Erling Rimehaug’s editorial in Vårt Land: Israel is taunted by Nazi label

Erling Rimehaug seems to be the only editor who has taken Dagbladet to task on its decision to publish Finn Graffs offensive drawing. After an extensive search in online newspapers I have been unable to find other comments.That reflects poorly on the wider media to acknowledge that the red line is routinely crossed when it comes to coverage of Israel and a denial that growth in anti-Semitic incidents in Norway may have anything at all to do with how the press covers Israel.

Nevertheless, Rimehaug’s rejection of Dagbladets use of Nazi imagery to illustrate their view on Israel, is correct and welcomed (unauthorized translation):

Israel is taunted by Nazi label

Does Dagbladet really think that Israel deserves the Nazi label on the day they set free hundreds of Palestinian refugees?

Dagbladet presented yesterday on page 3 a sober analysis of the prisoner exchange – where Gilad Shalit was set free in exchange for hundreds of Palestinian prisoners. This event was illustrated with a drawing by Finn Graff, where Gaza was cast as the German concentration camp Buchenwald.

You can say what you want about Israel’s policies against Palestinians. But to compare it with the Nazi extermination policy, is so far removed from the reality that it completely misses the point. Moreover, it is an insult to all victims of the Holocaust.

This is especially inappropriate on a day when Israel has opened the wounds of many of its own citizens, who have experienced that Palestinian terrorists have killed innocent civilians. It hurt to set free those who had carried out atrocities. And it should remind us that it is not only one side that deserves criticism in this conflict.

This is the third time Finn Graff and the newspaper draws comparison between the Nazi regime in Germany and Israel. Therefore, we should at least expect the editorial board [at Dagbladet] to present arguments for why they think this is an appropriate and relevant comparison.

Graff has clearly stated that he wont draw the Prophet Muhammad, because he is afraid of the reactions. But he need not fear death threats from Israelis or Jews.

The sad effect for Norway, is that many in Israel who believe that we are an anti-Semitic nation, will feel that they have fresh proof that they are right.

It is entirely appropriate to remind readers on the role Dagbladet had under Nazi-German occupation in 1940 – 45, when it collaborated extensively with the occupants. In spite of assurances to the contrary, it seems Dagbladet has drawn no lessons from that experience, but continue to spread their poison unashamedly.