SWEDEN: BLACKLISTING OF PALESTINIAN FLAG UNINTENTIONAL SLIP-UP

Palestinian Flag. (Photo: PIC)
Palestinian Flag. (Photo: PIC)

Stockholm, 16 Rajab 1436/5 May 2015 (MINA) – Senior leaders at Sweden’s Social Democratic Party said blacklisting of the Palestinian flag, by the Swedish police, as a logo of terror is an inadvertent error.

The Swedish Minister of Home Affairs, Ann Linde, and the official in charge of international relations at the Social Democratic Party, Andrena Winter, said the designation is an intolerable and unacceptable mistake, The Palestinian Information Center (PIC) quoted by Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA) as reporting.

“The local police in Orebro downloaded a list of banned logos from the American National Counterterrorism Center and handed it over to high school principals as part of intents to lookout for early signs of potential trouble among their student populations,” Linde said.

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She added that the list was not issued by the central government in Stockholm, which branded the designation of the Palestinian flag a non-deliberate and unacceptable mistake.

The Swedish police meanwhile claimed responsibility for the blunder, vowing to take urgent steps to meticulously sift the counter-terrorism material being propagated at schools and remove the Palestinian flag from terror blacklists.  (T/P011/R04)

Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)