Swedish Muslim Social Democratic Politician Resigns After Islamist Ties Are Exposed
April 15, 2013
Swedish Muslim Politician Resigns Over Anti-Jewish Allegiances
A Muslim Swedish politician resigned from his post on Sunday after coming under intense scrutiny for holding anti-Semitic views.
Omar Mustafa, head of Sweden's Islamic Association, who was elected last week in Stockholm to the Social Democratic Party's governing board, announced his resignation amid allegations of anti-Semitism, sexism, and homophobia.
According to reports, Mustafa "liked" the Facebook page of Yusuf al-Qaradawi, an Egyptian theologian who has called for suicide bombings against Israelis and has justified the Holocaust, calling it "Allah's punishment" against the Jews for "their corruption."
In 2011 he reportedly tweeted that Sweden should send fighter planes to attack Israel rather than targeting the regime of Libya's Muammar Gaddafi as part of the 2011 NATO campaign to protect the civilian population. Furthermore, the Islamic Association, of which he is a member, also reportedly refuses to recognize the equality of the sexes and aligns itself with Islamists known for espousing anti-homosexual ideologies.
Mustafa released a statement over the weekend announcing his resignation, maintaining that the "party leadership believes that having a mandate within the party and within Muslim civil society is incompatible."
"The party leadership's view isn't only regrettable, it's also a frightening signal to Muslims and other Social Democrats who are people of faith," Mustafa wrote in an open letter. "I therefore feel that the party leadership doesn't have confidence in me and have forced me to resign from all my duties in the party."
Mustafa maintained that he had become the victim of "unfounded attacks and conspiracy theories about Islam, Muslims, and Muslim organizations". Despite leaving his duties with the party, Mustafa vowed to continue working within Muslim civil society for "justice, equality, and human rights." "I plan to continue my work with Swedish-Muslim identity, against racism in all its forms, and for a more just national and international policy," he wrote.http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/167131