. But they sure got a lot o money. Interns, web masters, India affairs specialists… I wonder what kind of talent they’ll get. Hardliners. Monobrows and low foreheads. From TIP:

        If you are interested in applying for any of the positions listed below, please send an appropriate cover letter, resume and salary history to [email protected]. No telephone calls, please.

        Washington, DC Office

        Communications:

        Scheduling/Advance Specialist

        Web Master

        Web Intern

        Strategic Communications Intern

        Operations:

        HR Senior Generalist

        Development:

        Development Regional Managers, (Chicago Based, Florida Based)

        Development Specialist

        Development Events Logistics Assistant

        TIP Internship Program

        Jerusalem, Israel Office

        Development Coordinator

        Director, India Affairs

        Director, Russia Affairs

        Location TBD

        Director of Research and Content – Iran

        the jobs are out there for sure.

      • Charon
        November 13, 2011, 2:24 am

        I like how eee has the first comment in that thread saying “Usually when organizations hire it means they are doing well”

        I’m sure The Israel Project was doing so well just months after the flotilla incident and the original Goldstone report (before it was sanitized). So well that they had to hire web interns and strategic communication interns.

        This is why the joke is on jonah even if he isn’t a paid shill working out of some think tank. Because there really is an army of paid shills working out of think tanks. It’s not a secret and can be proven.

  12. Gien
    November 12, 2011, 6:19 pm

    I’ve been touched by this letter. But I’m afraid that Carl Bildt does not have ‘a long track record of fighting for the protection of human rights in the Middle East and in the world ‘.

    Carl Bildt was on the board of directors of Lundin Petroleum when this oil company was complicit in gross human rights violations and war crimes in Sudan. Please read Unpaid Debt. The Legacy of Lundin, Petronas and OMV in Sudan, 1997-2003. link to ecosonline.org

    • john h
      November 12, 2011, 8:44 pm

      Welcome to Mondoweiss, Gien.

      Your post makes me look forward to what else you have to say.

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