lifted from dagen.no (google translate)
When Norwegian Jews are encouraged to leave the country , a limit has been crossed.
Editorial in Day 8 October 2013
Tuesday 8 October 2013 , at. 9:21 (Updated : Tuesday, 8 October 2013 , at. 9:21 )
In today Norway is difficult to argue publicly a dislike or hatred of Jews and that the best thing would be if all the Jews left the country. Unless you say so in an ambiguous, indirect way, of course
Even from the previously active neo-Nazis, the Vigrid and Boot Boys on rarely hears anything these days. It is only extreme Islamist groups such as the Prophet’s Ummah who nowadays present open, anti-Semitic statements.
But this silence must not mislead us into thinking that the primitive anti-Semitism has been eviscerated from society. Polls in recent years have documented it in a worrying way .
The Holocaust Center’s survey last June showed that more than one in four Norwegians (26 percent ) believed it is true that ” Jews see themselves as better than others.” The same proportion believed that ” Jews today use the memory of the Holocaust for their own benefit .” Twelve percent believed that Jews themselves are to blame for having been persecuted. Around ten percent stated that would have reacted negatively to Jews as neighbors or in your circle of friends .
Prejudice against Jews is therefore still bubbling under the surface . But it is relatively rare that they will come up to the surface. And when they do , they are often camouflaged in a way that makes them more respectable .
In recent Norwegian history is particularly criticism of Jewish religious practices that has been used to provide hateful, public attacks against Jews under a thin veneer of respectability .
In the interwar period there was heated debate about the Jewish ritual slaughter, kosher slaughter. It wasn’t only animal welfare concerns that prompted the debate. The Farmer’s Party representative , Jens Hundseid, who later became prime minister of Norway delivered among other things the following powerful volley from the Parliament’s rostrum :
“We have no obligation to submit our livestock to the Jewish atrocities , we have invited the Jews to this land , and we have no obligation to provide Jews animals for their religious orgies . ”
The Farmer Association’s newspaper, the Nation, published, on the same topic letters of this caliber:
” If they cannot be asked to eat Norwegian livestock, which is slaughtered in accordance with the Norwegian tradition, then they rather should leave Norway . ”
We were reminded of these statements when we read letters to the editor page of the Sunday newspaper VG. In a post where the topic was circumcision of boys was debated under the title ” grotesque practice .” The writer demanded an end to “this grotesque abuse of innocent children ” before he concluded with the following strongly worded :
I have heard that Jews consider to vacate the land if the ban is introduced . If they feel they have to leave Norway in order to continue with this abuse, then we should help them pack up.
We are actually referring to a published letter in the print edition of a news paper, not the open sewer which occasionally characterizes the un-moderated anonymous talk-backs online. To the contrary, this article has been vetted and approved by the VG editors, hand picked from the vast amount of letters received daily.
One can most certainly be a principled opponent of both ritual slaughter and circumcision of boys. But when such criticism of religion is transformed into open encouragement for Norwegian Jews to leave the country , a limit has been crossed.
That of Jew hatred.