Famous infamous Norwegians in 2012.

Wow, 2012 was a year to remember, we got noticed in international media like never before, but possibly not for the best of reasons. As we started the year, we also closed it, making it to the top of the list of infamous anti-Semites. Sure, Tron Ali Linstad did not get the King’s Medal of Honor, but the award was nixed only after a massive public outcry (and major embarrassment for the Royal House), and not because somebody in the various vetting committees picked up on his anti-Semitic rant, or his hate speech against homosexuals or Muslim human rights activists who have had to flee paradises such as Iran merely for expressing their thoughts.

This has caused us a big black eye in terms of public relations world wide, and that ridiculous man Linstad claims that the world misunderstands his positions and that he now plans to sue the Simon Wiesenthal Center for having the audacity of confronting his deeply offending attitudes. Good luck, Mr. Linstad, it will be an amusing show to watch, meanwhile, enjoy your 15 seconds of fame. Do make sure to make the most of the opportunity.


Anti-Semitism is alive and well


One of the world’s oldest prejudices is thriving



Extreme far-right Golden Dawn party’s supporters hold flares during the elections results in the northern Greek port city of Thessaloniki.

Many believe anti-Semitism is a cancer that metastasized in the mid-20th century and has since gone into remission.

If only. In fact, recent trends from around the world show a troubling resurgence of the one of the world’s oldest and most virulent prejudices.

It is in one of the world’s oldest civilizations, in fact, that the ideology has recently returned with a vengeance.

Just six months ago, statesmen and pundits showered words of praise on the emergence of a new, democratically elected Egyptian president, Mohamed Morsi. This leader of the Arab world’s largest and most powerful nation was then virtually anointed a Middle East messiah by helping to broker a Hamas-Israel ceasefire.

But even before he revealed his true Pharaonic colors by ramming through a new constitution, it was clear that something far less innocuous was lurking.

That’s because Mr. Morsi is an adherent of the Muslim Brotherhood. The Brotherhood never concealed its hatred for Jews. Dating to the mid-1980s, its Palestinian spawn, Hamas, embedded genocidal Jew-hatred in its founding charter by explicitly invoking the vicious anti-Semitic propaganda piece, The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, to justify its goal of eradicating Israel.

But Gaza is not Cairo. Now the Muslim Brotherhood holds real power in Egypt, and its “spiritual guide” Mohammed Badie used the pages of the official Al Ahram daily and the Brotherhood’s own website to launch this anti-Semitic screed:

“The Jews have dominated the land, spread corruption on earth, spilled the blood of believers and in their actions profaned holy places. Zionists only understand the language of force and will not relent without duress. This will happen only through holy Jihad.”

Meanwhile, Morsi, in between phone calls seeking $12 billion in aid from the United States, the World Bank and EU leaders, was seen on Egyptian TV piously answering “amen” to an imam’s prayer, “Oh Allah, destroy the Jews and their supporters.”

Sadly, Egypt is not alone in this fervent prayer. In Iran’s nuclear-weapons-seeking, genocide-preaching mullahtocracy, anti-Semitism is already deeply embedded as state policy.

Holocaust-denying President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad continues his conspiratorial anti-Jewish rants. One choice recent one: “It has now been some 400 years that a horrendous Zionist clan has been ruling the major world affairs.”

Not to be outdone, Iran’s First Vice President Mohamed Rahimi charged at a ceremony in Tehran marking International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, that the Talmud “teaches [the Jews] how to destroy non-Jews so as to protect an embryo in the womb of a Jewish mother.” As “evidence” of Jewish control of international illegal drug trade, the vice president revealed that there isn’t “a single addict among the Zionists.”

Mere hyperbole? Taken out of context? Is that what you would call these words from Iran’s military chief of staff, Major General Hassan Firouzabadi?

“The Iranian nation is standing for its cause that is the full annihilation of Israel.”

Nor is contemporary anti-Semitism restricted to the Muslim-majority world.

In Europe, as collective memory of the Holocaust recedes, too much hatred and ignorance takes its place.

This year in Greece, a nation whose Jewish community was virtually wiped out by the Nazis 70 years ago, thousands thronged to vote for a new Nazi clone, the Golden Dawn party, which cites the Protocols of the Elders of Zion as justification for its policies — even reading from the tract on the floor of parliament.

Similar repackaging of classic anti-Semitic stereotypes brought parliamentary clout to Hungary’s Jobbik party and to xenophobic politicians in Ukraine, where the slur, “zhydna” — dirty Jewess — was hurled at American actress Mila Kunis by a member of parliament. Her sin? Visiting the country she left as a toddler nearly three decades ago.

In Norway, which prides itself on its support for global social justice, King Harald V nevertheless sought to bestow upon educator Trond Linstad, who promotes anti-Jewish conspiracy theories, the nation’s coveted Royal Service Medal — canceling the ceremony only after tremendous pressure.

The late Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal warned that in his time, the world chose to forget that Jews were often the first victims, but never the last. Today, you need look no further for proof than the endangered Copts in Egypt and the Baha’i in Iran.

Anti-Semitism is thriving, with its peddlers searching only for the means to do their worst to Jews throughout the diaspora — and especially to Israel.

Hier is the dean and founder of, and Cooper is associate dean of, the Simon Wiesenthal Center. The center has just released its Top Ten Anti-Semitic and Anti-Israel Slurs for 2012.

It is also worth keeping in mind that the New York Daily News fourth largest circulated daily in the US…