HIDE JEWISH IDENTITY (Vårt Land 2012 20 24 front page)
Vårt Land 2013 10 24 p 10, 111, Geir Ove Fonn
European Jews are experiencing more anti-Semitism. In Sweden, one in two Jews avoids wearing symbols identifying them as Jews. Three out of four European Jews experiences anti-Semitism as becoming worse throughout the last five years; in particular anti-Jewish comments and hateful internet vocabulary. These are the results of a large survey among 5900 European Jews in nine different countries.
- 22 percent answers to avoiding visiting Jewish localities and wearing a kippa or other symbols displaying their Jewish identity; in fear over their own security.
- In Sweden, 49 percent of 800 respondents state they are avoiding wearing a kippa or other Jewish symbols. In France, four out of nine gives the same response.
- In Hungary and France about nine out of ten responds to anti-Semitism having turned for the worse in the last five years. In Sweden, eight out of then gives the same response.
- More than three out of four responds to not reporting anti-Semite harassment to the police. Two in three do not report physical assaults; about the same segment who says reporting such events “is not worth the effort” or has little effect.
“I am not so surprised over this tendency; however, figures are more negative than I at first thought. We know, from many studies, and our own experiences that it has become worse to be a Jew in Europe throughout the last years”, says the leader of the Jewish community in Oslo, Ervin Kohn.
Norway is not part of this survey; and Kohn holds the opinion the situation to the Jews is worse further south in the continent than at home.
“This is connected to a number of European countries having a significantly larger Muslim population than Norway. There is a clear tendency towards more anti-Semitism among Muslims than else place in society. I am aware of Jews removing their kippa when walking through Grønland in Oslo”; Kohn says.
He points to a minority of Norwegian Jews using the kippa on a daily basis. Somewhat humorously he adds other minorities are also at risk of harassment in Norwegian streets. “I guess I would have received comments from VIF (football club in Norway) supporters if I wore my Sogndal (another football club) ‘kippa’ (scarf) at Vålerenga”, this fan of the Sogn and Fjordane team says.
According to the survey, three out of ten Hungarian Jews have experienced anti-Semite actions throughout the last twelve months. The same apply to two out of ten French Jews, and 16 percent of German Jews.
27 percent of those having experienced such activities holds the perpetrators are Muslim, 22 percent accuse Leftists, while 19 percent holds (the perpetrators) to be right wing.
“Norway has not been spared the negative developments throughout the last decade, One can experience ‘Jew’ being used as an invective in a Norwegian schoolyard; almost unthinkable in the 70s”, Ervin Kohn says.
According to this survey some place between 40 and 50 percent of Jews in Belgium, France and Hungary states they are considering to migrate, over not feeling safe, according to Jerusalem Post. In an editorial, this newspaper writes Israel should prepare to receive European Jews in their thousands:
“Their exodus would be proof over Europe not having learnt by the Holocaust; at the same time being a tremendous addition to the Israeli state”.
POINTS TO MUSLIMS
Vårt Land 2013 10 24 p 10,Geir Ove Fonn, Not online
Berit Reisel, of the Jewish community in Norway, says she is “disturbed” over developments in Europe and Norway. This psychologist, twice a Scandinavian representative to the European Council of Jewish Communities, makes a number of pertinent comments:
“This development is congruent with a growing large group of Muslims in Europe, being anchored in another pattern of thinking; having little knowledge of European history. Many still have their loyalty to changing regimes in the Middle East; and a relation to Israel filled with conflict”.
“It is a problem that Norwegian society so easily accepts us living with concrete barriers next to the synagogue; having the need to have security guards present for worship”.
Ms. Reisel holds the present debate on circumcision is an example of a lack of understanding of the Jewish minority.
MORE HATE CRIME IN SWEDEN, Vårt Land 2013 10 24 p 11
Geir Ove Fonn, Not online
Jews in Sweden subjected to large amounts of anti-Semitism; the city of Malmö being among the worst places.
Aftenposten 2013 10 24
Ervin Kohn/Leif Knutsen
The appeal by the Ombud for children, Anne Lindboe and others, on criminalization of early male circumcision has not been directed towards us practicing this custom; rather to the authorities, hoping for them to instruct us through a commandment.
The claims by the Ombud for children, Anne Lindboe and others, on October the 16th are basically deviating from medical science, basic human rights and common decency.
The appeal in Aftenposten is not directed at us practicing the custom; rather to the authorities, hoping for us to be instructed with a command. This is how minorities are to be “informed” to respect what the authors deem to be correct to us and our children.
Is this how the authors hope for a dialogue within an open and inclusive society?
They claim the USA has not been a signatory to the Children’s Convention; even though it was done on February the 23rd of 1995.
They also claims it is a strife between American and European pediatricians; when it is in reality between the US association of pediatricians and a handful of European anti-circumcision activists in countries where male circumcision is very uncommon.
No case-related objections.
They invalidate and refute five years of methodical reviews of more than 1000 peer- reviewed articles documenting studies worldwide; having no case-related objections towards the conclusions.
They resort to horror propaganda and hyperbole concerning the complications due to this procedure. They indicate the quality of medical studies improve through proximity to Norway.
They discredit the motives and competence of the whole US research community; even though being aware of Norwegian medicine and popular health care being dependent on science imported from the USA.
Nearly half of all Nobel awardees within medicine are US citizens.
Norway holds zero, by the way.
As evidence, two tragic incidents being investigated by police and health authorities are quoted; these authorities being under an oath of secrecy.
They are commenting upon these issues contrary to established medical practices on such issues.
They seem to hold it would be impossible to motivate today’s Jews to early male circumcision for medical reasons unless there is also a tradition among us.
They interpret two articles of the Children’s Convention in a fashion unthinkable in the majority of countries in which early male circumcision is common practice; and they totally disregard the articles (no. 2, 5, 14, 16 and 30) protecting children, their parents and their minority communities from the breach of human rights their proposed ban would cause.
They legitimate the bullying of children who are different; through demanding there must be fewer difference rather than greater acceptance over these.
If a ban grounded on the causes they promote was realized; not a single one of the many children with difficulties in this country would see their situation improve.
For our apart; we want to encourage the Government, the health authorities, the media and the public to be informed over the medical, ethical, cultural and religious aspects on early make circumcision.
However, we hope this will be based on critical and thorough approach to the research, case-related debated and knowledge on the subject, and not prejudicing, stupidity-inducing and ethnocentric appeals of this kind.
Fagbladet 2013 10 17, Vegard Velle
Campaign against G4S within the LO; the LO, together with Norwegian People’s Aid and several other NGOs having implemented an action week from the “21st through the 25th of October. See Facebook homepage for this action week here:
FriFagbevegelse 2013 10 18, Ane Børrud
Local trade union leaders at Gardermoen airport, serving the greater Oslo region and also being Norway’s major hub in the air, protests over LO initiatives to boycott the G4S security corporation; being particularly targeted over claims on assistance in alleged Israeli human rights abuses, over their presence in Israel. Local trade union leaders Knut Gaarder and Rune Hansen, both working within the G4S, states boycotts of this corporation will have no effect whatsoever for the Palestinians.
Knut Gaarder/Rune Hansen. Copyright: Martin Folmoe.
Dagsavisen 2013 10 24
In this letter to the editor, the author points to a number of countries in which the G4S is represented, whose human rights records are far worse than Israel’s without the least indication of any boycott by LO or Norwegian People’s Aid.
The author states these boycott proposals are caused by “double standards”.
Aftenbladet 2013 10 24,Arild Inge Olsson
According to the Norwegian MFA; some 60-70 “Norwegians” are stuck in Gaza; due to blockade by both Egypt and Israel. There is very little the MFA can do about this.
In the picture accompanying the story, we can see Norwegian citizen Nedal Aboshemade, resident in Grimstad, being one of those stuck in Gaza, with his wife, Hadel, not a Norwegian citizen.