Some short summaries the Norwegian debate/coverage on topics related to Israel, the Middle East and Judaism
THE LARGE BLIND SPOTS
Dagsavisen 2013 10 05 p 33, 34, Finn Sjue
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.
ISRAEL CREATES TOMORROW’S AGRICULTURE
Dagen 2013 10 05, John Solsvik
On scientific progress in Israeli agriculture.
ISRAEL GIRL (9) ATTACKED
Vårt Land 2013 10 07 p 8
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.
REACTS TO BAN ON CIRCUMCISION
Dagen 2013 10 07 p 10, John Solsvik
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.
CHILDREN’S OMBUD INTOLERANT CONCERNING CIRCUMCISION
Dagen 2013 10 10 p 10, 11, Silje Rogsnvåg
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
NEW ALLIANCES ARE RISING
Dagsavisen 2013 10 04 p 20, Roger Hercz
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
THE HAZARD OF DISPERSION IN THE MIDDLE EAST
Morgenbladet, issue of 4th through 10th of October 2013, p 12, 13, Cecilie Hellestveit
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
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.