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Swedish Institute puts Israel's foreign ministry and ambassador on social media blacklist
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Swedish Institute puts Israel's foreign ministry and ambassador on social media blacklist

Sweden briefly blocked the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Israel's Ambassador to Sweden Isaac Bachman on social media on Wednesday morning as part of a list of Twitter entities who the state believes disseminate hate speech online. 

The Swedish Institute later removed the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as Ambassador Bachman from the list on Wednesday afternoon and issued an apology.

A Foreign Ministry official told the Jerusalem Post that "it appears to have been a mishap and we've gone beyond it." 

A Swedish embassy representative added that "the Swedish Institute is an independent governmental agency. Neither the government offices of Sweden nor the foreign ministry is involved in running this account."

The Swedish Institute provided an explanation on its official website, saying that: "Approximately 12,000 international Swedish accounts that engage in baiting, threats, hatred and incitement against immigrants, women and LGBTQ-persons, but also against organisations that are committed to human rights [have been blocked]." 

"These accounts often have a right-wing extremist and/or a neo-Nazi tendency, and they also incite to violence," the Swedish Institute added. 

Isaac Bachman, Israel's Ambassador to Sweden, responded to the ban on Tuesday, and took to Twitter to express his dismay over his inclusion in the list. "Now, that #Israel's MFA and ambassador are blocked- #Sweden is much safer in reading Iran and others, that were not blocked," the ambassador wrote in a jab aimed at the Swedish Institute. 

 Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post

Thursday, May 18, 2017
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