this should be an interesting event. Not too sure if it will lead to anything in particular, but on the other hand…. after the media conference the Jewish congregation arranged in Oslo in June 2011, followed up by several really embarrassing events, revealing the degree of intolerance and racism that thrives so well in Norway, the media and political elites have realized they too live in a fish bowl and simply writing and speaking in Norwegian wont hold as a impenetrable shield to block foreigners to get a view of what really is going on here. So maybe, despite my innate skepticism, this conference will help to keep the usual suspects of the straight and narrow for another year?
“Anti-Semitism in the past and present – and criticism of Israeli politics”
Invitation to a conference at Voksenåsen, Ullveien 4, Oslo on Tuesday February 5th, 2013from 1 o´clock pm.
Voksenåsen, in cooperation with the Embassies of Sweden and the United States of America, the Holocaust Center in Oslo and Living History Forum in Stockholm and with the support of the Freedom of Expression Foundation hereby invite you to a conference over the subject “Anti-Semitism in the past and present – and criticism of Israeli politics”
In both Sweden and Norway – as in many parts of the world – there are discussions going on about how critical remarks about Israeli politics can be expressed without being perceived as anti-semitic remarks. And how the Israeli-Palestinian conflict may influence anti-semitic and/or anti-sionist sentiments. This is the background for our conference, where we will present some historical facts as well as new findings through modern research. We will especially address the controversial issues around anti-semitism, anti-sionism and criticism of Israeli politics versus Palestine and round up by a discussion between diplomats and political leaders from Israel, the US and Sweden and Norway.
The conference is free of charge, however we need you to register by email at firstname.lastname@example.org – please state your name, title and organization. Deadline for registration is February 1st.
Voksenåsen – Norway´s national gift to Sweden given as a token of gratitude for Swedish humanitarian aid during and right after WW II – celebrated it´s 50th anniversary in 2010. Voksenåsen, owned by the Swedish state through the Ministry of Culture, is a great place for Nordic meetings – with modern hotel and conference facilities at 500 meter altitude, 20 minutes from the center of Oslo – with Sweden´s best view!