A typical missive aimed at the Jewish state from Islamists or the likes of Ahmadinejad or your typical leftist state side anti-semite… but what makes this particularly blog worthy is that it’s actually something said by an Amnesty International leader who slipped up and in a weak moment allowed his bigotry to be unmasked:
On Monday the head of Finland’s branch of Amnesty International, Frank Johansson, termed Israel a “scum state.” Writing in his blog, which appears on the Web site of Iltalehti, one of Finland’s largest newspapers, he based his characterization of Israel on his “own visit[s], which occurred during the 1970s and for the last time in the 1990s.” Johansson further justified his rhetoric toward Israel because he has previously invoked strong language against former Pres. George Bush on Finnish TV. He called Mr. Bush “the biggest executioner in the Western Hemisphere.”
Turning Israel and the United States into whipping boys is hardly new territory among human-rights NGOs, but now a high-level official of AI has exposed his pathological obsession with rejecting Western democratic values. His biological language mirrors that of Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, who calls Israel a “cancer” that needs to be “removed.”
Once Johansson was caught with both hands deep in the anti-Semitic cookie jar, he offered the defense that “I am writing those [blogs] in my capacity as a private person, not as an Amnesty official.” However, on Iltalehti’s Web site, his title as “director of the Finnish branch of Amnesty International” appears above his blog.
He has since removed the offending post, turning back on the cloaking device used by so many Jew haters and this story will likely die quickly because in effect, cloaking Jew hatred is what the media does.
Yet for a moment, the light of truth was shown.