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    Asalamu alaikum Finnish FM likens Israeli policies to Nazis Haaretz - Saturday, September 01, 2001 By Nitzan Horowitz Comments by Finnish Foreign Minister
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      Asalamu'alaikum

      Finnish FM likens Israeli policies to Nazis'

      Haaretz - Saturday, September 01, 2001

      By Nitzan Horowitz

      Comments by Finnish Foreign Minister Errki Tuomioja, yesterday, equating
      Israel's policies toward the Palestinians with those of Nazi Germany
      toward Jews, led to protests both in his own country and here.

      The minister said in a newspaper interview that it was "shocking that the
      Jews are pursuing the same policies toward the Palestinians that they
      themselves were forced to suffer in the 1930s."

      Tuomioja, a member of Finland's ruling Social-Democrats, said that his
      comments were in line with the decision of the European Union, of which
      Finland is a member, to take a tougher stance against Israel.

      "I am shocked that Israel's policy is to humiliate, to hurt and to
      impoverish the Palestinians," the Finnish minister said. "What could be
      the result of this except eternal hatred? Israel's actions are especially
      difficult to accept because the Jews, more that anyone else, should know
      how horrible it is for a whole nation to be persecuted." He called the
      Israeli policies with the Palestinians "troubling."

      Tuomioja later denied that he had drawn parallels between Israel's
      policies and those of the Nazi regime.

      But Gideon Bolotowsky, chairman of the Jewish community in Helsinki,
      rejected Tuomioja's denial. "He did do it and did say those things," he
      said.

      "He lost all touch with reality and does not understand the aims of the
      Palestinians," the community leader said.

      Bolotowsky filed an official complaint against the minister and said that
      in his opinion Tuomioja should be dismissed.

      Israel expressed "disappointment" at Tuomioja's remarks, and Israel's
      ambassador to Finland conveyed this message to the Foreign Ministry in
      Helsinki.

      The Finnish foreign minister argued that the tougher European stance
      toward Israel is bearing fruit: he pointed to the legal case in Belgium
      against Prime Minister Ariel Sharon over the Sabra and Chatila massacres,
      and the protests in Denmark against the appointment of former Shin Bet
      chief Carmi Gillon as Israel's ambassador.

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