Erkki Tuomioja is a throwback from the radical extremist Left of the 60’s. The rumpled suit, the scruffy beard, and the hat he usually wear on his unkept head, is all a part of his image, “the man of the people”, radical extremist Leftist people that is. The man has long been known here in Finland as having a major problem with the Jewish state of Israel. Tuomioja totally buys into the thinking of the likes of Noam Chomsky, Norman Finkelstein and like ilk, that the Jewish state is a remnant of the colonial powers and therefore needs and deserves, “special attention.”
He would never use that same logic however, where the Hashmite dynasty of Jordan is concerned, whose first ruler, King Abdullah, was crowned ruler of Jordan by the west after World War One, yet none of these cranks ever raise a voice against the Jordanians as being a product and puppet of the colonial west, just the Jews who are in fact neither. Why is that you may ask, pure anti-Semitism, the kind that the radical extremist Leftist, Erkki Tuomioja represents.
Good article Dennis, thanks for writing it. KGS
In a recent blog post, the incumbent foreign minister of Finland, Erkki Tuomioja wrote that “Netanyahu’s government took another provocative step by approving the building of 4000 new housing units in East Jerusalem.” Tuomioja concluded his post by stating that the union’s foreign policy must be uniform and the member states should contemplate “a readiness to influence Israel’s actions through other means if the building of illegal settlements continues.”
Tuomioja’s veiled threat should be seen in the light of his past comments regarding Israel. In October 2010, before his current tenure, Tuomioja signed an ICAHD petition in which 153 signatories declared their opposition to arms trade between Finland and Israel. Considering that the arms trade between Finland and Israel is significant, ending it would have a major impact on the bilateral trade relationship between the two countries.
ICAHD is an organization with close links to Norman Finkelstein. Finkelsten gained notoriety by praising Hezbollah and comparing Israelis to Nazis.
Tuomioja has also linked Israel with Nazis. In a famous interview in 2001, Tuomioja compared Israeli defensive actions to the Nazi persecution of European Jewry. This led many in Israel to demand that the then Israeli ambassador to Finland be recalled.