Israel and Jewish issues in Norwegian media

with the rest of the ME burning and Norwegian Muslim girls eloping to Syria to join the Jihadists, or the Norwegian mastermind of the recent Nairobi terror attack one would have thought that less focus on Israel and Jews would be the logical consequence…

CONSTRUCTING A NEW TEMPLE IS ASKING FOR A DISASTER

NRK Verden 2013 10 21

Sidsel Wold

Summary.

This article is on the aspirations of some Jewish groups to tear down the Mosque of the Cliff; in order to reconstruct the “Old” temple of Salomon.

Being Sidsel Wold, both the article and the TV production are rather objective, quoting moderate Israeli/Jewish voices.

MORE WOMEN AT THE TOP

Dagsavisen 2013 10 23

Roger Hercz

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Summary.

On Karnit Flug, the new leader of the Israeli central Bank; and also on the situation for women in Israel in general, pointing to Israel still being a male-value dominated society.

FRIENDS OF ISRAEL HOPES FOR A NEW COURSE

Aftenposten 2013 10 18 p 17

Kristian Skårdalsmo/NTB

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Summary.

Members of the “Friends of Israel” at the Storting in ministerial postings.

These are:

Anders Anundsen (Progressives)

Solveig Horne (Progressives)

Ketil Solvik-Olsen(Progressives)

Tord Lien(Progressives)

Torbjørn Røe-Isaksen (Conservatives)

Jørund Rytman (Progressives) will lead the Committee of Industry at the Storting is also a member.

Ambassador Naim Araidi is quoted in this article; as is Hans Olav Syversen of the Christian People’s Party.

Quote by Syversen:

“There is no doubt among the public over Norway’s position within Israel having been weakened strongly throughout the RedGreen rule; due to many verbal attacks by one of the governing parties, the Socialists”.

ISRAELI AMBASSADOR WISHES FOR A “BALANCED”POLICY ON THE MIDDLE EAST

Nettavisen 2013 10 18

Thomas Paust

On Thursday, Nettavisen wrote of at least five of the oncoming ministers being members of the “Friends of Israel at the Storting”. The NGO “MIFF” (With Israel for Peace) has made this list over friends of Israel within the new government.

The Ambassador of Israel to Norway is content with friends of Israel being broadly represented in this new government.

“I wish to congratulate the new government and the Norwegian people over a successful and peaceful transition in government”, Ambassador Naim Araidi says in a statement to Nettavisen.

“We are happy to hear members of the new government stating Norway wants a balanced approach towards the Middle East”, Araidi says.

“Israel has friendly relations towards Norway as a country; independent of the composition of its government”; he adds.

Content over Barth-Eide.

Araidi also presents his thanks over a good cooperation with the by now resigned FM Espen Barth-Eide (Labor).

“We have good friends within the former ministry; in particular I must profile the very good dialogue we had with former FM Barth-Eide; who twice visited Israel throughout last year. In our meetings, FM Barth-Eide has a nice, pragmatic and positive attitude”, Araidi says.

The “Gaza doctor”, Mads Gilbert, is however declaring displeasure over there being so many friends of Israel within the new ministry.

“Solberg must make a cleaning up operation when it comes to unbalanced biases within the government”, dr. Mads Gilbert stated to Nettavisen on Thursday.

This is satisfying.

Hans Olav Syversen, a CPP member of Storting, formerly the leader of the Israel group at the Storting, is very satisfied with the Ministry holding so many friends of Israel.

“I find this a pleasure. I hope it will contribute to a wider focus on the cooperation between Norway and Israel; not only being an issue of the Middle East and conflicts when Israel is being mentioned, but also a wider focus on exchange within culture, academia and trade. Israel is an exciting country within all these sectors”, Syversen told Nettavisen.

Børge Brende, the new Norwegian FM, briefly made statements on Norway’s new Middle East policies in an interview with Urix on Wednesday.

Brende says he wished for Norway to continue as the leader of the donor country group. Brende also told of the government intending to work for a two state solution.

Former members.

The Minister of Justice, Anders Anundsen, Progressives, the Minister of Oil and Energy, Tord Lien, Progressives, the Minister of Children and Families, Solveig Horne, Progressives, the Minister of communications, Ketil Solvik-Olsen (Progressives) and the Minister of Knowledge, Torbjørn Røe Isaksen were all members of the friends of Israel at the Storting. Robert Eriksson, Progressives, has stated his intent to join.

EVERY FIFTH NOBEL PROCE IS AWARDED TO A JEW

Dagen 2013 10 22 front page

Summary.

This front page refers to an article within the newspaper, on the surprising high numbers of Jews having been awarded Nobel’s; within very diverse sectors of science and social life.

WHERE “THEY” BECAME ONE OF US

Dagsavisen 2013 10 19 p 34, 35

Lars West Johnsen

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Summary.

Article on a recently published book by Danish author Bo Lidegaard on the rescue of the Danish Jewry in WW2; comparing this to the situation in Norway, where half of the Jewish population were sent to the Shoah. The author has made a number of pertinent observations over the differences between Norway and Denmark during WW2, likely to raise more debate in the future.

 

MAY BE A JEWISH EXODUS FROM EUROPE IN THE FUTURE

Dagen 2013 10 19 p 12, 13

John Solsvik

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Summary.

European Jews feels persecuted; an exodus to Israel is a genuine possibility.

FORESKINS AND BANS

Dagsavisen 2013 10 23 p 4, 5

Åse Røthing

Summary.

This professor at the College of Østfold makes the statement that opposition towards the circumcision of boys is more based on Norwegian cultural self-satisfaction than medical facts.

THIS DEBATE HAS A PROBLEM WITH TIGHT FORESKINS

Morgenbladet, issue of 18th through 24th of October 2013 p 28

Håvard Nyhus

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Summary.

The editor of “Natt&Dag” lifestyle magazine defends the rights of Jewish parents to circumcise their sons.

ON PENISES AND RIGHTS

Morgenbladet, issue of 18th through 24th of October 2013 p 29

Lars Johan Materstvedt

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Summary.

This professor of Philosophy at the NTNU is against circumcision of boys.

Quotes:

“On my own behalf, I would like to add this: Besides religion and culture, this debate is concerned with something as fundamental as the human right not to be subjected to harm against or without owns will. It is remarkable that as a liberal nation under the law Norway has not banned this form of mutilation”.

“I think posterity will look upon us with disdain if we in the anniversary year (of the constitution) still permit the mutilation of little boys”.

DIFFERENT VIEWS ON THE OSLO ACCORDS

Aftenposten 2013 1 23  p 6

Peder Martin Lysestøl

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Summary.

The former leader of the PalCom; by now the leader of the International Conference on Palestine, attacks Israel, also attacks former FM Espen Barth Eide over being too pro-Israeli.

ARAB DWELLERS FORCED OUT

Dagen 2013 10 23 p 10, 11

John Solsvik

Summary.

Arab dwellers of the villages Nabi Samwil and Al Khalaylat claims Israelis wants them removed; have received irrigation aid from Norwegian People’s Aid, which Israeli authorities have denied them access to. The article states the local Arabs had cleared this with Israeli authorities in advance; however, the authorities have changed their minds over this irrigation equipment, refusing to allow shipment.

In a commentary to this article, Guy Inbar, a spokesman of the Israeli COGAT, states the reason for the refusal to allow the shipment of this equipment is lacking permits, the Nabi Samwil area being a nature reserve. On the other hand, he also states this decision may be subject to a reevaluation by the DCO, being under IDF control.

OPEN MEETING IN OLSO ON GRASS ROOTS ACTIVISM IN PALESTINE ON OCTOBER 31ST  2013

Palestinakomiteen i Norge 2013 10 04

No stated author

Summary.

Palestinian activists Jamal Juma and Mahmoud Subuh to lecture on Israeli apartheid and suppression in Palestine; the lecturers are representing Stop the Wall/anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign, The Popular Resistance Committees and the BDS-Movement.

WITH HOPE AS A WEAPON

Palestinakomiteen i Norge 2013 10 13

No stated author

Summary. Palestinian activist Mahmoud Subus (see above) to lecture at NTNU in Trondheim and Levanger on October 28th . Mr. Subus is described as director of “International Relations for the Yafa Cultural Center” at the Balata refugee camp.