Former conservative MP Hallgrim Berg puts NTB in its place

Here in Israel, there has been genuine happiness for Gaza winner of Arab Idol, Muhammad Assaf. Newspapers, TV shows and radio DJs have commented on the happy occasion and towed in Israeli-Arab musicians to celebrate the event. Everybody is aware the fraught situation between Gaza and Israel, but as one Israeli-Arab singer – Nissren Kader – put it on a late night telly show, anything that can help us live in peace is good.

Not so for the NTB. Straight away they printed their usual nonsense about Gaza, but this time former conservative MP, Hallgrim Berg, put the record straight:



Aftenposten 2013 06 27 p 6, Hallgrim Berg

The NTB again dishes out misleading information on the Middle East. This time it has been wrapped in a package of happiness; on a refugee from Gaza. Muhammed Assaf, having won the Arab version of the “Idol” contest: “The 23 years old idol winner grew up in the Khan Younis refugee camp in the Gaza strip; one of the world’s poorest and most overpopulated areas”.

Gaza has some 4400 people per  There are many places in the world where it is far denser, up to four and five times as dense. Neither is it true the “refugee camps” in the Gaza strip are among the poorest areas of the world. The Palestinian areas are about on the median of the UN’s Human Development Index; in which 75 countries are worse off. Most of those 75 enjoys no visible and invisible transfers to the same degree.

As a newspaper seeing to convey information to the public as its purpose, the Aftenposten should  be more careful about what they actually receives from the NTB; which throughout many years have supplied prejudiced material- often biased against Israel- when Middle East “news” are reported.

Meanwhile, and probably while listening to Muhammad Assaf on Israeli radio stations, the IDF and Israeli medics are busy saving Syrian lives, which is a heck of a lot more than what can be said about Norwegian medics who recently have been appointed Commanders of St. Olav


11 comments for “Former conservative MP Hallgrim Berg puts NTB in its place

  1. Martin
    June 30, 2013 at 4:57 am

    Ha ha ha. well done Hallgrim, a true follower of events and a genuine friend of Israel. He has actually travelled to Israel and seen the latest positive developments there. Pity, he is not the Prime minister. He would not suffer fools gladly, I am sure.

  2. Eric R.
    June 30, 2013 at 9:28 am

    “Here in Israel, there has been genuine happiness for Gaza winner of Arab Idol, Muhammad Assaf. ”

    McG, if you wrote that, when did you move to Israel?

  3. June 30, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    Oh,I made aliyah a couple of weeks ago. You really ought to try it. However, I have no plans on giving up on Norway, its only a (relatively) short flight away…. In fact I have been doing the back and forth for a very long while, you simply would not believe all the weird places I have been writing this blog from…. And yes, I am also the occasional Londoner, so I’ll leave you to scratch your head for a while.

  4. martin
    July 1, 2013 at 6:13 am

    Yes Prof, you are indeed a Londoner at times. It was so nice to see you again when you were last here. Now you have confirmed it, may I wish you all the very best nakhat with your new life.. You certainly seemed very happy with your life and I am sure, that will continue.

    Incidentally, when we read/hear of boycotts against Israel, it is usually European or some Asian countries that are at fault. Are you all aware that Delta Airlines operates a non Jew policy on many of its routes due to its close rapport and connection with Saudi Airlines? We my sister, wife and I are flying to the USA to visit my daughter in North Dakota. Her husband is stationed there with the USAF. We visited a number of travel agents who originally mentioned Delta due to it’s more direct flights from London. They were shocked to hear of it and it was mentioned that due to the latest form of Jew hatred, we are boycotting Delta

    One agent found it hard to believe it was even legal, she looked up the situation on the web and said that she, as a non Jew, will not be putting Delta through as a first airline. so please spread the word. I told the agents, this is nothing new, as the war against Jews and Christians continues unabatted .

  5. Ellen
    July 1, 2013 at 7:47 am

    Something tells me that the Delta Airlines thing wouldn’t have been possible under Bush…

    Congratulations on making aliyah, Professor. How’s the summer weather in Israel?

  6. Martin
    July 2, 2013 at 7:45 am

    Hi Ellen, unfortunately, I must disagree with you. The “House of Bush and the House of Saud, are intertwined with each other. Texas being the home of the extremely wealthy and influential oil lobby. It is in fact Bush that broke ranks and actually went for full “Palestinian statehood.”

    In fact under Bush senior, a real Jew/Israel hater, nothing was allowed to stand in his way that would have a full negative effect on his relations with Saud. It was he that broke the friendly intelligence gathering and sharing between Israel and the USA. His friend Weinberger, a real Jew hater, is fully responsible for the Pollard situation. American establishment attitude is no better than any other country. Even the FBI and CIA have been noted to take a strong anti Israeli line some years back.

    I have also noted that the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office (a traditional bastion of Jew and Israel hatred) is facing some questions regarding their open acquiescence towards the official boycott of Israel. Along with a recent barring of a religious Jew who faced Jew hating comments (described as anti-Semitic in the UK) by the customs officials, one of who wore a burka and was put back on the plane and returned to the USA. Hague and Cameron are no friends of Israel, that is for sure.

    Funnily enough, after many years of denying the Foreign Office was Jew hating, the Office actually confirmed that it had been but, not any longer. enough to make a grown man weep in his tea with laughter.

    I have no doubt that the NRK is only following the BBC, with the UK record on Israel being a very shady and arrogant one.

  7. Ellen
    July 2, 2013 at 11:08 am

    Wow. I knew I didn’t like Bush. (I just thought he really hated Muslims.)

  8. Martin
    July 3, 2013 at 4:28 am

    Ellen, it was, I believe, that during Bush senior’s reign and perhaps junior as well, there were open debates and questions within the FBI and CIA regarding Jewish personnel. Even today, Jonathan Pollard is still in jail. All because of Bush and his equally Jew hating Baker that the mistrial of Pollard took place.
    Israel and the USA had a memorandum, relating to intelligence sharing between them, under the auspices of the then President Regan. Pollard worked in naval intelligence and saw documents relating to potential danger to Israel , which should have been shared but, was deliberately held back because of the two B’s i.e. Bush and Baker (although another word starting with the letter B sums them both up.

    The whole trial and verdicts were an open display of hate against the Jewish officer and Israel. You can try opening up on the website this information. There is a Jewish site which openly laid out exactly what went on. I should imagine most self respecting Jewish Americans are genuinely peeved at this charade. It was also at this time, and I remember it well, the old characterisation of the Jews’ loyalty to the USA was used, in order to shame the American Jews into silence. Jewish leadership (leftwing) was very silent in backing Pollard.

    Ellen, if I can find this article, I will let you know. You will find your feelings against Bush and Baker were well correct.

  9. Martin
    July 3, 2013 at 4:45 am

    Ellen, I am sorry that I was unable to locate the particular article for you. However, there is enough for you on site to look up, In particular the official website for Jonathan Pollard and the case for his etc. You will note Weinberger’s hateful interference and the total shame of this episode. In the meantime, Pollard has been given a worse verdict than real traitors and spies who caused the loss of American life. Which he did not. Oh yes, look up the Wye Agreement, American interference? I brought this up earlier, now you will see why.

    Enjoy your research.

  10. Ellen
    July 3, 2013 at 5:31 am

    Thank you, Marting. This is incredibly enlightening. I obviously had very rose-tinted glasses on, regarding the US support of Israel. Probably because our media pushes the whole “Israel do as they please, because they know the US will back them up” claim. I will definitely read up on Jonathan Pollard.

    BTW, it was Bush Jr I didn’t like. During Senior’s reign I was in primary school, and too young to have any opinion on politics. 😉

  11. Martin
    July 3, 2013 at 9:29 am

    Ellen, the only US president who favoured Israel was Harry S. Truman, and even he was not positive towards armng the newly formed state. He pushed reconition against the wishes ofhis State Dept, and all the establishment. One of his best friends was a Jew, who actuall helped form his mind set. Since then I should imagine Ronald Regan was has been the best for Israel.

    Looking back, Eisenower, Kennedy, Johnson (he was not too bad at all), Carter, Clinton, both Bushes and now Obama. They all used Israel and looked upon her as an interest and of ourse, oil was, is and for he foreseeable future, a required commodity. At he very beginning, Israel had o use various illegal means to arm herself, even though the Arab tates were awash with Russian, British and french armaments. Later on, and in time for Suez, France, because of her problems with north Africa was the main supplier of tanks and aircraft. In fact it was Israei pilots hat made te Mirage such a much vaunted fighter plane. Most equipment supplied was usualy old and outdated hat Israel had to modernise. It was only much later that Israel managed to purcase modern equipment from the USA. Even though the aab tates always had te most modern equipment. Believe it or nor, the old USSR actually supplied the arab states with more modern equipment that nt even her Warsaw Pact allies had received.

    The other reason why Israel is also hated is bcause, indeed, such leftwing countries (most of Europe then) se her as an all, te most reiable one of the USA. Whle America is too strong and big for he Euro cowards,. Israel is a more manageable smaller country to pick on

    There is an old joke that after one of the wars (1967?), the Arabs again requsyed the most modern equipment to be give to them sap, incldin figher/bomber aircraft, small arms, tanks, artillery, boats etc and the Russians asked exactly what they wanted. during he negotiations, the Russans just said “Look put in a call to /israel and ask them what they want to caoture in the next war. Which is ow srael had a large amount of Artiliiery, missiles, rockets, and even captured some fighter planes and radar equipment. all of wich was scanned and the intelligence equipment was handed over to the USA.

    Hope this helps.

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