Professor in social psychology Arnulf Kolstad at NTNU has a very peculiar take on anti-semitism, here from an interview with the NRK from April last year regarding the leader of the Jewish community in Trondheim public complaint that the word ‘Jew’ is used as an expletive, and that Jewish school children in Trondheim are being bullied for their faith:
It is natural that Israel can be viewed in a negative light in an educational setting, but it is important for teachers to teach children that there is a difference between the state of Israel, and Jews as a people. [……] He has therefore no problem understanding the frustration felt by Jewish parents when the word Jew is used as an expletive.
The professor then discusses the relative innocence of children using “Jew” as an expletive, saying that he does not think that small kids understand or relate to the anti-semitic significance of “Jew” (to give you an idea of the derogatory meaning it has in common Norwegian parlance, compare it to ‘kike’ prof. M.mcG), but when kids start using the term as an expletive, it will have a contagious effect, but it is not thereby a given that it is an expression of anti-semitism.
Further on in the article, Professor Kolstad says that we must see this in relation to the increasing criticism of Israel in Norway.
Some people confuse this [Israel criticism] with some idea that the Jews have a particular responsibility, and therefore will also use the word Jew [meaning kike] to label Israels policies. I don’t think this is particularly true for children.
The interviewer then informs us that Kolstad can understand why ‘Jew” [meaning kike] is used as a derogatory term, but says he cannot condone it.
Towards the end of the article there is an extraordinary statement, one worthy of further analysis:
Professor Kolstad has previously been very active in the Palestinian cause through his academic work, and was one of the persons behind the initiative to the call for a boycott of Israel at the NTNU and the University college of Trondheim. Kolstad believes that Israel can contribute towards reducing the use of ‘kike’ as a derogative. “An important way of reducing the use of this kind of derogatory terms would be that the state of Israel actually complies with UN resolutions, and ensure a better treatment of the Palestinians than what they do today and stop occupying their land”.
[….] “I believe in education, enlightenment and knowledge. Even small kids can be taught that when they use such words, they are entirely mistaken if their goal is to be more interested in how the Palestinians live. This is the responsibility of schools and parents, but also the state of Israel.”
And then, for the final gob-smacker:
Arnulf Kolstad thinks it is entirely normal that a teacher criticizes Israel in a class room situation. “I think it is very normal in our days to talk about how the State of Israel has occupied Palestinian territory and that as a result, the Palestinians have suffered since 1948.”
I have rarely read a more incoherent and dangerous attempt to apologize for the intolerable by trying to mix it with some political view that has very little resonance in the Norwegian population.
It is very grave that he freely admits that he uses his academic position to do political activism, and it is scandalous that he thinks that it is normal that Norwegian teachers criticize Israel in the class room. Just for the sake of challenging his preposterous stance, how can unsuspecting parents be sure that what is “taught” actually is representative, and coherent with the truth? Is there a quality controlled curriculum for this kind of ad-hoc teaching? Are pupils presented with more than one view, and who are the persons who transmit these views? Have they been properly accredited by school authorities to do so?
Imagine the uproar if teachers could “teach” that the Earth is flat, or tell pupils to vote for the labor party or some other equally preposterous position.
Imagine if I took it upon myself to enter one of Professor Kolstads classes to tell the students that I think the Christians and Muslims have wrongfully stolen the Land of Israel from the Jews and done all they possibly could over the last 2000 years to wipe out the memory of the Jews and their homeland.
The simple fact is that people like Kolstad hate every aspect of the fact that Israel is home to stay. For good.
Prof. M. McGonagall