Stockholm – Omar Mustafa, the head of Sweden’s Islamic Association and a member of the Social Democratic Party’s governing board, resigned on Saturday from his post in the center-left party because of allegations of anti-gay bias, sexism and antisemitism.
The 28-year old Mustafa tweeted in 2011 that Sweden should send fighter planes to Israel instead of to attack the late Muammar Gaddafi’s regime in Libya as part of the 2011 NATO campaign to protect the civilian population. The Swedish social democrats elected Mustafa last week to their governing board in Stockholm.
After Mustafa’s election to the board, however, a mushrooming series of disclosures about his cordial words for Egyptian anti-Semites, his Islamic organization’s refusal to recognize equality between men and women, and invitations to Islamists who propagate hardcore anti-gay ideologies, sparked fury in the Swedish media and with the former head of the social democrats.
Mustafa “liked” the Facebook page of Yusuf al-Qaradawi, an Egyptian theologian who has called for suicide bombings against Israelis and justified the Holocaust, saying, “Throughout history, Allah has imposed upon the [Jews] people who would punish them for their corruption. The last punishment was carried out by Hitler.”
Responding to the resignation, Lisa Abramowicz, the secretary-general of the Swedish-Israel Information Center, told The Jerusalem Post on Saturday that she is “a bit surprised, since they [social democrats]were so adamant until just a few hours ago that as a social democrat he was by definition an anti-racist.”
Stefan Löfven, the head of Sweden’s Social Democrats, initially accepted Mustafa’s statement last week that he is against antisemitism and the social democratic leader seemed to double-down on retaining Mustafa as a board member..
Swedish media reports revealed anti-women by-laws of the Islamic Association, containing provisions for segregating the sexes and defending sexual discrimination against women.