Carl Bildt valgte å avlyse besøket i Israel og skyldte på at forhandlingene mellom Israel og palestinerne er i en sensitiv posisjon. Men den virkelige grunnen skal ha vært organtyveri-artikkelen i Aftonbladet. Bildt har nektet å fordømme den.
Men vinden blåser ikke i Sveriges favør. En gruppe amerikanske kongressrepresentanter ba fredag utenriksministerene i EU om å fordømme artikkelen. Sverige har for tiden formannskapet. Det gjør hans posisjon enda mer penibel.
«We at the U.S. Helsinki Commission are dedicated to upholding human rights, particularly freedom of the press,» said U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, a Democrat from Maryland, who is chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe.
«But with freedom of the press comes responsibility. And when major press outlets fail to meet their responsibility, and instead raise the specter of racism or anti-Semitism, then public officials are duty bound to speak out and condemn such blatant falsehoods. I commend Sweden’s Ambassador to Israel for fulfilling this duty.»
Meanwhile, on Thursday, additional U.S. officials wrote a letter to Sweden’s prime minister, urging him to condemn the article.
«Given the far-reaching implications for this article, which raises the unfortunate specter of similar blood libels and spurious charges that have been directed at Jews throughout the centuries, it is critical that your government unequivocally repudiate and reject the heinous allegations expressed in this article,» wrote Congressmen Robert Wexler (D-FL) and Elton Gallegly (R-CA), members on the Subcommittee on Europe, in a letter to the Swedish prime minister.
The congressmen added that it is essential for Sweden, which currently holds the rotating presidency of the European Union, to set an example for the EU and condemn the article as blatant anti-Semitism.
«It is essential that this vitriolic article not be used by anti-Semites, anti-Israel advocates, and extremists as an excuse to commit acts of violence and terrorism against the Jewish community in Sweden or internationally,?» the letter stated.
Nettopp på grunn av Sveriges fortid svir det å høre at Aftonbladet har vært med å spre antisemittiske myter.
Den spanske utenriksminister våget nylig det Bildt sier han ikke kan: han fordømte et intervju som avisen El Mondo har hatt med revisjonisten David Irving.
Unlike Sweden’s unwillingness to condemn the content of the article in the tabloid, Spain’s Foreign Minister Miguel Moratinos condemned the decision of a Spanish daily, El Mundo, to publish an interview with convicted Holocaust denier David Irving.