It has been a busy week for ministers who previously had managed to live on that wholly unsustainable lie that Norway is A) not funding anti-Semitism, and B) that there is no anti-Semitism of importance in Norway. Now that fig leaf has been brutally ripped off and exposed official Norway’s flimsy record on stamping out racism, anti-Semitism and worse, war mongering generously subsidized by Norwegian tax payers. In a week where NRK finally exposed the rampant anti-Semitism among Palestinians, and how some of these sentiments are being funneled through the PA sponsored TV channels – with generous Norwegian financial support, as well as seminars covering leftist extremism in Norway, also got aired on national radio, discussing the leftist camp’s romance with anti-Semtism and anti-Zionism, ministers are now rushing to explain and half-heartedly lament the situation. Or, perhaps they are now deeply worried that the ugly anti-Semitic creepie-crawlies that have emerged from underneath the leftist and PC governments in Sweden and Denmark, now also will explode in official Norway’s face, creating an unprecedented scandal for Norway given the very high profile we have taken in the ME conflict.
bad google translate from dagen.no
Knowledge and values against Jew hatred
It is totally unacceptable that students of Jewish origin suffer harassment in and outside school, writes Minister Kristin Halvorsen.
Kristin Halvorsen, Minister of Knowledge
Monday 11 February 2013, at. 2:47 p.m.
There is still prejudice against Jews in Norway. This is something the government takes very seriously and is working to counteract. School is the main arena when we are fighting anti-Semitism, and must be an inclusive arena where students meet with distinct attitudes towards all forms of racism and discrimination.
It is totally unacceptable that students of Jewish origin harassment in and outside of school. The fact that Jews constitute a relatively small religious group in Norwegian society, gives no grounds for complacency either state, municipality or the individual school. Jews shall obviously never be held responsible for the state of Israel’s political attitudes and actions.
Along with several of my Government colleagues, I recently visited the Center for Studies of Holocaust and Religious Minorities (HL-center). We discussed the follow-up study “Antisemitism in Norway? The Norwegian population’s attitude toward Jews and other minorities, “as HL center presented last year.
Combating prejudice and Jew hatred must start early. The school is a public forum for all who are growing up in Norway, and an important place to address prejudice and combat discrimination. The school also has an important role in disseminating knowledge about the Holocaust and Jewish history. Themes related to human rights, discrimination and anti-Semitism is deeply rooted in the school’s competence and curricula. In addition, it produced a lot of resources online about the Jewish religion, culture and history, as well as material relating to anti-Semitism and discrimination, which schools can use. Such teaching materials are necessary aids for the school community to develop indicators against intolerance.
Now the government will strengthen teachers’ skills. We create a training program for teachers on topics Semitism, racism and conflict. This project – DEMBRA – will start in autumn 2013. This will be a three-year project is to develop a comprehensive educational resource for school work against anti-Semitism and racism, based on the National Curriculum.
We will also be the Directorate in evaluating a review of existing learning resources (textbooks) for lower and upper secondary education, in order to ascertain how anti-Semitism, the Holocaust and other relevant topics actually covered in current teaching materials.
I will also ensure that HL center gets funding to create an additional position at the HL-center from the fall of 2013, in order to contribute to teaching and research on antisemitism. In addition, in connection with the constitution anniversary in 2014 be developed resources online for both kindergartens and schools. In 2014 it will be in its place with a national commemoration of Holocaust Remembrance Day, not least because the 27 January is the start of the anniversary year of the Constitution, in 1814 the featured the infamous Jewish section. Taken together, these measures will hopefully improve knowledge of Jewish history and anti-Semitism, and making schools better able to handle the Jew proportionality and other prejudices.
The school is a public forum for all who are growing up in Norway. In the National Curriculum for Knowledge Promotion is emphasized that the school will help to develop ethical, social and cultural competence and facilitate the students get knowledge about different cultures. School, both through teaching classes and in working with the learning environment emphasizing those aspects.
The Education Ministry is already behind a comprehensive effort aimed at improving the learning environment in schools throughout the five-year initiative “Better Learning Environment (2009-2014).” The government also has extensive work against bullying in schools, through the initiative “Manifesto against bullying” (2011-2014), in cooperation with school authorities, teachers, parents and students. All measures to improve the school environment must be seen in context.
We must continue to keep a watchful eye for changes in the community and elsewhere in Europe. We must take action if we get a further deterioration of anti-Semitism, racism and undemocratic attitudes in the population.
The Government is strengthening efforts to combat racism and anti-Semitism in Norway, along with the schools and all others who can help. The goal should always be to create a society with an openness and curiosity towards inequality and diversity – regardless of skin color, language, cultural or ethnic background, sexual orientation and religious affiliation. Neither adult or child should have to experience discrimination or harassment. Freedom from discrimination is a human right.
Dagen.no also has this story on how the Ministry of Foreign Affairs responded to “shocking” (sic!) revelations that the PA is a major sponsor of anti-Semitism among Palestinians and others with strong sympathy for the Palestinian cause. (also a bad google translate)
FM Eide: Palestinian president will follow up on children’s TV
The Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide (Labour) said that the Palestinian president’s office has assured that they will follow up on Palestinian children’s TV with clear anti-Semitic content.
- Our representative to Palestine took up the matter with President Abbas office Tuesday. We said clearly that we can not live with this, and was told that neither can the president’s office, Eide said in question time in Parliament on Wednesday.
The Christina Democrats representative Hans Olav Syversen raised the issue and referred to an article in the Evening News Sunday.
- This showed how Palestinian state-funded TV spreads antisemitism. Norway supports the Palestinian Authority every year by several hundred million. Some of this money may also reach the TV channel, said Syversen.
Eide stated that the Norwegian support is a general support, and added that the Palestinian president also has no direct editorial responsibility vz the various TV channels.
- We sharply reject any expression of anti-Semitism. We have for many years worked systematically on all parties to the conflict to reduce the breeding ground for hate. We are indignant over this story, and we have also raised this issue directly with the president’s office, said Mr Eide.
Mr. Eide seems to be unaware that there is a big egg sliding down his face right now.