lifted from Jewishtribune.ca
I am sure this is going to cause some sour grapes somewhere. Probably somebody somewhere will cry out that this is unfair since we have apologized for our past misdeeds (somehow), and given mealymouthed instructions to “combat anti-Semitism”. It is not an every day event to be called out in Canadian media. Albeit, the Jewish population is fairly small, Canada is nevertheless a strongly pro-Israel country and this editorial is going to be picked up in many high offices. Maybe Norway should have responded to Sam Brownbacks letter to our ambassador in Washington a couple of years ago, and we might have been spared this embarrassment?
Norway’s Jews: are they being driven out
APRIL 23, 2013 |
During the past few months, there have been a flurry of media reports that the tiny Jewish community in Norway, numbering less than 1,000 people, is dwindling at such an alarming pace that the Scandinavian country might become the first European state with no Jews left. One has only to Google the words ‘Norway Judenrein’ to find entries, painting a dark image of a country where antisemitism is so widespread that a Jewish presence there could be soon a thing of the past.
While the local Jewish organizations have swiftly reacted, rejecting the alarmist predictions, the facts are that Norway has been often criticized, recently by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), for allowing, even emboldening antisemitic attitudes, sometimes masquerading as anti-Israel positions.
The country’s history is saga of century-old bloody and savage antisemitic activities, including the murderous regime of the Nazi leader Quisling, who ordered the deportation of the few local Jews to Auschwitz, including women and children, an action not conducted by the occupying Germans, but by local policemen and railway employers who arrested and shipped the victims to the death camps. According to the police archives, it was the first and only time in the country’s history that policemen were ordered and participated in the arrest of children.
Of those Jews deported, 775 died and only 32 survived.
A few months ago, 70 years too late, the chief of the Norwegian police finally “apologized” for his force wartime actions, followed last month by the president of the government railway authority, who released a letter calling the actions of his predecessors “regrettable.”
Norway continues to ban the production of kosher meat, under the pretext of the alleged concern for the welfare of the animals, but allows similar killings according to the Muslim practice of Halal and, contrary to all international treaties, encourages the slaughter of tens of thousands of whales and seals for commercial purposes.
The local Jews has been regularly warned not to walk the streets wearing kipot or other distinct Jewish clothing, after repeated attacks against them, and the local synagogues. There are documented reports that in some public schools, where the majority of students and some teachers are Muslims, lectures praising Hitler for his killing of Jews were presented, with no actions against the hatemongers.
But even mainstream Norwegians are part of the onslaught. A few years ago a leading local paper published an odious cartoon showing a religious Jew rewriting the the Ten Commandments, by adding the words “Thou shall murder.” Rather than being chastised, the cartoonist was defended by the media for using his “freedom of expression.”
Not to be outdone, a Norwegian ‘comedian,’ Otto Jespersen, used a show on national television to mockingly mourn the “death of billions of fleas and lice,” whose only fault was that they were covering the bodies of Jewish inmates in the gas chambers at Auschwitz!!!
And what was his “punishment”? More shows on government television and a role in movie!
Finally, surely everyone remembers the murders two years ago by the Norwegian Anders Brevik, who killed 77 innocent people, including a large number of youngsters and trainers at a youth camp on the island of Utoya.
What was not widely reported were the activities going on at the camp, which was organised by the youth wing of the governing Norwegian Workers party, where some participants were recently arrived youngsters from Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Gaza, along with local youth, serving as a training facility for anti-Israel activities, including the preparation for participation in convoys to Gaza. When the foreign minister was invited there a few days before the massacre, he gave a fiery speech surrounded by signs demanding the boycott of Israel and other similar slogans. As a matter of fact, according to some participants, when the shooting started most were not concerned, assuming that it was part of a staged battle between “resistance fighters” and the evil Israeli soldiers.
Will all Norwegian Jews leave the country in the near future as predicted by many? Nobody is sure. But it is obvious that the Norwegian leadership and some of its so-called intellectuals, along with masses of Muslim immigrants, make every effort to hasten their departure.
Jack Chivo is a retired editor living in Vancouver.