Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Björklund (Liberal) was attacked by an aggressive settlers during a visit to the West Bank on Wednesday.

Minister for Education Jan Björklund (Liberal) was attacked by an aggressive settlers during a visit to the West Bank on Wednesday.

Minister's bodyguards had to intervene. Minister's bodyguards had to intervene.

- There was a scuffle, but Jan Björklund escaped without injury, says FP leader's press officer Anders Andrén to Expressen.se. - There was a scuffle, but Jan Björklund escaped without injury, says FP leader's press officer Anders Andrén to Expressen.se.

Jan Björklund is now on an official visit to Israel and Palestine. Jan Björklund is now on an official visit to Israel and Palestine.

But during a tour of a residence in the center of Hebron in the West Bank was forced to flee the Minister of Education after having been attacked physically. But during a tour of a residence in the center of Hebron in the West Bank was forced to flee the Minister of Education after having been attacked physically.

- It was a very aggressive settlers who tried to attack Bjorklund.- It was a very aggressive settlers who tried to attack Bjorklund. One of his bodyguards from the security police had to intervene and there was a scuffle between the two, says Björk's press officer Anders Andren.One of his bodyguards from the security police had to intervene and there was a scuffle between the two, says Björk's press officer Anders Andren.

The tour suspended The tour suspended

Soldiers from the Israeli army was also present and after the attack, they recommended that the tour would immediately be stopped. Soldiers from the Israeli army was also present and after the attack, they recommended that the tour would immediately be stopped.

- When did we do it simply says Anders Andren. - When did we do it simply says Anders Andren.

The Security Service is secretive about the incident. The Security Service is secretive about the incident.

- I can confirm that there was a minor incident today.- I can confirm that there was a minor incident today. But I will not go into any details.But I will not go into any details. It was all very dramatic, and this situation was solved quickly and easily, says Sirpa Franzen, Press Officer at SAPO.It was all very dramatic, and this situation was solved quickly and easily, says Sirpa Franzen, Press Officer at SAPO.

"Tense atmosphere" "Spänd stämning"

Anders Andren do not think the settler who attacked Bjorklund knew it was the Swedish Minister of Education, as he went on. Anders Andren do not think the settler who attacked Bjorklund knew it was the Swedish Minister of Education, as he went on.

- There is a tension between the illegal settlements and the environment.- There is a tension between the illegal settlements and the environment. We were a delegation from Sweden and we did not exactly like regular Hebron lives, he says.We were a delegation from Sweden and we did not directly like regular Hebron lives, he says.

The situation is nothing like the Swedish people par leader is accustomed to. The situation is nothing like the Swedish people par leader is accustomed to.

- It is clear that it is very uncommon for bodyguards to intervene. - It is clear that it is very uncommon for bodyguards to intervene.

Jan Björklund is on a visit to Israel and Palestine.Jan Björklund is on a visit to Israel and Palestine. He has met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and will meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday.He has met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and will meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday.



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