Norway put under scrutiny

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Puts more focus on Norway

Rabbi Abraham Cooper and Mark Weitzman believe the proposal to ban circumcision is one of several threats against religious freedom for Jews in Norway. That is why the  the project “Norway Watch” has been launched. Another area where Jewish worship in Norway is threatened, is the old statutory ban on ritual slaughter of animals. – Norway has continued to enforce an anti-Semitic, racist law from 1929.

In a country with 60 000 hunters, and which is still engaged in sealing and whaling, prohibits ritual slaughter. This is incomprehensible, Cooper says.

– From before, we know that there have been a number of incidents of anti-Semitic nature in the Norwegian society in recent years. The situation with bullying of Jewish children in schools is serious, says Weitzman.

“Norway Watch»

This is the overall picture that has led the  Simon Wiesenthal Center to draw a conclusion that the situation regarding anti-Semitism in Norway should be monitored more closely than they have done.

– Therefore internationally renowned  institution now launches the  project “Norway Watch,” in which they plan to recruit Norwegian activists who want to stand with them in the fight against anti-Semitism and trough such contacts receive current reports about statements and incidents of anti-Semitic character. Through discussion items on the internet, they will make sure they get the international community’s critical eye.

Creating dialogue

– When unacceptable statements from people in important positions or other events occur, we want our 400,000 members and 300,000 regular readers of our website to know about this and consider it, says Cooper.

The goal is not only to criticize Norway through the project, but also to create constructive dialogue both ways.

– The circumcision case was a wake-up call for us that we must do more to explain what it means to be a Jew, what are our values, they say.

Tor-Bjorn Nordgaard
10.09.2012 11:11