- “Sweden, to a much larger extent than other countries, allows hate preachers to enter the country and give lectures to spread their message. Sweden should deal with this.” — Haras Rafiq, President of the Quilliam Foundation.
- Every year, about 60,000 Swedish passports are reported stolen or lost. Police estimated last year that about 180,000 Swedish passports are touring the world. There are people who have “lost” up to 20 passports, yet have no problems acquiring new ones. One cannot but wonder why people should be allowed to have three passports issued over a five-year period.
- Stockholm’s politicians want to “include” homecoming jihadis into Sweden’s “infidel” society by giving them health care, jobs, welfare benefits and housing.
- Despite Foreign Minister Margot Wallström’s promises, when Sweden officially recognized the state of Palestine, assuring everyone that this move would give Sweden more leverage to make demands on the Palestinians, Sweden continues to send money their way with no strings attached.
On May 2, journalist Per Gudmundson revealed in his blog, where he monitors violent Islamists, that a Swedish-Iraqi named Jasim al Tib was killed in combat against ISIS. The man apparently fought for al-Hashd al-Shaabi (People’s Mobilization), an umbrella organization mainly for Shiite militia groups. The group was founded in June 2014 by the Iraqi government. Its forces are said to number about 100,000 men, and its purpose is apparently to fight the Islamic State.
On May 5, Haras Rafiq, president of the Quilliam Foundation, a British think tank that tries to stop young Muslims from becoming radicalized, aimed harsh criticism at the Swedish government’s indulgence of Islamists: “Sweden, to a much larger extent than other countries, allows hate preachers to enter the country and give lectures to spread their message. Sweden should deal with this.”
Rafiq pointed out that Islamism is tantamount to fascism, the only difference being that one puts God on top, the other the state. Muslim hate preachers, he said, are regularly invited to speak in Sweden by groups such as Young Muslims of Sweden, a branch of the Muslim Brotherhood. “These people believe that anyone who lives in a Muslim state and doesn’t follow their Islam should be killed,” Rafiq continued. “Why doesn’t Sweden offer greater resistance?”
On May 8, a symposium on jihadism took place at the Foreign Policy Institute in Stockholm. During the symposium, the Swedish Security Service revealed that the recruitment of Swedish youths to violent jihadism threatens to overwhelm the security service.
“I’ve worked for the Security Service for 30 years and as a police officer for 35 years,” said Swedish Security Service chief Anders Thornberg, “and I’ve never seen anything as inherently forceful as this. The pressure on the Security Service is huge. The recruitment of more and more people cannot go on. Eventually we will not be able to handle it.”
Security Service officials claim they “pretty much” know the identities of the approximately 300 individuals who have traveled to Syria and Iraq over the last 2.5 years, including the 35-40 who were killed and the more than 100 who have returned to Sweden — some of whom have been instructed to carry out terrorist acts in Sweden and other countries.
The Security Service also admitted great concern over the possibility that foreign jihadis might take advantage of the Swedish asylum system — through which more than 90% of refugee claimants gain permanent residency status, despite lacking passports or identifying documents — by “hiding among the refugees.”
On May 14, Arabic television channel Al Aan revealed that the Islamic Stats (ISIS) has acquired a vast number of Western passports, including Swedish ones. These are used to allow passport owner “lookalikes” unrestricted travel throughout the world. A spokesperson for the Swedish police, Stephan Ray, explained why Swedish passports are extremely attractive:
“Most countries don’t have visa restrictions for Swedish citizens, so the passports generate quite a lot of money if you sell them to organized crime, for example. That is why Swedish passports keep showing up in all kinds of contexts. The Security Service has noted that there are Swedes traveling to places such as Syria, so that is one explanation as to how the passports end up there.”
Every year, about 60,000 Swedish passports are reported stolen or lost. About a year ago, police estimated that approximately 180,000 Swedish passports are touring the world. On the black market, a Swedish passport costs about 80,000 kronor ($9,000 USD). There are examples of people who have “lost” up to 20 passports, yet have had no problems acquiring new ones. Last year, the government decided to appoint a commission to try and stop the abuse of Swedish passports. The daily Dagens Nyheter wrote:
“The police have also seen that the real owner of the passport refrains from filing a complaint right away, enabling another person to use it. An example of use is for human trafficking. A refugee who wants to enter the Schengen area can, for a price, gain access to travel documents that will be accepted by the border control. In spite of strong suspicions that the lost passports are being used by organized crime, there’s very little the police can do about it today.”
The investigating commission stated in March 2015:
“Sweden, within the EU, should promote that an inspection of biometric information in passports be implemented on the outer borders of the entire Schengen area. Pending joint rules for the Schengen area, obligatory fingerprint inspection should be implemented upon entry from third countries into Sweden. The control should encompass the passports of Swedish citizens as well as foreign nationals. In the long term, such a control should be considered when exiting the country, as well. The investigator further proposes that Swedish citizens, as a rule, should be entitled to only three standard passports during a five-year period, after which only provisional passports for particular travel will be issued. Further, the expiry date for passports for children under the age of six should be limited to two years; and for children between the ages of six and twelve should be limited to three years. Also, a valid passport issued to someone who gets a provisional passport should then be revoked.
We recommend that the proposition regarding inspection of biometric information in passports be implemented on the day of the government’s decision. We suggest other changes come into force July 1 2016.”
One cannot but wonder why people should be allowed to have three passports issued over a five-year period; why not just one?
On May 26, Ulf Boström, a police officer responsible for “integration,” went on the attack in the newspaper Göteborgs-Posten against the Swedish justice system, for neglecting to prosecute homecoming ISIS-warriors for terrorist crimes. He noted that at least 50 Swedish jihadis, perhaps as many as 100, have returned to Sweden — and not one has been prosecuted under the laws related to terrorist crimes. Boström, who for many years moved in religious circles, said:
“It is incomprehensible. Here we have the names and social security numbers of people who travel to Syria to fight and we know about it. Some come home and when they do, they can get health care and help, and then go right back down there again. Sweden is one of the few countries, if not the only one, where it is possible to travel in and out like this. The Danes cannot go, so they use Swedish airports instead.”
Full article: Sweden: “A Place to Islamize”: One month of Islam in Sweden: May 2015 (The Gatestone Institute)