NRK 2 Radio program Ekko (a culture, science and debate program) must have been told to act urgently to balance the nefarious Israel coverage, and aired a program earlier this week dedicated to the other voices in Israel.
Somehow they had tracked down an Israeli music professor who is married to a Norwegian and lives in Norway with his family.
Although I personally have a different political point of view than this person – who comes from the extreme left “peace” camp in Israel, and thinks Shulamit Aloni is the best thing since sliced bread, I was impressed with the clear points he managed to get across in roughly 15 minutes he was interviewed.
But, realizing the enormous bias in [official and media] Norway against Israel, and the less recognized but equally poisonous antisemitism that persists in the population, it may just as well have been a very good thing that this far left Israeli can state the following to the intellectual elites:
“the one sided covering leads to Norwegians developing an automatic negative attitude towards Israel”
“The media coverage does not reflect the situation, Norwegians are too one sided in their condemnation of Israel because Norwegian politicians and media choose what they want to show [regarding Israel]; meaning that what these [politicians and media] want to show, is all that the Norwegians know about the situation”.
On his condition as a Jew and an Israeli he says that in many situations he chooses not to reveal his identity, adding that he has a two year old child, whom he has chosen not to give his family name, because of the bullying of Jewish children that goes on not only in school, but also university colleges, and universities too; he asks rhetorically
why does my child need this?
On a question on who is mainly responsible for the one-sided coverage of the ME conflict, he replies:
“For some reason or another, most media people have a preconceived idea about what they want to show, so if I read in an Israeli newspaper 2 weeks ago that 80 rockets were shot over Israel from Gaza, Norwegian newspapers report only on two Palestinians that were killed by IDF”.
He then turns to Aftenposten and BT, stating that their coverage amounts to propaganda (!)
As for Norwegian politicians he thinks it is amusing that Siv Jensen of the Progress Party has an Israeli flag on her desk, while SV is another example of a group that is very negative and one-sided towards Israel.
The interviewer then goes on to point out that the main motive for Norwegian coverage is to show the unfairness of the occupation, to which our Israeli professor expresses his gratitude, but goes on to point out that every time Israel gave up land in exchange o for peace, or evacuating settlements (Gaza), more bombs fell on Israel, so instead of preparing the ground for more evacuation of settlements, the general Israeli public is very reluctant to carry out more such experiments, since all they get in return is more violence, citing that the Oslo peace agreement has led to deep disappointment.
Many people have seen their children bombed to minced meat, and do not believe in peace agreements and rather turn to the rightist political parties
Like I said, it is probably a very good thing that our Israeli professor identifies with the Israeli leftist camp. Some of the questions the interviewer poses are frankly disrespectful, scorning and prejudiced:
On Jerusalem, she suggests that people escape to Tel Aviv in order to escape the clammy hands (of the religious and rightist parties), and more than infers that somehow it is morally dubious to belong to the right of center in politics, referring to the Israeli coalition government as somebody who is “doing all of these horrible things” (which are not defined or even exemplified). Can you imagine the attitude she would have shown to a person with more centrist political views?
Interesting and important as this interview with an Israeli is, it would have been much more interesting to also hear the views of other Israelis who live in Norway. Or why not spend the tax payers money even better and interview your average Israeli as they go about life in Israel? Is there some sort of impediment to interviewing a dockworker in Ashdod, or a truck driver from Afula about his or her views on life in general, peace in particular? And why is it a taboo to approach religious Jews to find out what their beliefs are?
Maybe our prejudiced interviewer would have been disapopinted to find out that “such” people are just as capable of advanced political analysis and liberal thought as our Israeli music scholar?
I wonder how she would deal with having her smutty fantasies forcefully plucked apart by somebody she believes intellectually inferior to her.