Gerstenfeld: Stoltenberg is a part time anti-Semite

published in Dagen July 16

Stoltenberg gives his May 1st speech in Bergen, in front of banners calling Israel an apartheid state




Manfred Gerstenfeld

Dagen recently published articles by Kristina Furnes and Odd Sverre Hove as reactions to my article on Norwegian anti-semitism on the Ynet English website of Israel’s largest daily, Yediot Achronot.

In the absence of a Norwegian translation of my article, I summarize its essence. A recent study by the Oslo Center for Studies of Holocaust and Religious Minorities contains interesting information on Norwegian anti-Semitism. The report states that 12.5% of Norwegians can be considered prejudiced against Jews.[1] Its own data however, show that this hate phenomenon is far more widespread than the study admits. The lower reported figure is only reached because it does not use the common European definition of contemporary anti-Semitism.

The report also states that 38% of Norway’s populace considers Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians similar to the Nazi’s treatment of the Jews. According to the European definition, these are anti-Semitic views. If one applies this percentage to the number of adult Norwegians, there are about 1.5 million part-time anti-Semites in Norway. They are also ideological criminals because they falsely accuse Israel of planning the most extreme misdeeds imaginable. I wrote further that several Norwegian government ministers are part-time anti-Semites.

After my article, the Norwegian embassy in Israel contacted Ynet. It was offered a right of reply as well as a meeting which I would attend. Apparently, the embassy did not want to debate me. A few years ago, the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs invited the Norwegian embassy to a lecture of mine on Norwegian anti-Semitism. Thereafter, the embassy representative was immediately given right of reply, but did not want to say anything. Several senior Israeli diplomats present tried to convince her that diplomats customarily defend their country. She still refused to reply.

This time, the Norwegian embassy asked Ynet to transmit questions to me. The only important one was why do I consider Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg a part-time anti-Semite?

I gave a lengthy written answer to the embassy. It contained many examples. I pointed out that Stoltenberg spoke on 1 May of this year at a trade union demonstration in Bergen. There Israel was the only foreign country fiercely attacked by the participants. Such a double standard is defined as an anti-Semitic act to which Stoltenberg didn’t react in his speech there. Thus, he became co-responsible for it.

In a letter to the Norwegian ambassador in Washington in 2010, U.S. Senator Sam Brownback listed a number of anti-Semitic acts by the Norwegian government. It mentioned for instance how the Norwegian government funded the trip of two extreme leftwing Norwegian doctors to Gaza during Israel’s “Cast Lead” campaign. They de facto became mouthpieces for Hamas, a movement whose platform calls for genocide of the Jews. Stoltenberg phoned these propagandists of Palestinian murderers and told them that “all of Norway is behind you.”

Stoltenberg as Norway’s Prime Minister, is responsible for anti-Semitic acts perpetrated by his government. These include for instance, the Norwegian embassy’s financing of an anti-Israel hate exhibition by the painter Håkon Gulvåg in Damascus, the capital of the criminal Syrian government. As Labor leader, Stoltenberg is also responsible for anti-Semitism emanating from his party. As a by-product of information on the Utoya mass murders by the Norwegian criminal Anders Breivik, it became known that this AUF hate mongering camp had incited youngsters from the age of 14 years old against Israel. Pictures published online illustrate this.

The Norwegian embassy in Israel has not reacted to my information. I assume that they have no answers to what I say. Nor did the embassy take up the right of reply at Ynet, but cowardly left it to a Norwegian student, Kristina Furnes to write. That she was unable to come up with any relevant answers has already been exposed in Dagen by Odd Sverre Hove.