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Migration Board firing of pro- Israel blogger 'violated constitution'

TT/Charlotte Webb · 28 Sep 2009, 14:26

Published: 28 Sep 2009 14:26 GMT+02:00

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The action taken against Eriksson constituted a violation of his freedom of speech – and freedom of opinion, according to the Ombudsman.

“The constitutional protection of freedom of speech means that, amongst other things, the public may not take action against any individual who has exercised their freedom of speech. There are no grounds for an exception in this case,” the Ombudsman wrote.

In 2007, Eriksson was reassigned following a decision by his new supervisor, Eugène Palmér, who objected to Eriksson's pro-Israeli opinions and vocal admiration for the US army general George S. Patton.

Palmér suggested that, given Patton's “broken loyalties to his superiors,” significant doubts had been raised as to Eriksson's trustworthiness.

In accordance with Palmér's decision, Eriksson was first reassigned, and later fired.

The Ombudsman has openly criticized Eriksson's boss, asserting that “there were no legally viable grounds for the course of action Eugène Palmér decided upon.”

Building upon the ombudsman's critique, Eriksson has also pointed the finger at the Director General for the Migration Board, Dan Eliasson.

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“In light of the JO's decision, the government should now dismiss Dan Eliasson. No administrative authority should have a boss who allows for violations of the constitution,” Eriksson wrote on his blog.

The Mölndal District Court ruled in November of last year that Eriksson's demotion was invalid and that the Migration Board should pay damages in the amount of 100,000 kronor ($14,200).

TT/Charlotte Webb (news@thelocal.se)

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16:47 September 28, 2009 by vladd777
Good to know we have reliable Ombudsmen in the country!

But am still in the dark on how to view hamas..it would seem that the eu views them as 'terrorists' and the migration board calls them 'liberators' (see links above this aticle)


Am finding alot of surprising stuff in 'The Haj' by Leon Uris.

True it's fiction but the historic research is thoroughly done from what i've looked up.
16:54 September 28, 2009 by boby
The Migration Board should be cleaned. Dan Eliasson should be fired.

but I think the situation will get worse before it gets better. Right now the Islamists are on the rise. but every action wil eventually cuase a reaction.
17:54 September 28, 2009 by bettan1
Wow, this story ought to bring out alot of the brownshirts here today.

Wait a minute, I want to make some popcorn.
18:39 September 28, 2009 by Nemesis
The entire migration board should be fired.

Either it is acceptable for all political views working there or none. They can't have there cake and eat it.
18:41 September 28, 2009 by HejHej
thelocal.se seeking cheap popularity by raising controversial issues. The discussion can just bring more hatered comments and I feel now that what the local.se has been paid heavily for.
19:39 September 28, 2009 by justanotherexpat
A civil servant should be bound by a duty of silence in relation to ANY subject that undermines the position of the state. Note - I say the state and not the ruling government.

This particular civil servant has expressed a personal view on an extremely sensitive topic and as such deserves to be fired.

This whole freedom of speech nonsense should not apply when it comes to the civil service - too many people confuse "freedom of speech" with "freedom from consequence".
21:01 September 28, 2009 by Nutcracker
vladd777: No need to be in the dark about Hamas; Hamas is quite clear about its intentions: Article 7 of the Hamas Charter repeats, verbatim, as a goal, one of the most infamous verses of Hadith Muslim Bk 40, Nr 6985, well known to all Moslems since along with the Koran, the Hadiths (esp of Bukhari & Muslim, the most authoritative) are part of Islam's "holy" texts): "The Last Hour will not come unless the Muslims will fight the Jews and the Muslims would kill them until the Jews would hide themselves behind a stone or tree and a stone or tree would say: 'Muslim, or the Servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me; come and kill him..."

This goal of genocide isn't top secret; anyone (even a Migration Board official) can check it on the internet, and the implications, to nations and peoples, of persons belonging to that ideology migrating into Western nations which, after WWII, swore never to see such attempted genocide repeated on European soil.

If Palmer wanted Eriksson reassigned and then fired, solely on the basis of the latter's opinions and views re Israel & Gen Patton, then Palmer should be even more concerned with those migrants who espouse the sentiments supported by Hamas and vent their bigotry on the streets of Swedish cities and against Swedish people.
21:38 September 28, 2009 by ppk
Eugène Palmér should be fired !
22:05 September 28, 2009 by svenskdod
22:46 September 28, 2009 by code850
And no need to be in the dark about israel intentions: to destroy palestinian people and steal their land. If anyone critisizes israeli criminal actions he/she gets stupidly accused of being anti-semite. The israeli occupation of palestinian land, which is criminalized by the UN, and maintaining an apartheid system, which is admitted even by previous US president Jemmy Carter, must come to end. The UN wanted to stop Israeli criminal actions by over 80 resolutions all were vetoed by the US. Therefor, the palestinians has no other option but revolt.
23:04 September 28, 2009 by code850
Eriksson is the head of the asylum unit at the migration board. For this position you must be unbiased. Having strong political sympathy to israel and american army can not gaurantee being unbiased when dealing with asylum cases or other migration-related issues. Simply because most of Eriksson's clients originate from muslim countries. In analogy, we can not have a neo natie person in a position were he/she can decide on whether jews are allowed to build a synagog.
23:50 September 28, 2009 by totyis
Brownshirts or not, "cheap popularity" (says a reader who is contributing to it), islamofascists or islamofobs, right or left, white or black, osv. anyone has the right and the civic responsability to take part in debates, at least in the democratic societies. Therefore I congratulate TL for having the courage to expose facts and problems that other "politically correct" newspapers don't even dream to mention.
07:02 September 29, 2009 by wenddiver
When a Constitution protects Free Speech, it is unpopular and volatile sppech it protects as no one objects to speech that is popular and mundane. The supervisor shouldbe fired. As fo Hammas being a terrorist group, don't they call themselves one in their you tube postings??? They should know.
08:53 September 29, 2009 by Playmaker
I dont get people. if you agree with this story then you are a brown shirt. which in turns means you want to kill millions and millions of people manly jews since thats what they did, but on the other hand the same people get upset about being called anti-semite. sounds like double standards. the truth is many of people are anti islam which has nothing to do with hitler and his crimes at all. islam is not a race so it is not racist. someone also said since most of the asylum seekers come from the middle east then he should not have these views in public format. thats BS. that can change and it can be africans next year.many people should be fired.

one more thing i do know exatly what hammas want, but i do not read anywhere that the iserali govt. wants : to destroy palestinian people and steal their land. is not the iserali govt trying to put its former PM in jail for corruption. like to see that happen in hammas.lol
10:45 September 29, 2009 by engagebrain
Everyone is entitled to their opinions and clearly has the right to express them, unless they advocate illegal activity.

Civil servants during their hours of employment have to do the states business and keep their personnal opinions to themselves.

There is no suggestion that Lennart Eriksson had in any way failed to perform his duty as a civil servant.

If civil servants had to agree with the state's policies, or be sacked, there would be mass sackings every time the state changed its view.

At work you do your job fairly, in your own time you are free to have and act on your own views.
11:09 September 29, 2009 by HejHej
Isreal has been subjected to inflicting atrocities, massacres and genocide towards civilian population both in Lebnon and Palestine. But we do not see such an state-sponsored killing against civilians for a such a long time, in the history, as done by Isreal. All those who got killed were human first and then holding some kind of faith (Islam, Christian or whatever). It is one of the HIDDEN INSTINCT of humans to take revenge or protect themselves from a PLACE which happens to be a constant source of DESTRUCTION for them. The religion is just a MEAN to muster up scattered emotions and direct it to WIPE OUT the source of DESTRUCTION for them.
17:28 September 29, 2009 by vladd777
It seems the Brit Gov made bad choices after WW2 and innocent people are paying with their lives today.

Essentially I feel very sad for the kids in both camps because they can never enjoy their childhood to the full.

Some food for serious thought..

Jordan:Is it or is it not Palestine?

17:44 September 29, 2009 by Moshe
justanotherexpat stated:

"A civil servant should be bound by a duty of silence in relation to ANY subject that undermines the position of the state. Note - I say the state and not the ruling government."

Now I am starting to understand the meaning of Swedish free speech? Everyone has the right to freedom of Speech unless you are a government worker. Government workers are second- class citizens. It truely makes sense!

You also stated "This particular civil servant has expressed a personal view on an extremely sensitive topic and as such deserves to be fired." Oh, now I see the subject of "pro-Israeli opinions and vocal admiration for the US army general George S. Patton" is sensitive but to whom is it sensitive? Muslims, maybe or even worse, the Swedish press who preaches their hate to the Jewish people and Israel and say they are protected under the Free Speech clause of the Swedish constitution?

They fired the cobber because of their hate for Israel and nothing less.
19:33 September 29, 2009 by Playmaker
@hejhej "It is one of the HIDDEN INSTINCT of humans to take revenge or protect themselves from a PLACE which happens to be a constant source of DESTRUCTION for them"

that is what you said.

well 2 things

1.india and the blacks in america did not gain independce by violence.

2.did not 3 or 4 countries "try" to destroy israel and are still threatend by iran and hezbollha (what ever country they repersent). your comment can also go for israel right? and like i said before they are charging there former PM for coruption so i belive they have more morals than hamas. you never here of such a thing from them now do you?
21:11 September 29, 2009 by code850
Israel is immoral. The fact that former PM is being charged with corruption has nothing to do with morality, it's part of the political game. The entire world by all its different nations declared israeli actions as criminal and immoral embodied by over 80 UN resolutions. Displacing millions of palestinians from their homes, and actively preventing their return while recruiting hundred thousands of settlers, is by definition immoral action. Where is the morality when school boys get shot with a bullet in the head for throwing stones.
22:24 September 29, 2009 by boby
& Code850

Muslims have no right to call other countries or individuals 'imomorals'. The worst crimes are done by Muslim extrimests. Its enough to see the mass murder of muslims by muslims in Iraq to understand that.

Israel is treating the Palestinians with silk gloves. If the Palestinians would do what they do against Israelis (e.g. bomb busses, fire rockets on civilians etc) in one of their 'allies' countries (e.g. Syria, Jordan, Egypt) they would have stopped to exist many years ago (wasnt it king Hussein of Jordan that killed hunsdreds of Palestinisns in 1972 black october?)

Why are Palestinians 'refugees' for more then 60 years now? The Jews managed to build a nice country from the Holocaust. Palestinians first they tried to destroy Israel several times, and when they failed, they cry that they are the victim.
13:02 September 30, 2009 by Playmaker
good point boby and code850 i said they have "more" morales than hamas. and what should you do if some throws a rocks at you. i would not like it and who the f*ck throws a rock at a armed and dangouers soldier. esp. if you know they will shoot back.sounds stupid to me but then again muslims have not been know in recent years to be very smart and contribute to the world with tech., meds.,science or peace for that matter.
19:11 September 30, 2009 by sebseb
For you Moshe:

"I went to a villa in a suburb of Berlin called Wannsee." Said Netanyahu. "There, on January 20,1942, after a hearty meal, senior Nazi officials met and decided how to exterminate the Jewish people."

PM Netanyahu, if you are genuinely interested in 'extermination plans' you do not have to travel to Wannsee, Berlin. All you have to do is visit your IDF's headquarters in Tel Aviv. Your chief commanders will guide you through their IDF 'solutions' for the Palestinians. At the end of the day, it is your army that surrounds Palestinians with barbed-wire, it is you who keep civilian populations in a siege with inadequate food supplies and medicine. It is your army that poured WMD over the most densely populated neighbourhoods on this planet. While the real meaning of the 'Nazi Final Solution' (Die Endlösung) is still discussed by historians who fail to agree between themselves what it really meant, the true reality of the Israeli murderous solution has been seen by us all.

20:10 September 30, 2009 by Iraniboy
The local forgot to mention what does "pro Israel" mean!!

Some Pro-Israelis are those who defend Israel's right to have land on Palestinian land but some other defend Israel's open plocy of killing of Arab women and kids. The latter is racist is fits well to Ombudsmen criteria.
21:52 September 30, 2009 by Moshe

Wow, at the end of the day! Hey, mate, the day is coming to the end and "the true reality of the Israeli murderous solution has been seen by us all."

Did you come-up with by yourself or did your man come-up with it? I only say you and your man because you can't be speaking for everyone; therefore, you must be speaking on behalf of your significant other.

I never met a Swedish person before and I hope you are not a representation of the Swedish personality. I hope and pray, there are still a few people left in Sweden who don't think as you do.

Isn't there one person in Sweden who believes that Sweden is becoming more like Englandstan every day? For a humanistic society who doesn't believe in G-d, you let yourselves become overcomed by thousands of Muslims and they will turn your non-religious country into another Islamic UK.

Sebseb, when Islam takes control, you will not be allowed to come out of the closet. In a Christian society, no one cares but Islam will not tolerate such a life style.

Be a nice a cobber and don't let yourself be fooled by such lies you quoted to me.
00:12 October 1, 2009 by sebseb
Moshe, keep going. You show clearly, with your (non) arguments, what the mentality of zionists is all about. Och om du har aldrig träffat svenskar, vad helvete gör du här? Om du har aldrig träffat en svensk, jag är ganska säkert att du har aldrig varit i Sverige. Så, vad gör du på The Local for Abraham's sake?

Vem är du för att kritisera svensk regeringen ? Oh, yeah, sorry, you are a son of David and a lot of your ancestors died during WWII, so it gives you the right to go around and cry forever, decide what is right and what is wrong. It gives you the right to always involve muslims when you do not have arguments for your defence. I live in Sweden, I can confirm you that Muslims are not at all ruling the country. Sweden is a democracy and religion is not the base for dictating what is good and what is wrong.

Thanks for entertaining us by the way :)
04:30 October 1, 2009 by Jig
sebseb, the entertainment is evident in such an unwittingly ironic manner that much hilarity does indeed ensue; that it is entirely at your oblivious expense increases the whimsy exponentially!

Much can be gleaned about your and others' mentality: that of a viscerally rabid "anti-zionist" bent, comprised of an opposition at the basest levels to the very existence of Israel; a deranged and fanatical opposition to the merest hint of support for Israel; and a general opposition to Jews both locally and globally.

The ruse most commonly affected by persons such as yourself is to redefine reality in such a way as to create a vast and immense fabricated alternative world, founded in viscious hatred, half-truths and utter falsehoods, then scream bloody murder to all and sundry until such similitude is accepted by susceptible and feeble innocents. Your type screech and warble in endless anti-semitic fits of fury, regularly and predictably spouting hatred like so many geysers; a veritable pig in a poke of disgusting sanctimonious and perversed morality; adamantly denying at every turn that your vile racist slurs and dogma are such.

Your own utterances are evidence of such cruelty. Quoth sarcastically:

"you are a son of David and a lot of your ancestors died during WWII, so it gives you the right to go around and cry forever, decide what is right and what is wrong."

You assert that someone's ethnicity confers upon them a particular viewpoint. You are a racist. You continue:

"It gives you the right to always involve muslims when you do not have arguments for your defence."

You assert that Jews co-opt Muslims into an ethereal argument as a means to prove some unprovable point, as though Jews are shysters and tricksters willing to abuse innocent Muslims for their wicked cause. You are racist once more. You sanctimoniously end with (what must have been for you) a brow-furrowing, taxing, elucidative and eye-opening axiom:

"Sweden is a democracy and religion is not the base for dictating what is good and what is wrong."

Apparantly, race is the basis for dictating what is good and what is wrong, and the result is clear: Jews are evil and Jews are wrong.

We Brits have a long and proud tradition of fighting evil and supporting the underdog. We've always known that Europe is a madhouse of lunatics and fanatical ideologues. However, we'd generally felt that Scandinavians were the saner of the lot. Unfortunately, this reckoning appears to be premature: with the recent adventures of Aftenblot (sic) and its Jewish blood libel accusations that garnered some bemused press coverage, the immense importation of Muslims to a once secular land mass, the extreme far-left political climate, and overt anti-semitism, this view of Scandinavia as a peace-loving, liberal, kind, caring and safe society is being challenged daily.
07:16 October 1, 2009 by Moshe
Sebseb, you ask why the hell am I here.

I am here for the same reason you are here.

You stated: "Thanks for entertaining us by the way :)" No, thank you. It has been amusing reading your responses. Oh, yes, who is "us"? Ihr Mann und Sie? When, you and your mann conceive your first child, please don't give him/her/it home-schooling.

Be nice, okay. :)
10:15 October 1, 2009 by sebseb
Comment: Jig, "We Brits have a long and proud tradition of fighting evil and supporting the underdog" LMAO! You have created all the underdogs around the world. You have armed all of them and get them to kill each others. Your support is only based on geo-strategic relevancy and personal interests. You can spend all day putting big words in your sentences in order to call me racist, in the end, if you wanna call me racist with non arguments, you better just to it in simple words. I am not racist. Again, the only thing I am defending here is the right to a democracy such as Sweden and its government agencies to take decisions based on morality, principles and values. I am just demonstrating how people like Moshe are parasiting The Local when it comes to Israel. I am not Swedish, but I live in Sweden. I do not accept that whoever Moshe claims to be comes here and insult Sweden and play God on what is wrong and what is bad about Sweden behaviours. Oh, and for redefining reality, I would like to remember you, Englishman, that your people, such as Arthur James Balfour's declaration in 1917, totally redefined reality, pushed by the newly created Zionist movement. When Israel was "recreated", it was like if we had recreated The Ancient Greece or the Ancient Rome. Britain has in history played with borders, created conflicts, colonized lands, killed hundreds of thousands of people just to steel their natural resources. In Europe, we do not define ourselves as Christians any more. We are all human beings living under democracies, a nation-state, not a theocracy. We analyse geo-political relations with facts and with rationality. We care about the Human Rights and do not justified wars on false premises and unfounded fears.
11:14 October 1, 2009 by Rick Methven
Sebseb well said.

I am also getting fed up of the attempted Zionist take-over of TL's forums to push their views and to dictate to us who live in Sweden how we should think and act. Always the anti-Semite chant, or 'Muslim lover' , 'Racist, whenever any hint of criticism is made against Israel. People like Moshe only registered with TL after the Aftonbladet piece hit the headlines. Jig joined today!

Jig, Moshe, rather than spend your time and efforts slandering us who live in Sweden and pushing your agenda. Take a critical look at the policies of Israel. Look beyond the rhetoric of the Israel press and government and open your mind to the possibility that all may not be well.

Before you slander me with your Anti-Semite chant. I am NOT a Jew hater, I have Jewish friends and had an Israeli partner for 5 years. The difference between my Jewish friends and the likes of you, is that they are not blinkered and brain washed. They look beyond the rhetoric to find the truth and are not afraid to say that Israel can be wrong
16:58 October 1, 2009 by Moshe
Sebseb, you stated "Again, the only thing I am defending here is the right to a democracy such as Sweden and its government agencies to take decisions based on morality, principles and values. I am just demonstrating how people like Moshe are parasiting The Local when it comes to Israel."

Now, you know why the people of Israel didn't like your Swedish press "parasiting" off of Israel and the Jewish people with accusations that were not true or proven.

You fell for it! I "demonstrated" how people like you "parasite" off others because of your racist hate and you used "freedom of speech" as your defence.

As to Rick Methven, he stated he had Jewish friends. Wow, for what reason? To tell the world "look at me, I have Jewish friends, therefore I am not a Jew Hater." Rick, may I write to you in the "du"? You wouldn't know the Truth if It were knocking at your front door. You and Sebseb are both racists. You both preach hate and are great examples of what not to be. You yobs are amusing!
03:39 October 2, 2009 by Jig
sebseb, if you are unable to comprehend English, I suggest you do not attempt to communicate in English. Perhaps you could mouth off in your quaint little hubble hubble language.

You claim: "the only thing I am defending here is the right to a democracy such as Sweden and its government agencies to take decisions based on morality, principles and values"

But as I adequately demonstrated, albeit with words and ideas far in advance of your education and ability, you are a mere racist, a common-or-garden Jew-hater. It is a standard defence of you filthy racists to twist reality once more, to denounce their critics as "Zionists", as if that is a bad thing, or "playing the race card". That tactic can be seen for what it is: a perverse attempt to characterise the humane protection of human rights as a racist over-reaction - in effect, returning without any just cause the charges levelled at them right back at the accuser. This immoral and sickening game is a disturbing tactic played frequently by Europeans and Islamofascists.

Europe is approximately 10-15 years behind Britain in terms of race-relations, and it shows. It's no coincidence that European Jews suffer far more from anti-semitic attacks than British Jews, and that American Jews suffer even less. Europe is, after all, the home of Jew-hatred, Hitler its champion, Islam its successor. Staunch far-left fanatics begin foaming at the mouth in defence of Islam, a far-left atheist love-in with a far-right Islamic religion, their common cause the hatred of Israel, Jews, America, capitalism and freedom.

Stating such facts in Europe is tantamount to heresy: anyone who diverges from the far-left gauleiter strictures of "Israel bad, Jews worse, Islam great" is subject to the perverse moral inversion of being labelled a racist. "Zionism", a belief in a homeland for Jews, is perversely described as racist, never mind the fact that destroying the country of Israel and murdering all its Jewish inhabitants is Holocaust Mk 2. Such is the contemptible madness of Europe.

Rick Methven: perhaps you should read what your compatriot sebseb wrote, and how he attacked Moshe simply for being Jewish. You do know that Jews are a race, and Judaism a religion? Replace anything he said with Arabs or blacks and you will see how utterly backward and vile you all are.

I joined not to defend Israel, and I have not. As is in the gut of every Englishman, I object to unfairness. Seeing Moshe being attacked by wild Jew-haters merely for being born Jewish is not cricket. It's a shame you racist pigs don't see that.

It's time you arrogant blinkered far-left hatemongers grow up.

And if you don't like what we English have to say, don't have an English-language website. You do still speak your mother tongue, yes?
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