Smack, boom, bang 2: The OSCE reads Norway the riot act on demonization on Israel, anti-Semitism, ban on kosher and halal slaughter

This is almost too good to be true! I am sure there now are lots wannabe bureaucrats, journalists and academics with their eyes firmly set on on top jobs, who are now scratching their heads; how to advance their career path now that their pet target Israel has been found out…

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OSCE: Norway is intolerant towards Jews and Muslims

In a report following a visit in Norway  OSCE criticized for being intolerant against Jews and Muslims, and thinks that the police must take hate crimes seriously.

Published 21/10/2012 03:53.

A delegation from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) visited Norway for five days this summer to examine racism, discrimination, integration and tolerance here.

The delegation reacted strongly to Norwegians’ view of the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians and believes and also warns that the strong anti-Israeli attitudes can develop into anti-Semitism, Aftenposten writes.

OSCE says the foreign minister needs to promote a discussion in Norway that contribute to a “less biased picture of the Middle East conflict” and not “demonize the State of Israel.”

The report criticized police for not doing enough to identify and combat hate crimes in Norway.

The low numbers are interpreted as that the police dot not take hate crime  seriously. At the same time the report called for increased security around the Jewish community in Norway.

Kosher and halal

The delegation also criticized the ban  on Jewish kosher slaughter and Muslim halal slaughter. The report highlights that the ban on kosher slaughter was  introduced in 1929, and it is ominously reminiscent of the 1930’s.

The prohibition on ritual slaughter is justified today with references to the legal requirement that animals must be stunned before slaughter, but the report points out that both Sami and hunters have been given exemptions from this rule. Kosher and Halal slaughter are important religious edicts for Jews and Muslims.

The delegation is also critical to what it calls numerous examples that Muslims are discriminated against in the labor and housing markets.

Despite the criticism, the report does not hide the fact that Norway is “an exemplary government in terms of human rights and equality.”

The delegation consisted of the retired Irish Supreme Court judge Catherine McGuinness, Rabbi Andrew Baker of the American Jewish Committee and ambassador Adlil Akhmetov of Kazakhstan.

In the five days the three-member delegation was  in Norway, it met with the Minister for Children, Equality and Social Inclusion Inga Marte Thorkildsen as well as 44 representatives of various organizations, churches and government agencies.