13 years ago a similar case was dismissed by the then Swedish Chancellor of Justice, Göran Lambertz, who basically said “That’s how they talk in the Middle East:
“calling them apes and pigs, cursing them and calling for Jihad against them, emphasising particularly that suicide bombing is a very effective weapon against them. And the motivation of the JK? He thinks that these statements “should be differently judged and considered to be allowed/legitimate, because they are used by one party in an ongoing deep conflict where battle cries and defamation are contained as everyday elements in the rhetoric around the conflict”.
“In other words, the statements do not, according to the JK, break the Swedish law against incitement! If such is the ruling of the highest law in Sweden, it effectively legitimizes islamic antisemitism, which is really the first step towards a new Holocaust! This has to be virulently faught, by legal means.”
Let’s see how this plays out.
Pickthall: Shall I tell thee of a worse (case) than theirs for retribution with Allah? (Worse is the case of him) whom Allah hath cursed, him on whom His wrath hath fallen and of whose sort Allah hath turned some to apes and swine, and who serveth idols. Such are in worse plight and further astray from the plain road.
Imam attacked Jews during speech – prosecuted
Helsingborgs imam, Samir El Rifai, attacked Jews and called them “offspring of the monkeys and pigs” during a speech at Gustav Adolf’s square in Helsingborg.
The incident was reported to the police, among others by the Jewish congregation in Helsingborg.
Now Samir El Rifai is being prosecuted for hate against an ethnic group.
Samir El Rifai was at the time of the speech working at a mosque in Helsingborg. He held the controversial speech on July 21, two years ago, in connection with a demonstration organized by the Swedish-Palestinian Center in protest against Israel limiting the possibility of entering the al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem.
During the speech, Samir El Rifai will make several anti-Semitic statements. He has said, among other things, that Jews are the apes and the offspring of the swine and that the Jews are not waiting to deceive, they have done so against several peoples, and also against Mohammed’s people.
After the speech, three police reports were filed on incitement to the ethnic group. One of the notifications was made by the Jewish congregation in Helsingborg.
– It is especially worrying when a religious leader expresses himself, Josefin Thorell, chairman of the Jewish congregation in northwestern Scania, has previously said to Kvällsposten.
More in Swedish here.