A minister in the newly formed government in Sweden was aboard the Turkish vessel Mavi Marmara in 2010 en route to break the blockade of the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip when it was intercepted by Israeli naval forces, The Jerusalem Post reported on Monday.
Sweden’s city planning and environment minister, Mehmet Kaplan, was detained by Israeli authorities after the ship was seized by commandos despite violent resistance from passengers.
Kaplan and a fellow Green Party member, the incoming education minister Gustav Fridolin, are known for their anti-Israeli activities. The Swedish Green Party has a “very anti-Israel” posture, according to local experts.
Kaplan recently compared Swedish jihadists fighting in Syria with Swedish fighters who joined Finland to fight the former Soviet Union in the Winter War of 1939-1940. The comparison drew outraged responses, and he later retracted it.
In 2003, Gustav Fridolin, then a Swedish MP, was arrested in Yehudah and Shomron for allegedly interfering with the construction of Israel’s security barrier. He was protesting along with pro-Palestinian groups the International Solidarity Movement and Anarchists against Fences.