05 February, 2009

Swedish activist throws shoe at Israeli ambassador

It seems some kind of low-intensive warfare is developing between Sweden and Israel. A few days ago, a Swedish solidarity activist was shot in the leg with live ammunition by Israeli soldiers in the West Bank. And today, as a symbolic act of resistance against the Israeli occupation and military assault on Gaza, someone threw a shoe at the Israeli ambassador during a public lecture at Stockholm University. A red sneaker, to be more exact... (As always when Israel is involved, the war is highly asymmetrical.)

Here's the funny thing: While the first event didn't cause much concern in Sweden, I predict that tomorrow's newspapers will be filled with condemnations of today's terrorist act against the ambassador, which clearly constitutes an assault on Democracy itself. But shooting unarmed civilians protesting Apartheid doesn't, of course.

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