Monthly Archives: January 2010

Christian Democrats quarrel over Israel

Can a suitably critical perspective on Israel be a decisive factor for a Norwegian political party? In order to fix steadily dropping ratings, segments of the Christian Democrats are looking to reinvent themselves. Second deputy leader Inger Lise Hansen has…

Norway ignores Malmö

Actually Malmö is getting a fair bit of attention from the Norwegian medai – as Norwegian author Karl Ove Knausgård is residing there. As for the debate concerning anti-Semitism in Malmö, the only Norwegian media to touch it are the…

Støre talks the talk

Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre is as quick to criticize Israel for human rights transgressions as he is to kow-tow to the slave-owning sheikhs of UAE in the hope of opening up the emirates for Norwegian Statoil. The media lets…

Bergen rector: No boycott of Israel

Rector Sigmund Grønmo of Bergen University was recently quoted in the media for having said that the was “open” for a debate on boycotting Israel. He was criticized by some and supported by others. Now he writes on the University…

LO, COSATU and the Socialist Left

LO is Norway’s largest TUC. When Minister of Development Erik Solheim (Socialist Left) visited South Africa in February 2009, LO wrote him a letter asking him to meet with the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU). In terms of…

Newspapers on Jews in Malmö

Jews in the Swedish city of Malmö are made to feel insecure. They are threatened and the authorities are unable, or unwilling, to help. Swedish newspapers such as Skånskan.se are covering the situation. Here is an excerpt from Israeli Haaretz,…

Cyber Solidarity Post – NIJ is Seismic Shock

Z-word reports that blogger Seismic Shock has exposed a clergyman’s association with extremists and holocaust deniers. The British Police have responded by paying the blogger an informal visit, during which they persuaded him to delete his blog. Their efforts were…

Jews leave Malmö, Sweden

In February 2009 the Progress Party pointed to the Swedish city of Malmö as an example of how integration is more challenging than it is political correct to observe.  More to the point, Progress Party leader Siv Jensen claimed that…

More talkbacks on Israel than on Afghanistan

Above we see Dagsavisen’s article “Norwegian soldier killed by road-bomb in Afghanistan” by journalist Nils-Inge Kruhaug. Obviously this is highly relevant news for Norwegian readers. There are approximately 600 Norwegian soldiers in Afghanistan and their families and friends are worried…

Highlights from the Socialist Left

Historian Tarjei.J.Vågstøl writes that when Nils Butenschøn assumed leadership of Palfront in 1969 it was with the vision of winning “entire organizations and parties” for Palestine. A brief look at the Socialist Left (SV), combined with a glance at Labor,…

Anti-Semitism and Israeli Haiti-aid

Jerusalem Post reports Anti-Semitism in Europe highest since WWII. “Classical anti-Semitism is changing, and it’s been replaced with a new anti-Semitism, which takes its shape in the form of unbridled attacks against the idea of a Jewish state” stated a spokesman…

Are the settlements the West Bank?

Moribund Dagbladet’s Jonas Sverrison Rasch today writes an article on Israeli politics under the heading “Netanyahu blocks peace negotiations“. While the heading is an editorial choice, the journalist does stand responsible for the actual content of his article. Mr.Rach writes:…

Y-net news on Bergen Uni boycott debate

Y-net news.com reports on the boycott-debate at Bergen University, which might or might not be about to rear its ugly head. The situation is still unclear.Where has Y-net learned what and are their sources better than ours? After what happened…

Spook bigwig: War on terror just begun

The head of PST – the Police Security Services in Norway is interviewed in this weekend edition (January 23/24th) of Dagens Næringsliv, a prominent and well respected business daily. She brings disturbing news. Unauthorized translation below: Age of extremists. “Extreme…