Monthly Archives: October 2009

NTNU: “Ashamed of being Norwegian…”

Decent Norwegians find the “boycott Israel” movement baffling. Constructive criticism? Sure. Help and assist? Certainly, to the extent that we can. Sympathize with both sides? Of course. But to boycott, of all countries, precisely Israel? To many, it just does…

France: JUIF.org on NTNU

French jews are strangers neither to racist hatred nor the legitimate criticism with which it so effortlessly blends. JUIF.org, which has a wide readership, is now the third French-speaking website to pick up on how certain elements at NTNU are…

VG: Yoav Shamir questions anti-Semitism

Many Norwegians will have it that although anti-Semitism does exist, the charge of anti-Semitism has been discredited through indiscriminate use. People voicing legitimate criticism of Israel have too often been brought to silence with unfounded accusations of anti-Semitism, they say.…

French on NTNU: “Cher Recteur…”

A vocal minority of Norwegians left-wingers obsess about Israel nonstop and they have been doing so for years. While these people close their eyes to the transgressions of Israel’s muslim neighbors, they have the audacity to become outraged when challenged…

Letter to VG: Will NTNU boycott Israel?

On November 12th NTNU, one of Norway’s most prestigious universities, decides whether or not to go to an academic boycott of Israel. Many Norwegians find this confusing. Why Israel? The two salient features of this country, the ones which distinguish…

British professor writes to NTNU

On November 12th NTNU decides upon whether or not to boycott Israel, a country which scores higher on democracy than any of her neighboring states. A British professor has recently added his voice to NTNU rektor Torbjørn Digernes’ blog, bringing the…

Oslo accord archives still missing

Whatever happened to the archives from the Oslo accords? They vanished in 2006 and have not been seen since. Or have they? Let us know if there is anything new on this case. Unauthorized translation from Dagbladet on January 27th…

HRW under criticism from founder

The Jerusalem Post reports that HRW founder Robert L.Bernstein criticizes HRW for “helping those who wish to turn Israel into a pariah state.” Norwegian daily DagenMagazinet follows up on it. Other Norwegian newspapers, so eager to comment when HRW condemns…

Brusells worse than Oslo

Oslo was pretty bad in January. We saw and heard a different Norway. When is the next time it will come boiling to the surface? In Brusells it is even worse. Here is a film clip from Philosemitism: Whoever you…

Gov botches vital US relationship

Is it be possible for Norway to have a “strained” relationship with the US? It seems unlikely. Norway is one of the richest countries on earth. We are tucked into a distant fold of Europe and the world’s safest corner…