Monthly Archives: April 2009

Norwegian Ambassador gilds the rose

On April 2nd the Norwegian Ambassador to Israel, Jakken Bjørn Lian, writes to the Jerusalem Post (see below) about the Gaza-march in Olso on January 8th, in which the Norwegian Minister of Finance Kristin Halvorsen took part. Lian describes the march as…

Sri Lanka not as interesting as Gaza

Norwegian tamils demonstrated in Oslo again yesterday, this time outside the central government offices in Akersgata. This is the latest in a series of demonstrations which all look the same: hundreds and thousands of tamils marching to and fro, and…

Norway hammers Israel

Many Norwegians claim that Norwegian criticism of Israel is legitimate, that Israel has to stand scrutiny just like any other nation, and that pro-Israel allegations of such criticism being anti-Semitic has no foundation in reality and is solely intended to silence critical voices. But let…

To the right

Document.no runs an interesting post today on the American writer Bruce Bawer. Here’s an excerpt from Document.no’s introduction: Bruce Bawer is making an important contribution in enlightening the Americans about events in Europe: even well informed, educated Americans have no…

Israel disappointed by Støre

From an NTB (Norwegian News Agency) article in Dagsavisen today:  Israel’s ambassador Michael Eligal today met at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in order to express disappointment over how Norway reacted to the speech made by president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Israel…

The public voice and the anti-Israel lobby

Dagsavisen, a smaller Norwegian daily, today ran an article under the heading: “Media gullible in Islam-debate?“. Ulf Andenæs, a journalist in Aftenposten, states:  “In spite of the broad spectrum of journalists covering islam, I do not know a single person…

Durban II and the Norwegian “jaw-jaw”

Winston Churchill once said he would rather “jaw-jaw than war-war”, meaning he preferred negotiation to conflict. Aftenposten, a larger Norwegian daily, writes today: Several western nations with the USA leading the way have boycotted the conference, while EU-countries and some…

Legitimate criticism of Norway?

Norwegian Middle East expert Hilde Henriksen Waage touched a nerve with her suggestion that “something similar to a smear campaign” is being conducted against Norway. We have read similar suggestions in Klassekampen, Dagsavisen and Bergensavisen. Only yesterday Professor Morten Levin…

“Jew” – an insult

The Norwegian daily Dagbladet today covers anti-Semitism in the schools under the heading “Jew” has become an insult.  Government initiates plan against religious-based bullying – When “jew” becomes an insult among certain youth-groups and muslims are called terrorists, we need to take…

The propaganda machine

Hilde Henriksen Waage is not the only Norwegian academic who believes in the power of the pro-Israel propaganda machine. In today’s Adresseavisa, a daily focusing on the Trondheim area, Professor Morten Levin writes: The attacks against Rita Ottervik and Håkon…

Serve no foreign prince

The European Council for fatwa and research  is heeded by Norwegian muslims, who look to the council for deliberations upon theological issues. One of the clerics at the institute is Yusuf al-Qaradawi, who made headlines in the Norwegian media on February…