Islamists have attempted to infiltrate Swedish politics since the 1980s, researcher warns

A researcher of inter-religious relations from Lund University has asseverated that Islamists, including those from the Muslim Brotherhood, have attempted to permeate Swedish politics since the 1980s.

This gives cause for concern that Swedish parties are giving up their ideology for the sake of votes and is a betrayal of their own basic values.

The report by Sameh Egyptson, a researcher of inter-religious relations at Lund University, published by the Expressen tabloid daily reveals that the Islamists negotiated in the 1980s for voting with Swedish political parties.

Egyptson cites an obscure 2001 report in Arabic by the Swedish Muslim Council (SMR), which highlights the collaboration between SMR and IFIS to ‘cooperate with Swedish parties to educate political cadres and fight for Muslim rights through these parties’.

Egyptson explained that ‘infiltration’ was not his personal interpretation but the exact word, verbatim, used in an article for Tunis News by former chairman of the Swedish Islamic Federation (IFIS) and current head of Stockholm Mosque, Mahmoud Khalfi. Egyptson asserts:

“For us who come from the Middle East this is not a surprise. In Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood managed to infiltrate two of the three parties inheriting [Gamal Abdel] Nasser’s Socialist Party, both the Liberals and the Social Democrats. Both parties disappeared from the political map.

“It is important that Swedish parties now investigate the infiltration of Islamists and return to their ideological foundations. For the parties keep losing confidence with each new disclosure. It’s time to investigate the matter now, before it’s late”.

The Muslim Brotherhood (at times also referred to as the Society of the Muslim Brothers) is an extremist organisation banned in Russia.

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