Sweden: Islamophobic politician expelled from her party

STOCKHOLM (AA): An Islamophobic politician was expelled from Left Party in Sweden as the politician’s views on religion contradicted with party policy, said the secretary-general in a press conference on Wednesday.

Secretary-General of Left Party Aron Etzler said the politician Amineh Kakabaveh’s acts and Islamophobic rhetoric “seriously” harmed the confidence of the party.

“She [Kakabaveh] claimed that an Islamic caliphate was founded in Swedish suburbs. She shared in her social media account a fake propaganda news made by the racists about Islam. Also, she wants the ban of religious symbols in schools,” Etzler added.

Kakabaveh, who is Iranian-origined, had also submitted motions to the parliament repeatedly, proposing the removal of PKK from the terror list.

Amineh Kakabaveh is an Iranian Kurdish ex-peshmerga fighter who sought asylum herself in Sweden in the 1990s and has been a member of parliament since 2008, reports website The Local se. She has been a vocal critic of Sweden’s handling of the 400,000 asylum seekers taken in since 2012, including 160,000 in 2015 alone, the highest number in Europe per capita.

She had shared the fake Islamophobic video in 2016, which was uploaded to the internet by a Norwegian racist group in 2014.

Kakabaveh had received a warning from her party over the issue and her party membership and lawmaker status was suspended for a month.

But, she continued her Islamophobic rhetoric and acts which resulted in her expulsion from the party.

In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK — listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the European Union — has been responsible for the deaths of nearly 40,000 people, including many women, children and infants.

* Writing by Fatih Hafiz Mehmet

[Photo: Swedish Parliamentarian, Amineh Kakabaveh. Photographer:  Bengt Oberger/Creative Commons]

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