Israel and Jews in Norwegian media

Some short summaries  the Norwegian debate/coverage on topics related to Israel, the Middle East and Judaism


Dagsavisen 2013 10 05 p 33, 34, Finn Sjue

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Author, journalist and former  (?) Marxist Finn Sjue criticizes Norwegian media over selectivity in their coverage of important issues, like incompetence in public administration, police incompetence, health care administrative incompetence, the war in Afghanistan and the military’s relation to NGOs, foreign aid policy, corruption within administrative bodies, immigration issues and a whole range of “holy cows”.

Mr. Sjue pleads for more professionalism and honesty in media.


Israeli issues


Dagen 2013 10 05, John Solsvik

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On scientific progress in Israeli agriculture.



Vårt Land 2013 10 07 p 8


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On the shooting of a nine years old girl in the Psagot settlement on Saturday; this attack is mentioned in Christian news sources, but appears to be ignored in mainstream media, with the exception of Dagsavisen, which carries a very small article on this.

Jewish issues


Dagen 2013 10 07 p 10, John Solsvik

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On the reactions towards the EU council’s proposed ban on male circumcision, described by Israeli MFA and Jewish NGOs as “anti-Jewish”.



Dagen 2013 10 08


Christian newspaper “Dagen” states opposition to male circumcision in many cases is covert expression of anti-Semitism; quoting examples from the mainstream media.



Dagen 2013 10 10 p 10, 11, Silje Rogsnvåg

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The editor of free lifestyle magazine “Natt og Dag”; Håvard Nyhus, attacks Children’s Ombud Anne Lindboe over promoting intolerance concerning her stance on male circumcision.


“What mandate do we have to trespass on the minorities’ right to free religious exercise?”

The circumcision issue is hotly debated in the talk-back pages of the media.


Middle East issues


Dagsavisen 2013 10 04 p 20, Roger Hercz

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Long and interesting article on the de facto emerging new alliances of the Middle East; being a result of the “Arab spring”.

The article points to Saudi Arabia and Israel cooperating in counteracting the influence of Iran in the region; this being the result of what is perceived as US influence waning.



Aftenposten 2013 10 06 p 18

Åsmund Gram Dokka


Long and informative article on the Yom Kippur war




Morgenbladet, issue of 4th through 10th of October 2013, p 12, 13, Cecilie Hellestveit

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On the dilemmas and paradoxes of Syria_ this op-ed points to the Assad regime having strengthened its legitimacy through its dialogue with the UNSC; actually representing the legal authority of Syria, this in spite of allegations over the use of chemical weapons.   The situation within Syria is bleak, though, with two million external refugees and five million internal refugees. Also, the fear over dispersion of the conflict to Iraq and Lebanon is an important issue.

The author points to a de facto war having arisen between Al Qaeda and Hezbollah; supporting opposing factions within Syria. The author points to Saudi Arabia and Iran as the key factors to either stabilizing the region- or the opposite.



Dagsavisen 2013 10 07 p 2,3

Roger Hercz


On the lacking coverage of conflicts not related to Israel in the Middle East, in this case the internal conflict in Egypt, in the context of the death of an Egyptian soldier, killed by a sniper in the village of Sheikh Zuweid.


17 comments for “Israel and Jews in Norwegian media

  1. : )
    October 9, 2013 at 2:45 am


    I think its time to see how are with the Jews her in Norway and what kind of people that just talk about how the Jews can be accepted as Norwegians. What is a typical Norwegian?

    VD has a posted a new Jews forgive and we will regard you as Norwegians:

    As usual its the Jew lovers on VD that show great interest for the going popcorn show that VD should have stoped for a long time ago. Gule is the only person on this page that show anykind of progress in developing a less ego and greater understanding for diffrent opinions and why it is needed in a democracy. Good way to go Gule!

    I found this interesting:

    Get the facts on the table and explain to animal loving people that one has to show respect for religious feelins, as one show respect for people that has feelings for the nature as well.

  2. martin
    October 9, 2013 at 9:11 am

    So at last in the Norwegian media, you are finally finding out for yourselves about Israel and Saudi. This should also include others, such as the Gulf States (with even Turkey having problems with Obama’s perceived weakness in foreign politics) If you had been reading the Debkafile, you would not have been surprised.

    The other Arab states are looking towards Israel as a form of mutual assistance because of barmy Obama. Arabs appreciate strong words and actions. Decency is shown as a weakness. When will the west (and Israel to for that matter)) realise this?.

  3. Ellen
    October 9, 2013 at 10:59 am

    What the hell does Elias Per Vågnes mean by “For most Norwegians, it was a good thing it happened the way it did?” D: Why is that guy legal?

  4. Elias Per Vågnes
    October 14, 2013 at 7:38 am

    Why not ask him?

  5. October 14, 2013 at 7:56 am

    Whenever you like, Per Elias. I have noticed that you have what one might call unusual points of view, which you feel very free to expand on in Norwegian, I would admire you quite a lot more if you had the courage to express your thoughts outside the echo-chamber you currently like so much to tune in to.
    Here, let me throw a glove straight in your face… why do you let your guilt over your own naiveté and lack of knowledge of even the most basic of facts of the Middle East cloud your view? It seems you went to the ME sometime in your youth and was promptly confronted with your own lack of understanding. And perhaps your own racism. But why, in stead of checking the facts in stead of gullibly buying the theatre show you were presented, have you fallen into the other ditch, the same intolerance and contempt of other people with other points of view than your own? It is shocking that you can produce such a vast amount of racist ideology without ever having been confronted with the inaccuracies, falsifications, etc, which seems to be the standard of most of your posts?

  6. Elias Per Vågnes
    October 14, 2013 at 8:29 am

    Thank you! At least I have the guts to express my view signing with my full name. Everybody who want to find me can do so without problems. That is more than you can say about those who is active on your blog. And of course I know why.

  7. October 14, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    Per Elias, you talk as you have the brain to. You still have not reproduced any of your ridiculous claims here in English. I put it to you, a name does not make you an honorable person. Have they tired of you at Vårt Land, since you are trying your tricks here? Now, be a nice man and respond to glove slap. If you are looking for an easy way out, you have got the wrong address

  8. Elias Per Vågnes
    October 14, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    I am not on your blog to exchange insults. I am here because your bloggers have questioned my person. If anybody of your bloggers have any questions please do not hesitate.

  9. October 14, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    I would not hold my breath, Per Elias. I don’t think anybody find you remotely interesting, rather only a symptom of the very low standards of the VL debate forum where anti-Semitic views are openly posted with no critical control or feedback from editors.

  10. Gaute
    October 15, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    ep Vågnes have always come around as a pig when it comes to his views on the middle east. And VD is filled with persons like that. Check Kjeltil Nilsen and his buddy leif lysvik. You cant stop them from writing on vd but you can ignore them!!

  11. Gaute
    October 15, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    And people like vågnes dont know much about the middle east, or at least their mission is not to enlighten, just to smear Israel and the jews. **** you ep vågnes…

  12. October 15, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    really Gaute, if you want to be taken seriously, stay off the expletives.

  13. martin
    October 16, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    to Elias Per Vaagnes. As I am not Norwegian, please explain what is your background. are you a journalist, or just a subscriber to the newspapers? What are your credentials regarding matters relating to the middle east?

  14. Gaute
    October 16, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    Elias Per Vaagnes is a former skipper on a ferry from what i know. His basic knowledge on the middle east comes from the excellent norwegian press i guess!! Hes just one of many on VD who holds Israel accountable for everything thats wrong in this world, including his own problems………………………….

  15. : )
    October 17, 2013 at 1:30 am


    I have really stopped to use the web. I agree with Gaute that Elias has his own problems that he tries to paint on the wall so that people see what is the fact and way forward. Its sad that so few people her in Norway helps people like that by spending time with them, but just push them to do things that might help them to feel better. My grandmother was a mental destroyed most of my childehood because of the war. I knew it, but I just sat beside her and spoked when she wanted from a very early age. In the end of her life she started to tell me more and I think it was good for her to just get things out. I felt its was sad that the world lost the change to meet her, but at the same time I felt very lucky to be the one she wanted to have close, I felt very deep calm and love when I was with her, it was as the world just didn’t exist anymore with all its problems and demands it was just peace.

    Please Elias find people around you that can have nice talks to off the web. My experience is that it can be very stressfull to express one self on the web.If you feel so please seek some professional help if you can’t just trow the computer out of the window or better just turn it off.

    Let the young people find the way forward for Norway, we have so many good people that are mental strong and funny to lead Norway that want to spend time to hear on all the young people 18 – 30 years. Be more than just a old man, be positve and glad for the life you had and have. Good luck to you!

  16. Ellen
    October 17, 2013 at 2:54 am

    OK, reading the article on VD again, it appears that what Vågnes meant by “how it went”, that was best for the Norwegian people, was that the government and royal family escaped, not what happened to the Jews. He quotes another guy, who I mistook to be talking about Danish Jews being killed if they hadn’t escaped.

  17. martin
    October 19, 2013 at 10:39 am

    Well, I thought perhaps E,P Vaagnes might be firm to his word.
    I am still waiting Mr Vaagnes for your reply, which answered your previous statement.
    Have you left us?

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