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Swedish FM accuses Israel of extrajudicial killings of Palestinians

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(Stockholm-AlummahWorld, Rabi`II 4, 1437, January 14, 2016) Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom called for an investigation to determine whether Israel was guilty of extrajudicial killings of Palestinians during recent violence there, local media reported.

Wallström's comments were made during a discussion at the Swedish parliament about the ongoing wave of violence and terror attacks raging in Israel.

According to a report in Swedish newspaper Expressen, Ms. Wallstrom was asked by one of the members of parliament, Mathias Sundin, why she doesn't issue strong condemnations against terror attacks by Palestinians against Israelis.

The comments were the latest in a series of statements by Foreign Minister Wallstrom that have irked Israeli authorities.

Ties between Sweden and Israel nose-dived when Sweden recognized the Palestinian state shortly after Wallstrom's center-left Social Democrats won a parliamentary election in 2014.

Wallstrom said she was against the stabbing attacks. "I think it's terrible, and it must not happen. Israel has the right to defend itself, to ensure its safety," she said.
 
However, she added that Israel's response must not be that of "extrajudicial executions" of the terrorists on the scene of the attack, or a "disproportionate response" that makes "the number of dead on the other side greater than the original death toll by several factors."

Rights groups have accused Israel of using excessive force to quell the protests. Palestinian and Organization of Islamic Cooperation , the OIC also condemned Killing of Palestinian by Israeli forces under the pretext of security threats and alleged knife attacks.

In late October last year, Sweden officially recognized state of Palestine and became first EU member in western Europe to declare the move.

“It is an important step that confirms the Palestinians’ right to self-determination,” the foreign minister Margot Wallstrom said in her statement.

The announcement was made after Sweden’s prime minister, Stefan Löfven, announced in his inaugural address to parliament in early October that his country would become the first EU member in western Europe to recognise a Palestinian state.

Seven EU member states have already recognised a Palestinian state – Bulgaria, Cyprus, Slovakia, Hungary, Malta, Poland and Romania. Non-EU member Iceland is the only other western European nation to have done so.