Monthly Archives: February 2009

Demography and destiny

The Norwegian Progress party has lately drawn attention to the Swedish city of Malmö, where moslem immigrants now account for 80-90% of the population in the borough of Rosengård. The political implications of ethnic diversity is likely to increase in…

Headlines in the Norwegian media

Aim and method: What is the extent of Norwegian interest in Israel? To what extent do Norwegian media cover Israel? This rough survey consists of counting headlines in the indexing service of www.webavisen.no. Webavisen lists headlines and stories from 240…

Anti-Israeli poem

Poem by Hege Ramson, published in Klassekampen (Classwar) on May 12th, published in Dagsavisen on May 21st 2004, displayed by the Palestine committee here.    Ariel Sharon’s robber-song I power on with tanks and planes when I go out a-pillaging I plunder…

Islamic cleric reinterpreted

On February 16th several major Norwegian newspapers told their readers about how Yusuf al-Qaradawi, to whom many Norwegian moslems look for guidance on religious matters, had stated that the holocaust was a divine punishment and that Adolf Hitler had “put…

25.02.09 Otto Jespersen condemned by peers

The PFU, an association for Norwegian media professionals, yesterday declared comedian Otto Jespersen’s anti-semtic monologues to be in violation of the PFU code for decent and proper conduct. Dagbladet, a Norwegian daily, runs an article under the title “Jespersen’s harassment of Israel…

Comedian Otto Jespersen

Otto Jespersen (to the left, burning the American flag) is just about the funniest man in Norway. On November 27th of 2008 his search of funny material brought him, during prime tv time, to say the following: “I would like…

23.02.09 Warns against helping Palestinians

Stavanger Aftenblad runs an article under the heading: “Warns against helping Palestinians”.  The article quotes professor Efraim Inbar, who leads the Begin-Sadat centre for strategic studies at the Bar-Ilan university in Israel. Excerpt below: —————————————- – The international community needs…

Iran not a threat

In today’s Aftenposten, Daniel Heradstveit comments on Iran’s development of rocket systems. Heradstveit, a researcher at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, says the west must not understand Iran’s president literally in his repeated threats to “erase Israel from the map”.…

Lars Gule, Norwegian academic

  Lars Gule is at present an academic at the Oslo University College. Before that he was the general secretary of the Norwegian Humanist Association. Lars Gule is an expert on Islam who became Norway’s very first international terrorist when…

Boycott Israel. Speed up the dialogue.

While most newspapers are struggling, Morgenbladet actually reports an increase in sales. This weeks’ edition of Morgenbladet (February 20-26th) runs a full page article under the title “Boycott Israel. Speed up the dialogue”. The article is written by Hege Ramson, a member…

21.02.09 Extreme right-wing government in Israel

Dagbladet reports “Israeli artillery fires on Lebanon”. In the article itself it turns out that the artillery fire is a response to a rocket having been fired from Lebanon into Israel. Below, from Dagsavisen, today: ————————– President Shimon Peres yesterday…

20.02.09 Aftenposten: Latest ten articles on Israel…

  Hamas – back or forth? (14.02 2009) Russian rocket system pawn in game over Iran’s nuclear program (18.02 2009) Israeli chemist charged with sale of cyanide (18.02 2009) Six wounded in Israeli attacks on Gaza-strip (14.02 2009) Israel’s ethnic predicament (13.02 2009) Hamas promises…

A black day for the city of Malmö

The Guardian reports that Sweden and Israel will play their first-round Davis Cup tie in an empty arena next month because of security concerns. The organizers fear that if an Israeli tennis-player were to play in front of an audience, anti-Israeli demonstrators would…

The battle for existence

We’re snowing under here in Oslo these days! Today I got a letter from one of my brothers, who lives up north in Sweden. The letter contained two pages from the Danish newspaper Weekendavisen, a weekend special, containing an interview…

Israel – a Norwegian fetish?

It’s incredible. I’ve always though there was a conspicous amount of coverage on Israel but it’s only since I undetook this project that I see how much of it there is. There is something pretty much everyday, and that’s only…

Jews blamed for financial crisis

The Norwegian News Agency (NTB) today reports in Aftenposten. Jews blamed for financial crisis Israel’s war on the Gazastrip is not the only cause for increasing antisemitism. Jews are increasingly being blamed for the financial crisis. During an international conference…

Iran to purchase Russian rockets

The Norwegian News Agency (NTB) today reports in several Norwegian newspapers (here VG) that Iran is looking to purchase S-300 anti-aircraft rockets from Russia. Iran is furthermore to request assistance in maintaining and renewing the less modern Tor-M1 rockets, according…