Jerusalem Post: Norwegian student in Oslo burns Jewish pupil

Lifted from Jpost.com

Note to Jerusalem Post, the story first appeared on miff.no, written by Conrad Myrland, I have merely translated the story, so claim no merit.

Note the furious reaction from Vebjørn Dysvik, the Chargé d’affaires at Norway’s Embassy in Tel Aviv. I think he is deep diving into an ocean of wishful thinking. I invite him to familiarize himself with current news in Norway; VG reported on June 10 2012 that a report issued by the Children’s Ombudsman, only 94 of 88.000 pupils have complained to their respective county councils after suffering years of bullying and harassment in their schools. The Children’s ombudsman says this is evidence of a systematic failure to protect children who have experienced bullying. This was his damming verdict before stepping down from his office, throwing the gauntlet at Minister of Education Kristin Halvorsen. Only days before did he suggest that schools that do not intervene appropriately and timely in cases of bullying ought to be shut down. The Minister has acknowledged that this is a persisting problem, but her only concrete action in this matter, has been to sign a petition to stop bullying, an initiative of VG, a commercial newspaper.

Come Vebjørn Dysvik, if you are going to tell a fib, then make it in the very least a fib that is difficult to dissect as rubbish. On the account of the recent survey released by the Holocaust center; it is indeed very good that we now have a study which can be scrutinized by peers; nevertheless, its conclusions were not quite as pink and cozy as you suggest, on the contrary, even in a carefully worded study, the conclusion was that Norway, with its tiny Jewish minority, scores worryingly high on some anti-Semitic traits, among them the idea that Jews somehow are responsible for their own suffering.

Norwegian student in Oslo burns Jewish pupil

By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL, JERUSALEM POST CORRESPONDENT06/13/2012 16:15

Norwegian places red-hot coin on student’s neck; NGO: Silence of school, police, gov’t reminiscent of Nazi-collaborating Norway.

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BERLIN – A schoolboy burned a Jewish pupil with a red-hot coin at an Oslo secondary school on Monday, triggering the Simon Wiesenthal Center to issue a strongly-worded letter to Norwegian Justice Minister Grete Faremo.

According to the letter, “this child has been the subject of anti-Semitic bullying and violence for the past two years, reportedly, because his father is Israeli.” In addition, the letter noted that “despite the mother’s report of assaults on her son to NRK radio evening news in 2010, there has been no reaction by the school, the police or governmental authorities.”

Dr. Shimon Samuels, head of the Wiesenthal Center’s division of international affairs, noted that “the boy has stated that he must stay clear of Norwegian and Muslim children and hide his parentage to avoid continued anti-Semitic attacks.“ Samuel added that “these young school hatemongers point to a new generation of Breivik-style racists for Norway’s future. You have a responsibility to protect every threatened child and, especially, this victim targeted simply for being Jewish.”

The online website “Norway, Israel and the Jews“ first reported on the attack. The website monitors Norwegian anti-Semitism and hate directed at Israel. The article’s headline noted “Anti-Semitism in Norwegian Schools – now they are fire branding Jewish kids.” According to “Norway, Israel and the Jews,” the website Med Israel for Fred (MIFF) “has gained access to a private cell phone image showing the result of the attack which took place at a school barbecue for the senior class, this Monday (June 11, 2012). The 16-year-old boy was enjoying his grilled chicken when a red-hot coin was placed on his neck by a fellow student, an ethnic Norwegian. The coin made a very visible burn on the boy’s neck.”

In an email on Wednesday to The Jerusalem Post, Vebjørn Dysvik, the Chargé d’affaires at Norway’s Embassy in Tel Aviv, wrote, “The Embassy does not presently have any more information about the specific case other than what has been reported on a Norwegian blog. At a general level, I would like to underline that the Norwegian government has a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to bullying in schools. This has been an important objective for successive Norwegian governments.”

Dysvik continued that “The letter from the Simon Wiesenthal Center will be replied to by the Ministry of Justice in due time. I would nevertheless like to highlight that the quotes I have seen from the letter contains several extreme statements that lack any foundation in reality. We take exception to the attempt of painting a picture of Norway and Norwegian society as being anti-Semitic. This is a gross distortion of facts for which the Center must bear responsibility.”

He noted that “Recent studies show that that the prevalence of anti-Semitic notions in Norway is low, and on par with countries like Sweden, Denmark, Great Britain and The Netherlands. Nevertheless, anti-Semitism is a big problem for those who feel its effects…”

According to European reports, Norway’s school system has permitted an increasingly hostile climate for Jewish pupils. The Austrian paper Die Presse wrote in 2010 that “statements sharply critical of Israel” by Kristin Halvorsen, education minister of the Norwegian Socialist Left Party, have been “legitimizing attacks” against Jews. Critics say Jewish students have been subject to assaults in Norway’s schools, and teachers have simply looked the other way.

The Wiesenthal Center stressed that “the silence of the school, the police and your government is too reminiscent of another Norway, under the WWII Nazi collaborator, Quisling.”

“Our Center urges your immediate investigation of this case and protective and judicial action, as continued silence is tantamount to complicity” Samuels wrote.