A few days ago, the president of the Norwegian Red Cross lamented the brutalities hundreds of thousands Syrian children had been forced to witness in the war torn country. At the same time we have many reliable reports that Norwegian Muslims participate as active combatants in the civil war, or just take the opportunity to get a little Al Qaida action to get surplus aggression out of their system.
At no point however, have the Red Cross bosses demanded that an investigation be opened into the Muslim community to find out who is fighting and whether they might have committed war crimes. Yet, in 2010, after the Gaza Cast Lead operation, the communications director of the Norwegian Red Cross went on record in the NRK on March 15, 2010 saying:
Scandinavian citizens serving as soldiers in the Israeli army. Red Cross asks Norwegian authorities now find out what Norwegians have done.
IDA DAHL NILSSEN
ida.dahl.nilssen @ nrk.no
Published 15/03/2010 7:03 p.m
New information shows that several Norwegian, Swedish and Danish citizens have served as soldiers in the Israeli army. The Israelis are repeatedly accused of having committed atrocities against Palestinians in the occupied territories.
– If Israel does not investigate these actions, then Norwegian prosecutors should consider whether they should conduct investigations, and after that possibly initiate investigations and prosecution, says Red Cross communications director Bernt G. Apelandsneset to NRK.
Unknown to the NCIS
Over 1,300 Palestinians were killed during the war in Gaza in 2008 and 2009, half of them civilians.
In September last year concluded a commission appointed by the United Nations that both Hamas and Israel committed war crimes during the war. According to the report, prepared by the respected jurist Richard Goldstone, Israeli forces deliberately attacked civilians and took no precautions to avoid civilian casualties.
UN report urged by Israel to deal with what happened, but it was rejected by the Israeli authorities.
NCIS, which investigates war crimes, did not know about Norwegian citizens in the Israeli army.
– If it comes to allegations or reviews of this type, we will follow our usual procedures to consider it, said NCIS section director Reidar Bruusgaard to the NRK.
– Breach of the Geneva Convention
Red Cross observed several serious violations of the Geneva Conventions during the Gaza war in 2008 and 2009.
– There was a massive air strike against one of the most densely populated areas, which resulted in large civilian injuries and disorders. We also found that medical support crews could not enter the area and who in some cases even were targeted, says Apelandsneset.
– The whole purpose of the Geneva Conventions and the criminal provisions we have gradually gained in this area is to ensure that the abuses against civilians does not go unpunished, he adds.
– How should the Norwegian authorities handle something like that?
– Of course it is difficult and above all one should put pressure on the Israeli authorities that they should investigate properly. However, Norwegian authorities have gradually built up expertise to investigate war crimes that happened far away, so this should be manageable, the communications director says.
Not only has the communication director parroted entirely false allegations about Israel and how it conducted both the Cast Lead operation and later on the investigations, and then, as these allegations have been refuted not gone on record to withdraw his false statements, but he has remained woefully silent in the face of the tremendous atrocities taking place in Syria. He was also silent when Israeli civilians had to absorb not one or two rockets from Gaza, but thousands, over a period of 12 years.
I think the adequate expression to describe this is: DOUBLE STANDARDS.
Shame on the Red Cross for targeting only Norwegian Jews!