Last month Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom criticized Israel’s practice of “extrajudicial executions” for Palestinians who have wielded knives and said the Palestinians perpetrate violence because they see no future under occupation. The comments have caused a furor in Israel. My translation of an article by Israeli Nana 10:
BOYCOTT OF SWEDEN? 15 MAYORS HAVE DECIDED TO CANCEL THEIR TRAVEL TO A CONFERENCE IN THE COUNTRY
Following Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström’s contentious remarks about “Israel executing Palestinians without trial”, 15 mayors who were planning to fly to Sweden have decided to change their destination. “We want to learn, not to argue about politics”.
(By Akiva Novik and Eli Levy, updated 20th January 2016)
The remarks of the Swedish Foreign Minister, Margot Wallström, about Israel executing Palestinians, has caused great furor in the Israeli political establishment. Foreign Minister [actually former foreign minister Avigdor] Lieberman has suggested to boycott the “Ikea” chain, the Swedish ambassador was called in for an admonishing talk at Netanyahu’s [office], and many officials in Israel vociferously attacked her contentious words. It now appears that the calls for boycott are moving from words to actions, as 15 mayors from across the country have announced that they will boycott a conference that was meant to take place in Sweden with them forming a delegation.
The decision to cancel the flight, which was meant to land next March in Stockholm, was taken by members of the delegation last Tuesday. “We want to study, not to argue about politics,” said Shlomo Abuchbut, mayor of Maalot and member of the delegation.
This regards a seminar for heads of regions where new theories of management are learned. A preparatory session for the conference had already taken place in Israel, but this was before the diplomatic storm which erupted with the contentious words of the Foreign Minister. In light of this, it has been decided to change the travel destination of the mayors to Germany and Denmark.