Sweden Legalizes the Flying of the ISIS Battle Flag

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I imagine that not even the liberal Swedes are happy that Muslims can now fly their battle flag openly.

The Local Sweden

A Swedish prosecutor has ruled that the ISIS flag does not constitute hate speech and is therefore legal under Swedish law.

Prosecutor Gisela Sjövall announced last week that she would not prosecute a 23-year-old man who had posted the black ISIS flag on his Facebook page in June.

Police in Laholm, a town on Sweden’s west coast, had launched a criminal investigation into the man, who comes originally from Syria, on suspicion of committing “hate speech”.

“Put simply, one can say that he is expressing contempt for “all others”, and not against a specific ethnic group,” Sjövall told Sweden’s SVT broadcaster.

She said that while the swastika had now come to symbolise a hatred for Jews, the same could not yet be said of the IS flag.

“Up until now, we haven’t come to that point,” she told the local Hallandsposten newspaper. “That could change in ten years.”

According to Sweden’s hate speech laws, for an image or statement to represent “incitement to hatred”, it needs to threaten or disparage a group of persons in connection to race, colour, national or ethnic origin, religious belief or sexual orientation.

“If there had been anything in the text [posted alongside the flag] with more specific formulations about certain groups, for example homosexuals, the ruling could have been different,” Sjövall continued. “For me, there are no doubts about the decision not to prosecute.”

When the man was questioned in June, he told police he did not in fact support Islamic State.

“He claims that this is not an IS flag, but instead a symbol which has is used within Islam, and which has been used for many hundreds of years before it was misappropriated by IS,” his lawyer Björn Nilsson told the local Hallandsposten newspaper.

The black “Banner of the Eagle” is one of the flags flown by the prophet Mohammad in Islamic tradition.

It was banned from a public demonstration in the Netherlands in August 2014, and forbidden in Germany (for non-educational purposes) from September 2014.

UK Prime Minister David Cameron suggested in August 2014 that anybody displaying the Islamic State flag should be arrested, but it has not formally been made illegal.

Britain’s foreign minister Boris Johnson said when he was Mayor of London that he didn’t think the ISIS flag should be banned.

“I don’t like people carrying the Isis flag … I think a balance has got to be struck,” he said.

“We live in a free country and I think you’d have to have primary legislation to designate certain bits of iconography as being illegal. It would be quite difficult.”

2 thoughts on “Sweden Legalizes the Flying of the ISIS Battle Flag

  1. ISIS flag flying, all good. Confederate Flag flying is a hate crime.

    ” while the swastika had now come to symbolise a hatred for Jews”.
    This shows how Jews have hijacked the entire history of the 20th Century. The swastika is not about hating Jews, even to the extent of 1%.
    Hitler chose this flag to represent German nationalism, dynamism, energy and socialism. The red part of the flag was intended to attract Communists away from their red banner, over to the National Socialist banner. To repeat, the swastika is not about Jews at all. The swastika to Hitler symbolizes the Aryans of the past who used this symbol. One may as well say the swastika is about hating niggers which it obviously is not.
    Ov vey this is very annoying.
    It would be identical to say “the Star of David is all about the Palestinians”.
    Even more so, as mostly the Palestinians suffer and very few others under this six pointed Supremacist, nationalist and racist flag.
    Jews were small beer in WWII and almost all of them avoided actual front line combat. They got a big mention in Hitlers book, all of it true, but that does not mean the flag is about Jews.

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