Tromsø has never been a safe haven for Jews, which proved to be tragic for the Sakolsky family that lived there until 1943, when they were apprehended by Norwegian police and sent to Auschwitz where they were summarily murdered. Ruth Sakolsky z”l never lived to see her 3rd birthday.
These days Tromsø keeps up its record of unfriendliness towards Jews or representatives of the Jewish state, now in the person of the Israeli ambassador, Naim Araidi, whom for the record is a Druze. Araidi has been declared a persona non grata in Tromsø by such prominent citizens such as terror doctor Mads Gilbert (why he isn’t in Syria helping Palestinian “refugees” who have been denied entry to the West Bank or Gaza by none other than PA president Abbas is a big mystery to me) to mention but one.
In stead, Tromsø city opens its warm bosom to the mayor of Gaza, who incidentally also has been given space in the media to whine that he and the Israeli ambassador should not be in Tromsø at the same time. What – did he forget to bring enough grad rockets and other terrorist equipment on the occasion?
Here is a little snippet of what the good citizens of Tromsø have to say about the prospect of hosting the Israeli ambassador. Also note the very inelegant statement of the Nordlys journalist, who states that the ambassador is there to visit a “Jew monument”. So, we can then gather that not only did Tromsø send their microscopic Jewish community to their untimely and very cruel deaths in 1943 – but also that the commemoration of this crime goes against the cultural tastes of this town today.
Nordlys 2013 01 16, Sissel Wessel-Hansen
Mads Gilbert consider Municipality of Tromsø rude over having invited Ambassador of Israel and Gaza mayor to visit Tromsø at the same time.
WHAT ARE THEY DOING?
Nordlys 2013 01 16
The cultural editor of Nordlys launches emotional attack on Tromsø City Councilor over inviting Israeli ambassador to film festival.
The cultural editor, Lasse Jangås, use language approaching anti-Semitism.
On inviting the Israeli ambassador to Tromsø:
“We don’t to do this in Tromsø. We don’t spit on our friends”.
I WISH WE WERE NOT HERE AT THE SAME TIME
Nordlys 2013 01 16, Guttorm Pedersen
The guest of the Municipality of Tromsø – the mayor of Gaza – states as his opinion that he and the Ambassador of Israel should not visit Tromsø at the same time.
Concerning the Ambassador’s agenda, the journalist state the Ambassador is to deposit a wreath at the “Jew-monument”.