Anyone who believes that anti-Semitism and hatred of Israel are exclusive to the extreme right would do well to observe the campaign for the September 9 elections in Sweden, in which politicians belonging to the Marxist-Leninist organization the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) are running for office on the increasingly popular socialist-feminist Left Party ticket.
The most prominent of these candidates is Said Hadrous, number 7 on the Left Party list. Hadrous, who grew up in a Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon, is a member of the DFLP Central Committee and chairs the Palestinian lobby organization, Group 194, which is closely linked to the DFLP. On his Facebook page, in a post from 2013, Said Hadrous praises the DFLP terrorist Samer Issawi, convicted in Israel of possession of explosives and attempted murder. After being confronted recently by the Swedish newspaper, Världen Idag, about a 2016 photo on Facebook in which he appears dressed as a militant brandishing a weapon, Hadrous responded by referring to the paper as part of the “extremist racist Zionist media.”
Another Left Party candidate in the upcoming elections, Dr. Ali Hadrous — who is running for the Landskrona City Council — is also a member of Group 194. On his Facebook page, he often shares posts showing sympathy with jailed Palestinian terrorists.
Then there is Osama Tamim, who was a high-ranking member of the DFLP in Syria and is now running for the Åmål City Council on the Left Party list. In November 2016, the Left Party branch in Åmål, together with Tamim and his organization, Amal Palestina, held a “day for integration,” arranged partly to commemorate the UN’s annual International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. At the event, held at an old church that was converted into a hall for political events, the chairman of the Left Party’s Åmål branch, Peter Sund, told attendees that “it is global Zionism depleting the land [of Palestine].” Sund, too, is running in the upcoming municipal election in Åmål.