The JPost article gives a shout out to the Tundra Tabloids.
UPDATE: News round up
The Finnish Ambassador to the United States has been already contacted by the Simon Weisenthal Center over Pertti Salolainen’s antisemitic remarks on state TV. The SWC has the story up on its webpage here.
NOTE: Lets see how soon the Finnish media begins to report on this scandal, what form the reporting takes (circling the wagons), and what becomes of it. Will the part-time antisemite Pertti Salolainen retain his position, or will he be removed with official apologies coming from the Finnish Ministery of Foreign Affairs over the scandal?
Also, what about the Finnish state broadcaster’s (YLE) role in the televised scandal? The network allowed the antisemitic canard to go unchallenged, as did the Social Democrat and The Finns representative.
Finnish politician: Jews control money, media in US
JPost: Pertti Salolainen says Jews cause US to be “afraid” of neutrality in Middle East conflict; Finnish site calls him “part-time anti-Semite.”
BERLIN – Finland’s Vice Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee Pertti Salolainen asserted on Thursday that American Jews have vast control over the wealth and media in the United States and that impedes the US government from remaining neutral toward the Palestinians.
Pertti Salolainen’s remarks sparked sharp criticism from the Simon Wiesenthal Center, an international human rights group with its headquarters in Los Angeles, and the Finnish media watchdog website Tundra Tabloids.
While discussing the UN General Assembly vote to upgrade the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) to non-member observer state status on the state television program YLE Aamu TV, Salolainen said: “Now about the United States, it finds it difficult to take a more neutral stance on the Israel-Palestine issue because they have a large Jewish population who have a significant control of the money and the media. The US for internal political reasons is afraid to become adequately involved. This is a sad truth about US politics.”
Finland’s government voted to upgrade the PLO.
Mark Weitzman, from the Wiesenthal Center, wrote to Ritva Koukku-Ronde, the Finnish Ambassador to the US, “That such remarks can come from a pillar of the political elite in Finland is dismaying and astonishing; but that this remark was unchallenged makes it appear that such ideas are part of acceptable discourse in Finland.”
Weitzman continued that Finland joined the International Task Force for Holocaust Education, Research and Remembrance and “At this point, Finland must immediately act to show that it remains committed to these ideals,” by officially condemning and repudiating Salolainen’s remarks He called on the Finish government to take steps to remove the parliamentarian from any official position.
The pro-Israel Helsinki-based website Tundra Tabloids posted a translation of Pertti Salolainen’s comments and the television clip with a translation. Tundra Tabloids termed Salolainen “a part-time anti-Semite” and said he propagated a modern version of the notorious 19th century anti-Semitic document “Protocols of the Elders of Zion” with his diatribe of Jew-hatred and conspiracy theories.
When asked in early November by The Jerusalem Post if statements from Hezbollah calling for the murder of Jews and Israelis and praise for Holocaust denial are anti-Semitic, Pekka Marttila, from the Finnish Foreign Ministry, refused to answer.
Frank Johansson, the head of Finland’s Amnesty International office, caused an anti-Semitism scandal in 2010 when he labeled Israel a “scum state” on the website of Finland’s third-largest newspaper Iltalehti. In an interview with the Post, Frank Johansson, defended the term and said he would only apply it to the Jewish state and some Russian officials. He retained his job with the human rights organization.
“Nazi hunters irritated/mad/angry over Pertti Salonen’s words”
And also at the excellent Finnish blog: Smith and Wesson