Dagbladet’s Christmas message: blame da Joooos!

Dagbladet is back in good old form and also takes advantage of the Christmas spirit to heap anti-Semitic myth upon anti-Semitic myth on the bonfire of hatred which has been kindled in Norway. Mr. Smilden’s  rant is also fairly lacking in balance and even facts, but I am sure he does not care about that, all he wanted for Christmas was to bash da Joooos:

For Palestinians this Christmas only means that they will lose even more land.

The Christmas gospel still has great significance for many, writes Jan-Erik Smilden.
Sunday 23 December 2012 kl.21: 33


Had Joseph and the heavily pregnant Virgin Mary come to Bethlehem today, as jews they would not have encountered any
difficulties in finding a place to stay, at least not in the immediate surrounding area. Had they waited a few years, they could have chosen freely – in light of  the increased rate of development of new Jewish settlements Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has now begun.

Had they been Palestinians however,, they would have encountered problems and as a result, birth complications would have occurred and they would  have had to go to Jerusalem, to the Palestinian hospital, but they would in all probability have been stopped at an Israeli checkpoint and been refused entry.

Therefore the Jesus child could have died, like so many Palestinian children are dying because ambulances, private cars or taxis with seriously ill Palestinian women in labor are refused entry.  Or Mary would have had to – like many Palestinian mothers – had to give birth at the checkpoint or in the ditch. Then, Christmas carols would have told other stories than the one about a manger and a stable.

“Clip, clip, clip” said the woman in a  famous Norwegian folktale.

“Build, build, build,” Netanyahu says, and a large majority of the politicians support him. If there had been a tradition to cut a ribbon each time a new settlement, or when further development of an established settlement would have been completed, then the eager scissor of the woman in the folktale would have amounted to nothing more than a modest pruning.

The worst thing is that this settlement activity takes place on occupied land, contrary to international law, and it deprives the Palestinians of square meters of land for houses and olive trees – day by day. After the UN General Assembly gave Palestine’s status as an observer state in the UN 29 November it has been especially bad. Now the Israelis retaliate against the Palestinians for demanding their rights.

It began early in December when Netanyahu announced that an area called E1, after several years on hold, should be incorporated into the Israeli development plans. E1 is a desert area of ​​about 12 square kilometers and is mostly inhabited by some Bedouins. But
it is located between Jerusalem and the illegal Israeli settlement Ma’ale Adumim which now houses around 40,000 Jews in occupied range.

To be sure, the E1 is within the municipal borders of Ma’ale Adumim, so the Israelis are sure to not have to give the site away – if in some miraculous way would be peace between Israelis and Palestinians. However, The west Bank has now effectively been divided into two. When someone talks about a possible three state solution with the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip as a single part, Israel as another and the West Bank as a third, one might introduce the concept of four state solution.

Up to 3400 units have been planned in the E1 area. In addition, the Israeli government last week authorized the construction of another 1,500 new housing units in Palestinian East Jerusalem, an area annexed by Israel, but still occupied by international law. As if that were not enough: The other day Prime Minister Netanyahu  gave the final go-ahead to build 2612 housing units in Givat Hamatos area, located between Jerusalem and Bethlehem, but outside the Israeli border of 1967.

When the expansion is complete, Bethlehem, in reality, will be completely cut off from Jerusalem. So now the Israelis wont have to deal with yet another problem of the bothersome Palestinians.

Earlier this week  the UN General Assembly denounced the new development decisions by 196 votes to six, which is the full show how isolated the Israelis are now international. After  the Hamatos decision, European diplomats expressed that this would change the game on a peace and be the final nail in the coffin for those who still hope that East Jerusalem sometime in the future could be Palestine’s capital.

AND IT IS NOT SO well in Bethlehem area either. The so-called security wall that the Israelis have set up in the West Bank,
has taken ten percent of the area. The little town of Beit Sahur where angels reportedly announced the birth of Jesus, has shrunk by 17 percent since the Israeli occupation in 1967.

On Christmas Eve, we can thus conclude that the two biblical sites Jerusalem and Bethlehem are about to be completely separate. But that is not what the Israelis authorities try to convey to you.  At the checkpoint to Bethlehem  the Israeli Ministry of Tourism has put up a sign that reads, “Peace be with you.”

Peace for whom?

At least not for the Palestinians. And even if the U.S. and other governments now harden wording know Netanyahu and his ilk know that they just can continue as before.

Next Christmas, the Palestinian territories will  certainly shrunk further, and the Christmas story
have lost even more of its meaning – at least if we are to see it as a conciliatory element in a turbulent world.

18 comments for “Dagbladet’s Christmas message: blame da Joooos!

  1. Martin
    December 24, 2012 at 4:58 am

    Hi Prof, nice to be back and rather expectedly to see that nothing has changed in Norway. I am still waiting for British Telecom to instal a new line to the house, on 3rd Jan. Welcome to 3rd world UK.

    Yes, the ignorance continues, as one cynic like myself would have forecasted without any difficulty at all. you have been a remarkably busy person and what has struck me has been so very little response from your readership. I havebeen able to read a little on my mobile (cellnet for Herbert and EricR) and have had to come to the town centre library to use the computer.

    Thank goodness for Ms Herland. She., a distinguished realist shows a more honest approach to Israel than the Rabbi, Michael Melchior. I mean, I know he was/is a Labour MP, a party today in Israel that shows severe losses alongside it’s mouthpiece HaAretz. I fully undersdtand why Norwegiasn has been so unhappy and disappointed with the Oslo community. The man should be ashamed of himself.

    I belong to a liberal community in the UK, for the most part left of centre, while I, when it comes to Israel, is proudly rightwing. I care for Israel and for its future. I have never heard a liberal rabbi in the UK came out with so much garbage as Melchior. He has no shame, honouur or respectfor his own. Shame upon him

  2. Eric R.
    December 24, 2012 at 6:03 am

    There you go! You got it!

    Now you’re talking like a frothing anti-Semite….


  3. December 24, 2012 at 7:22 am

    I was a bit hesitant to flash my true colors, I sort of liked that sheep skin I have been wearing….

  4. herbert deutsch
    December 24, 2012 at 10:20 am
  5. : )
    December 25, 2012 at 1:58 am

    Martin so good to hear you!

    All the best to you and yours : )

    Please don’t be mad at DMT Oslo they do their best.

  6. Eric R.
    December 25, 2012 at 7:01 am

    Here’s one to make the anti-Semites really go wacko:

    White Christmas
    Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
    Holly Jolly Christmas
    Winter Wonderland
    Sleigh Ride
    I’ll be Home for Christmas
    Let It Snow
    The Xmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)
    Silver Bells
    The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
    You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch

    To all the Jew-haters out there – if you enjoy those songs, guess what?

    Jews wrote them.

  7. Anat
    December 26, 2012 at 12:22 am

    As Mr. President Shimon Peres said: “There will be no shooting as soon as they stop shooting. There are no winners in a war and the only victory is when we will achieve peace!”
    The problem is that it is hard to make peace with people who wants to wipe you off the map.
    I wonder, is the writer not the least concerned about how the Syrian civilians will celebrate their holidays? Why are you so obsessed with what is happening in Israel when 50.000 people have been killed is Syria during the last year? Are they worth any less than the Palestinians?

    Or is it that killing Syrians doesn’t make headlines where you live?

    Or is it that you simply are so jealous of the Jews because of their achievements? Not only in song writing but in technology, science, medicine, agriculture, film making and almost in every other field. The Jews have given so much to the world and I am proud to call myself a Jew.

  8. de Bacle
    December 26, 2012 at 11:58 am

    To be fair, Melchior gives high priotrity to his own concern for ALL poor in Israel.
    But take a look at

    Israel arabs are overrepresented amongst the poor, but, his problem is that he mixes in his own quest for power (and fringe benefits ?) with his other political prioroties.
    Doing this he falls into the same trap as the media anti-Semites in Norway – he abuses the impossible cornered situation that Israel is in, the unlikely battle against time and a billion strong enemy, he abuses it to bash the government of Israel, and thus Israel, in unbalanced and asymmetric ways.
    He has consistently used the impossible political paradoxes that face any “startup country” to push his own agenda, to advance his relationshsips in Norway as well as in Israel. It’s a narrow moral balance ia walking.
    It’s an easy cheap shot to blame “the Joos” for a journalist to see Israels dilemma takes integrity as well as courage.
    There are few people with Melchiors channels in Norway who are courageous enough to stick out their necks and speak Israels case.
    His maneuvers certainly don’t help Jews stand up for Israel in Norway.

  9. : )
    December 26, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    de Bacle,
    this is constructive. DMT Oslo can’t be a religious and political community her in Norway! The media has to report this situation and compare DMT Oslo to other religious environments and regard it as a problem more than a interesting new religious “thing”. This has to be changed from the inside de Bacle, and I believe Dr. Sussia tried to start a new way of communication on what religious Jews needs in Norway. The lesson of her fight has be that it must be a Jew inside DMT Oslo that pick up her ideas. Its really fantastic that Jews has been hoping for Israel for more than 2000 years and then when the day come a large groupe just want to run away from it : ) I think media also see this as a odd response. When things gets to complicated people tend to lose interest, it gets boring!

  10. Eric R.
    January 1, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    Oh, one more thing on the lingo, McG:

    If you are talking to a Spanish-speaking frothing anti-Semite (Hugo Chavez, for example), it is “los juuuuuuudios…” :)

  11. January 2, 2013 at 1:20 am

    Nunca se me hubiese ocurrido hablar con un anti-semita como Chavez, es suficiente observar como se auto-destruyen, o como en el caso de Chavez, mirar tranquila que sus maldiciones vuelven a ellos mismos.

  12. martin
    January 2, 2013 at 9:23 am

    eric R you asked for that one. The prof is fluent in Spanish/ :)-

  13. Eric R.
    January 2, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    yeah, Martin, her Spanish is better than mine, although I got the gist of what she was saying.

  14. Eric R.
    January 2, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    And I assume to a German anti-Semite, it is “der Juuuuuuuuuuden”….

  15. January 3, 2013 at 1:14 am

    or perhaps die Juuuuuuuden in stead? (not English die as in kick the bucket, but German, something like dee – just to clear up any unfortunate linguistic mess…)

  16. January 3, 2013 at 1:36 am

    When I see not only the ugly anti-Semtic sentiments that have been allowed to flourish under Chavez’s rule, but also the horrible poverty he has unleashed on an increasing percentage of the population he has been “chosen” to rule over I feel physically ill… it hurts to see the malnourished children and the favelas adorning the mountains around Caracas… the people there a far worse off than the Gazans, with much higher homicide rates and population density. Why these poor Venezuelans considered less worthy of international sympathy than the Gazans is a great mystery to me….

  17. Eric R.
    January 4, 2013 at 11:54 am

    “Why these poor Venezuelans considered less worthy of international sympathy than the Gazans is a great mystery to me….”

    Por supuesto sabes el razon, McG.

    Porque en Venezuela, ellos no pueden culpar a los Juuuuuuuuuuuudios!

  18. January 6, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    pues no, ahora todos los judios se escaparon a Miami, o a Tel Aviv…

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