To make one obvious thing clear, and Gregory House said it best: Everybody lies. For every person in the survey who admits to antisemitic points of view, there is an unknown portion who lied about their true attitudes. The survey understates the prevalence of antisemitic sentiments in Norway, and the only way to compare our figures with those in other countries is to adjust for how likely people are to lie on such instruments on this subject.
But back to the main point here:
For the most part, the survey of antisemitism in Norway seems to have been rigorous and well-developed, but there are spots where the Socialist Left’s political influence are blatantly (and shamefully) obvious.
One of them is this doozy. For purposes of assessing different classes of attitudes toward Israel and the Palestinians, the authors divided respondents into three groups:
- Pro-Palestinian/critical to Israel – the so-called “moderate” position in all this
Apparently, there is no room in the world for “moderate” pro-Israeli attitudes. Among the criteria for being “moderate,” i.e., pro-Palestinian and merely “critical” to Israel is that you have to agree with the following statements:
- Both Palestinians and Israelis have a right to their own state
- It’s unfair that Israel takes land from the Palestinians
Two glorious examples of begging the question: only people who are critical to Israel’s policies favor a two-state solution, and we have to treat as a premise that Israel systematically “steals” land from Palestinians. In any event, who is going to favor “taking land?”
But then, the study declares that the people with such “moderate” views are overwhelmingly (75%) not antisemitic. Which is exactly, of course, what Kristin Halvorsen ordered.