Ungodly bishop calls for boycott of Israel

The Bishop of South Hålogaland calls for boycott of Israeli products from the West Bank in response to Israeli self defense, how ungodly can you get? There should be a limit to hypocrisy and one-sidedness even in the already anti-Israeli Church of Norway. Does the good Bishop prefer that Jews in Israel just lie down and die like meek sheep to satisfy the grotesque interpretations he has of the Holy Scriptures? What an ungodly twat! It certainly is a good thing that the Church of Norway now is separated from the State, now what is missing is that the Church’s clergy need to actually put in a honest day’s work to earn their salaries. Just like clergy and ministers from other Christian denominations.

(appalling translation courtesy of google translate)

Bishop Tor B. Jørgensen in South Hålogaland takes sharp distance from the Israeli missile attack. Now he urges a boycott of Israeli goods.

ANDREAS Budala andreas.budalen @ nrk.no

ANNELI STRAN anneli.strand @ nrk.no
Posted 11/15/2012 5:33 p.m.. Updated 16/11/2012 8:25.

Already in 2010 did Tor B. Jørgensen call for a boycott goods from Israel, but he changed his mind. Now he takes up the subject again.

- It is important to emphasize that this is a general boycott of Israel, but of the goods produced by Israeli companies in the West Bank, said the bishop.

Deplores rocket attack
Jorgensen says that  Christian leaders in Palestine requested the boycott.

- I too have  thought about this for a while now. We should send such a signal from the Norwegian church, he said.

The Bishop reacts to Israel has resumed air attacks on the Gaza Strip.

- In the acute situation that has arisen, all means that may be taking away violent important. The rocket attacks that we now see, I strongly reject, he said.

- Israel must find a peaceful solution
Norwegian Foreign Minister Espen Bath Eide said that the Palestinians are to blame this time and that Israel is in a defensive role.

It understands Jorgensen, but he believes Israel must temper it.

- This cycle of violence we see now does not contribute to peace. Israel must take the initiative to find a peaceful solution to this conflict, he said.

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Espen Barth Eide attacks on Gaza and in Israel.
Got told off by Minister
Last time bishop Rated boycott, he was warned by the then Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre. He also met with resistance in the Christian communities.

- Why should the church be involved?

- We are talking about a regime that in practice oppress another people. Therefore, the Palestinian people support, including from the church.
Bishop Tor B. Jørgensen in Gaza earlier this fall.
Photo: Monica Nilsen / Church City Mission, Bodø
- Do you support the church?

- Within the leadership of the Norwegian church, there is a strong perception that the occupation will not lead to anything good. So I have the broad support for a position that is critical to Israel’s defense.

Damn blockade
Jørgensen has long been involved in the Middle East conflict. In 2010, the bishop responded strongly to Israel attacked an aid convoy that was heading to Gaza.

- I would both condemn the blockade of Gaza and therefore the action. The Israelis use here generous use of force. So I condemn both the blockade itself, and this action, the bishop said to NRK.no then.

Engaged Bishop
Tor B. Jørgensen is known as a fearless bishop and has been involved in several cases.

He has taken a stand in the fight against oil drilling in Lofoten, he invited Roma in Bodø home in the garden and he has taken up the cause of trafficking victim Leah who was deported from Norway.

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Five Palestinians were killed Thursday
A total of 13 Palestinians have been killed and over 145 wounded since the Israeli offensive with air raids against Gaza Strip began, according to the Hamas-led Ministry of Health in Gaza Strip.

At least four of those killed were civilians, while six of them were Palestinian militants, said a Hamas spokesman. The identity of the remaining three victims – all young men – were not immediately known.

On Thursday morning, Israel resumed air attacks on the Gaza Strip. While there are reports of casualties on the Israeli side.

- We have three fatalities, said Luba Samri, a spokeswoman for the Israeli police after a rocket from Gaza hit an apartment building in the town of Kiryat Malachi.

Bishop Tor B. Jørgensen in South Hålogaland takes sharp distance from the Israeli missile attack. Now he urges a boycott of Israeli goods.
ANDREAS Budala
andreas.budalen @ nrk.no
ANNELI STRAND
anneli.strand @ nrk.no
Posted 11/15/2012 5:33 p.m.. Updated 16/11/2012 8:25.
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Already in 2010 Rated Tor B. Jørgensen to boycott goods from Israel, but he changed his mind. Now he takes up the subject again.

- It is important to emphasize that this is a general boycott of Israel, but of the goods produced by Israeli companies in the West Bank, said the bishop.

Deplores rocket attack
Jorgensen says that there are Christian leaders in Palestine who requested the boycott.

- I have even thought of too long. We should send such a signal from the Norwegian church, he said.

Bishop reacts to Israel has resumed air attacks on the Gaza Strip.

- In the acute situation that has arisen, all funds that may be taking away violent important. The rocket attacks that we now see, I strongly reject, he said.

- Israel must find a peaceful solution

Norwegian Foreign Minister Espen Bath Eide said that the Palestinians are to blame this time and that Israel is in a defensive role.

Jorgensen understands this, but he believes Israel must control itself.

- This cycle of violence we see now does not contribute to peace. Israel must take the initiative to find a peaceful solution to this conflict, he said.

Got told off by Minister

Last time bishop Rated boycott, he was warned by the then Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre. He also met with resistance in the Christian communities.

- Why should the church be involved?

- We are talking about a regime that in practice oppress another people. Therefore, the Palestinian people need support, including from the church.

- Do you have support  from the church?

- Within the leadership of the Norwegian church, there is a strong perception that the occupation will not lead to anything good. So I have the broad support for a position that is critical to Israel’s defense.

Damn blockade
Jørgensen has long been involved in the Middle East conflict. In 2010, the bishop responded strongly when Israel attacked an aid convoy that was heading to Gaza.

- I would both condemn the blockade of Gaza and therefore the action. The Israelis use here generous use of force. So I condemn both the blockade itself, and this action, the bishop said to NRK.no then.

Engaged Bishop
Tor B. Jørgensen is known as a fearless bishop and has been involved in several cases.

He has taken a stand in the fight against oil drilling in Lofoten, he invited the Roma people  in Bodø home in the garden and he has taken up the cause of trafficking victim Leah who was deported from Norway.
Five Palestinians were killed Thursday
A total of 13 Palestinians have been killed and over 145 wounded since the Israeli offensive with air raids against Gaza Strip began, according to the Hamas-led Ministry of Health in Gaza Strip.

At least four of those killed were civilians, while six of them were Palestinian militants, said a Hamas spokesman. The identity of the remaining three victims – all young men – were not immediately known.

On Thursday morning, Israel resumed air attacks on the Gaza Strip. While there are reports of casualties on the Israeli side.

- We have three fatalities, said Luba Samri, a spokeswoman for the Israeli police after a rocket from Gaza hit an apartment building in the town of Kiryat Malachi.

One of the pictures in the article shows the Bishop on a visit in Gaza earlier this year. Why is there no picture of the Bishop in Sderot? Or any of the many other Southern Israel towns and villages that are under near daily fire from Gaza? What a fraud you are Bishop. What kind of cruel religion is it that you worship?

 

4 comments for “Ungodly bishop calls for boycott of Israel

  1. Beate
    January 16, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    This is not a general boicott of Israel as it says, but on products from ISraeli companies in the WB, which shouldnt be too outragous.

  2. January 17, 2013 at 2:12 am

    I think this is a very naive presentation of facts, if this was so, then why do we have call for academic boycott of Israel? If the purpose was to limit actions against Israeli establishments in the WB, then why doe the socialistic left and red parties try to deny the company G4S a contract with the Municipality of Oslo on such flimsy excuses that said company is alleged to have cooperated with Israel in the WB, and is therefore guilty of human rights offenses? Or throwing Israeli companied out of the Pension Fund, while continue to allow investment in Moroccan companies in West Sahara? And then there is the thorny issue of Israeli Jewish proprietors in the West Bank who have demonstrably been there since before 1905, only temporarily expelled when Jordan illegally occupied the West Bank and threw out all the Jews. Are these Jews not entitled to their own properties? Like I said, get a sodding brain which can think independently before you shoot off your mouth here. BTW, you did not tell me your decision regarding my invitation to drink tea under the rocket rain from Gaza?

  3. Beate
    February 10, 2013 at 7:59 am

    Dear, sweet McGonagall

    First of all, I never got your kind invitation. But dont you worry, I was here to experience what so many people have experienced before me.

    I would appreciate it for the sake of the slight possibility of having a fruitful dialogue rather than a condecending monologue. My impression and experience tells me that it creates further distance and fuels the frustration and hate that we already have in abundance. We choose our strategies.

    I do not necessarily agree with the bishop, but my point was to clearify that boicotting products or companies involved in the “disputed territories” is not that controversial if you are interested in pursuing the regular peace talks within the current paradigm.

    Academic boycott of Israel is a different topic that you introduce. I dont believe in the BDS movement, and an academic boycott i perceive to be a yoke and an offense to the principles of science and academia. And another thing, how in the world can someone expect the main antagonistic parties to this conflict to find a solution if not even academics can discuss the topic.

    Even though the discussion on legal claims to the WB is a just discussion, I still support my government in not using the people’s money to invest in companies who’s business activites are in the grey zone. That said, there are many people that are working very hard in order to not support the continuation of the last African colony.

    Your work is very important, but I would wish to see a more descent rhetoric. -if you want more people to follow the blog, and seriously consider the continuing injustice of anti-Semitism that unfortunately flourishes in Norway and the other Scandinavian countries. Who wants to be as bad as ones adversary?

  4. February 11, 2013 at 2:33 am

    thank you for your reply, I appreciate it. My invitation was in the first response to you, and frankly I doubt that you have seen how the Egyptians treat the Gazans, or refugees from the Sudan or Eritrea for that matter, they shoot to kill as a standing order.
    As for commercial boycott, I believe it is a most skewed tool, which is selectively only applied to israel; e.g.. the Petroleum fund has kicked out Israeli Elbit for its participation in constructing the security wall, arguing that this is an unacceptable ethical breach for our national fund, whereas we continue to pump money into verifiable occupied territories (contrary to popular belief, the West Bank has not been occupied, since there was no state there to start with – or to be more precise, the area was illegally occupied by Jordan between 1948 until 67, when Jewish families who had lived there for generations were kicked out and “Palestinians” settled there instead) – such as Western Sahara or Tibet, or in projects that cannot be said to have a very strong ethical foundation, such as oil sand in Canada, and heavy investments in various human rights paradises around the globe where free thoughts and independent courts and state sanctioned murder is the norm rather than the exception. As FM Eide put it a few weeks ago, if it is not expressly forbidden, then it is legal, which is the basis for most of the nonsense the Labour party is imposing on the rest of the nation.
    My “rhetoric” here on this blog is to translate and make available the daily garbage about Israel which is freely published in Norwegian media, or uttered among the very fine chattering classes – if you think this is unworthy, I could not agree more, this is the very reason this blog exists, to make it very uncomfortable for those who hide behind the Norwegian language and the periphery of Norway to smear and distort as much as possible about Israel. All I do is to translate what others have seen fit to publish. Go figure!

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