Israeli mayors boycott Swedish seminar

In wake of diplomatic storm over Swedish FM's anti-Israel comments, a group of 15 mayors say plan to boycott seminar scheduled for March.

Cynthia Blank ,

Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom
Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom
Reuters

Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom sparked a diplomatic firestorm last week when she accused Israel of the extrajudicial "execution" of Palestinian terrorists - and Israel quickly lashed out in response. 

Numerous Israeli officials condemned her incendiary comments while Sweden's ambassador to Israel was summoned by the Foreign Ministry for rebuke. 

Former foreign minister Avigdor Liberman (Yisrael Beytenu) even urged a boycott of Swedish furniture chain "Ikea," and now it appears the call to boycott Sweden has moved from threat to action. 

According to a Channel 10 report Wednesday night, a delegation of 15 Israeli mayors have announced their refusal to attend a conference set to take place in Sweden. 

The delegation came to the decision Tuesday to cancel their flight to the conference, which was supposed to land near stockholm in March.

The mayors were schedule to attend a seminar about new theories of management. A preparatory meeting before the seminar was already held in Israel before the diplomatic storm broke out.

In light of the Wallstrom controversy, the mayors changed their travel destinations to Germany and Denmark. 

"We want to learn, not argue about politics," explained Shlomo Bohbot, the mayor of Ma'alot and a member of the delegation. 



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