The Tundra Tabloids spoke with Ilya Meyer this afternoon, he is the man who first broke the news about Lennart Eriksson’s unlawful demotion within the Swedish Migration Board last month. What was Eriksson’s fall from grace you might ask? Well, he had been caught expressing (the shock and horror of it all) pro-Israel sentiments on his website!
The reasoning goes, that as a Swedish bureaucrat, he should have supposedly known better than to not appear impartial. But wait, it’s apparently A-OK to have political opinions if you’re PRO-PALESTINIAN!
The Haaretz picked it up and reports on it here:
Eriksson says that at least one of his former colleagues, Arne Malmgren, is a veteran pro-Palestinian activist working against human rights violations in the West Bank and Lebanon. Malmgren and his wife, Birgitta Elfstrom – who also worked at the board until retiring recently – are quoted in the international media in this context.
The board never approached Malmgren on this issue and has even recently promoted him, says Eriksson. Press officer Andersson would only say on this issue that “Mr. Malmgren has not been promoted to a position as head of any unit.”
See how that works?! In Swedish bureaucratic circles, being anti-Israel guaruntees the government worker a good working atmosphere, slaps on the back and even promotions! Being pro-Israel will just send your bureaucratic career into a tailspin.
Israel’s former ambassador to Sweden, Zvi Mazel, said he was not surprised by the incident. “The people who fired Eriksson took the lead from a prevalent anti-Israel atmosphere in Sweden’s corridors of power,” he said.
Dr. Mikael Tossavainen, a Swedish-born researcher at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, said he considered the incident a danger to free speech.
Upon hearing about the case, the vice chair of the Sweden-Israel Friendship Society, Ilya Meyer, launched a public campaign to raise awareness about what he calls political persecution apparent in Eriksson’s case.
“If someone from another country had suffered the treatment to which Eriksson has been subjected, the victim would be granted political asylum in Sweden on the grounds of political persecution,” Meyer said.
Sweden is well known for its anti-Israel biases, kudos to Lennart Erkisson for sticking to his guns, and to Ilya Meyer for helping to bring it to all our attention. Ilaya is a dear friend of the TT, and stalwart supporter of the Jewish state of Israel. Mazel Tov! More here. *L* KGS