Margot Wallström speaking during a press conference in Kinshasa on October 6, 2010 (Photo credit Gwenn Dubourthoumieu/AFP/Getty Images)

Sweden demands investigation of Israeli extrajudicial killings of Palestinians

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The Swedish government on Tuesday demanded a thorough and reliable investigation into the Israeli killings of Palestinians, and whether they are “extra-judicial executions.”

The Swedish Foreign Minister, Margot Wallström, required examination of whether the killings that have taken place in the recent months of unrest between Israelis and Palestinians were extra-judicial and without trial.

“It is important to have thorough credible investigations into these deaths, in order to clarify and establish responsibility,” said Margot Wallström during a parliamentary debate according to Swedish news agency TT.

Leader of the Liberalernas Swedish party, Jan Björklund, said that the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein, also claimed that the killings were extrajudicial and unaccounted.

“In the context of suspected attacks, several Palestinians have been killed by Israeli security forces, sometimes allegedly acting with disproportionate force, to the extent that extra-judicial killings are strongly suspected,” he continued at the special meeting convened on the occasion of the Palestinian President’s visit in October last year

Wallstrom’s comments were denounced Tuesday by former Israeli foreign minister, Avigdor Liberman, as well as opposition leader Isaac Herzog and Chief negotiator Tzipi Livni.

Liberman wrote on Twitter that “The only thing the foreign minister of Sweden hasn’t done is physically join the Palestinian terrorists and stab Jews.”

“Given her conduct so far, we need to hope it won’t happen,” Liberman added.

According to the Times of Israel, Livni, meanwhile, urged Sweden to avoid “meddling” in internal Israeli affairs.

Relations between Sweden and Israel have worsened after Sweden in 2014 – shortly after Wallström came into office – recognized Palestine as an independent state, and blasted continuous Israeli aggression against Palestinians.

Following the Paris attacks on 17 November, the Swedish Foreign Minister, Margot Wallström  had made a connection between the ISIS extremism and the Israeli Occupation, causing feud between the two governments, that the Israeli Foreign Ministry summoned its Swedish envoy.

In an interview with Swedish TV channel following the Paris attack, Wallström said she is concerned that Swedish youth will be radicalized to fight for the so called Islamic State group (Daesh), and that the situation reminds her of Palestinians who resort to violence because they see no future for themselves.

Since the outbreak of the Palestinian uprising against occupation on October first, some 155 Palestinians, including 28 children and seven women, have been killed. On the Israeli side, some 21 settlers were killed in stabbing or run-over operatives, or mistaken Israeli fire.


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