Monthly Archives: March 2009

Blog discontinued

This blog saw life three months ago, and has existed as a cursory investigation of the allegations of anti-Semitism and anti-Israeli sentiment made by Manfred Gerstenfeld in the book “Behind the humanitarian mask”. My investigations have been haphazard and amateurish. My translations have…

Circling the wagons

The Jerusalem Post has printed and withdrawn articles on anti-Semitism in Norway. Twice. The first version of the article claimed that the Norwegian Minister of Finance, Kristin Halvorsen from the Socialist Left (SV), had taken part in a pro-Gaza march…

Rabid anti-semite fights uphill battle?

On March 22nd the House of Litterature in Oslo arranged a dialogue meeting about hatred, inviting among others spokesmen from the jewish, muslim and gay communities. One of the speakers was Muhammed Ali Chisti, whose speech was titled “Why I…

“The moslems are the jews of today”

- Muslims are the jews of today, stigmatized, generalized and presented as a threat to society, says a spokesman for Arbeiderpartiet (Labor) on March 26th. It is not uncommon to find different aspects of xenophobia and persecution examined through the…

The wisdom of the crowds

In the hope of curtailing yobster violence, England has invested in a massive amount of surveillance cameras. The theory was if people knew they might be on camera, they would think twice before committing a crime. What really happened was…

Norway, Israel and Afghanistan

  Norway is at war in Afghanistan. Militarily Norway contributes with 700 soldiers in the NATO led ISAF-force. In 2007 Norwegian contributed with NOK 450 million in humanitarian and development aid. For a career officer in the Norwegian army, it’s become almost…

Headlines in the Norwegian Media

DISCONTINUED Aim and method: What is the extent of Norwegian interest in Israel? To what extent does 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…

Scandinavian justice

“Khyber khyber” the mob chanted during the riots in Oslo on January 8th and 11th. There were cries of “Kill the jews!”. In the background, young people from the publicly financed youth activity house of Blitz were banging drums to create the appropriate atmosphere. Bottles…

Norway, the Trade Unions and Israel

The two main Trade Union Confederations in Norway are LO and YS, with the former having strong ties to the Labor movement. LO’s description of itself on its website: ” The Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions (LO) is decidedly the largest and most influential workers’…

VG:’Right to admit Jew-critics’

The screenshot above is from the article “Right to admit Jew-critics” by Lars Akerhaug in Norway’s largest daily Verden Gang. The article covers one of the “dialogue-meetings” arranged at the prestigious house of Litterature in Oslo following the riots in…

PM thanks painter for Middle East effort

On Saturday the mayor of Trondheim applauded painter Håkon Gullvåg for the “brave” political commitment of his next exhibition, where he displays a painting of a blood-splattered Israeli flag and a 9 metres wide canvas titled “Requiem for the children of Gaza”.…

Three headlines on one event

On February 5th 2009 in  Qabatiya on the West Bank., Israeli soldiers shot Ala a-din Abu Rop, a leading member of Islamic Jihad. The three news agencies Reuters, NTB (Norwegian News Agency) and TT (Swedish News Agency) reported on the event…

Portrait of a Norwegian socialist

Audun Lysbakken (30.09.1977) is second in command in Sosialistisk Venstreparti (Socialists). He was elected into Parliament in 2001, is an avowed socialist, and has stated that capitalism should be discarded. More to the point he supported Jostein Gaarder’s famous co-ed…

Norway, Fatah and Israel

As this blog has reported on earlier, the youth wings of Norwegian Arbeiderpartiet (Labour) and Fatah are engaged in cooperation. The mother parties cooperate as well, as Arbeiderpartiet describes on their web page on March 7th 2009: “Labour participates in…