The Wiesenthal Center’s response to fire-branding take 2.

Grete Faremo, Minister of Justice and Public Security,

Postboks 8005 Dep

0030 Oslo


Madam Minister,

The Simon Wiesenthal Centre is an international Jewish human rights

organization with a worldwide membership of 440,000. Established in

1977, with headquarters in Los Angeles, it draws the lessons of the

Holocaust to the analysis of contemporary issues of prejudice and

discrimination. The Centre is an NGO in consultative status to the

United Nations, UNESCO, the OSCE, the Organization of American States

and the Council of Europe.

We are shocked to learn of the fire branding of a Jewish boy at an Oslo secondary school barbecue on Monday.

Apparently, this child has been the subject of antisemitic bullying and violence for the past two years, reportedly, because his father is Israeli.

What is even more astonishing is 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.

The boy has stated that he must stay clear of Norwegian and Muslim children and hide his parentage to avoid continued antisemitic attacks.

Madam Minister, these young school hatemongers are the Breivik racists of Norway’s future. You have a responsability to protect every threatened child and, especially, this victim targetted simply for being Jewish.

The silence of the school, the police and your government is too reminiscent of another Norway, under the WWII Nazi collaborator, Quisling.

Our Centre urges your immediate investigation of this case and protective and judicial action, as continued silence is tantamount to


Most respectfully,

Dr. Shimon Samuels

Director for International Relations

CC: Rabbi Marvin Hier, Dean and Founder, Simon Wiesenthal Centre, Los Angeles

Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Associate Dean, Simon Wiesenthal Centre, Los Angeles