The Centre Party has yet to distance themselves from this candidate’s statements.
UPDATE II: Scroll down for more: Finnish state media finally reports on Hussein after Tundra Tabloids story gets international media attention. First picked up by the JTA. Center Party secretary Timo Laaninen apologizes.
I reported on this story on March 30, 2015. It’s a total double standard, the Finnish media will treat this story like it never happened, wrong ethnicity. If it were Finns Party candidate for re-election, Jussi Halla-aho, saying that Somalis systematically murder their children, and during an election cycle…well…it would news 24/7.
UPDATE: The moron was a recipient of the Finnish PEN’s Freedom of Expression Award for 2015, get this, for:
for his activity in the fields of equality and multiculturalism, business, and politics
A candidate for Finland’s Center Party said Israel is systematically murdering Palestinian children, women and elderly people.
Abdirahim Hussein, a former chairperson of the Center Party’s youth division, made the statement last week in a blog post about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, according to the Tundra Tabloids website.
“We have for the last few years witnessed brutal actions in which children, women and the elderly having been systematically murdered. This all happened less than a year ago,” wrote Hussein, who was born in Somalia in 1978 and immigrated to Finland in 1994.
Israel has maintained that it sought to avoid civilian casualties in its war last summer with Hamas in Gaza following the Islamist group’s firing of rockets into centers of civilian population in Israel.
The Center Party is one of Finland’s largest with 36 seats in parliament out of 200. Hussein, a journalist and social activist, is currently running for the party’s 13th slot in this month’s parliamentary elections.
YLE state media CenterParty Secretary responds:
–That kind of language is not really suitable to the traditional moderate style of representation for the Center Party. We don’t believe it’s good to label a state in friendly relations with us in that way. It is not constructive, that one party blamed in this way, Laaninen says.
Laaninen intends to repeat his criticisms also to the candidate himself.
– The next time I meet with the candidate, I will take the matter up, the Laanin says.