OUTRAGE: Swedish FM calls to probe Israeli violence against ‘Palestinians’ in recent terror wave
Space Minister Ofir Akunis responded to the the claims, saying that an investigation should be conducted instead on “how a woman who so bluntly hates Israel was elected as foreign minister.”
STOCKHOLM – Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom called on Tuesday for an investigation to determine if Israel was guilty of extrajudicial killings of Palestinians during the recent wave of violence there, local media reported.
The comments were the latest in a series of statements by Wallstrom that have irked Israeli authorities. Ties between Sweden and Israel nose-dived after Sweden announced its recognition of a Palestinian state shortly after Wallstrom’s center-left Social Democrats won general elections in 2014.
She deepened the rift last year by describing Palestinians’ plight as a factor leading to Islamist radicalization.
“It is vital that there is a thorough, credible investigation into these deaths in order to clarify and bring about possible accountability,” Wallstrom said during a parliamentary debate, according to news agency TT .
Rights groups have accused Israel of using excessive force to quell the unrest.
The United States, the European Union and the United Nations have all expressed concern, saying that while they recognize Israel’s right to self-defense, restraint is necessary to ensure the violence does not escalate further.
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