Aftenposten’s editorial on 2013 10 25 is on anti-Semitism, in full:
A EUROPEAN SHAME
75 years after the Kristallnacht large numbers of European Jews are still living in fear. Many dare not use Jewish symbols. Anti-Semite personal attacks are on the increase in many countries. Jews being assaulted dare not report this to the police. Their experience is over police reports leading to nought. This is referred to by “Vårt Land” newspaper; quoting the EU’s Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), having made a survey among 5900 Jews in 9 different countries. This survey will be published in a couple of weeks; ahead of the 75th anniversary of the Kristallnacht.
Norway is not part of the FRA survey. The leader of the Jewish Community; Ervin Kohn, tells Vårt Land of his belief in the situation being worse on the Continent than in Norway. The cause for this is the hostile attitude by the Muslim populace; this being smaller in Norway than in many other countries. This is unfortunately not comforting.
Norwegian Jews are also influenced by the developments. This has been revealed by former surveys; telling about Jewish school children being forced to hide their Jewishness while at school, Ervin Kohn delivers personal reports on Jews avoiding using a Kippa when entering the Muslim dominated Grønland district of Oslo. The term Jew is being used as an invective in Norway anew. This is a shame, in a country pretending to be a free and open (society).
The European survey tells the story of half the Swedish Jewry avoiding to use symbols identifying them as Jewish. In France, the figures are 40 percent. Jews in Hungary are under the greatest risk of assault; where 30 percent of the respondents have experienced anti-Semite actions throughout the last year.
Norwegian Jewish psychologist Berit Reisel demonstrated how developments in Europe are congruent with the increase of the Muslim population- a population having little knowledge of European history. This holds the meaning of many European Muslims identifying the Jews with the Middle East conflicts; having little knowledge of the extermination of the Jews in WW2. The FRA has asked the 5100 Jews over where anti-Semitism is originating. According to Vårt Land 27 percent experience the attackers to be Muslim; 22 percent points to leftists, with 19 percent pointing to the right wing.
From Sweden; reports originate of anti-Semite hate crime being at a particular high level during the period Israel was heavily criticized over its warfare in Gaza. We have seen the same in Norway. However, a Norwegian Jew cannot be held responsible over Israel’s policy. Equally, Norwegian Muslims cannot be held responsible over the policies of Muslim countries. Each and every one of us has the right to be regarded as a free and independent human being; regardless of what group we belong to.
The Kristallnacht will soon be 75 years ago. On the night preceding November the 10th of 1938; Austrian and German Jews were free to be hunted down. The Nazis smashed synagogues, houses and shops; killing 91 Jews. The day after; 30 000 Jews were arrested and dispatched to concentration camps.
This fear rising anew is a shame for Europe. No country may be complacent over the situation; for as long as large parts of our Jewish population live in fear over displaying their faith. And no societal group may avoid its responsibility over improving the situation.
Also, this applies to the editorial of Vårt Land: in full:
JEW- AN EXPLETIVE
To Norwegian Jews it is of little consolation to be aware of anti-Semitism being even worse in its consequences in Sweden and other countries further south in Europe.
“Hiding their Jewish identity”.
This was the headline of Vårt Land newspaper on yesterday. The background to this was three in four of the European Jews having experienced anti-Semitism worsening throughout the last five years. These disturbing results are from a large survey among 5900 Jews in nine different countries in Europe.
In Hungary and France nine out of ten Jews states anti-Semitism has worsened throughout the last five years; with eight out of nine responding to the same in Sweden. One out of two Swedish Jews avoid wearing Jewish symbols.
Norway is not part of this survey; the conditions in our neighboring countries do not give any reason to treat the harassment felt by Norwegian Jews superficially. Two persons in the hub of the Jewish community in Norway- Ervin Kohn and the psychologist Berit Reisel- points to this sad development being congruent with the large and growing group of Muslims in Norway.
The numbers of Muslims holding anti-Semite convictions is not likely to be large. Never the less; their numbers are large enough to make “Jew” an expletive in schoolyards and elsewhere; raising fears with and being defamatory towards children, youth and adults.
Criticism of Israel is not anti-Semitism. However, we cannot neglect the fact biased and crude criticism can contribute towards the release of anti-Semite actions and attitudes. Some appears to be unable to differentiate between Norwegian Jews and Israeli policies.
Some Jews have left Malmö over finding life there too hazardous. Nathan Ravid of the Swedish Committee against Anti-Semitism says not only Jews; but also Muslims, Roma and other minorities in Sweden are attacked over displaying signs of ethnic or religious affinity.
Norway and Sweden should endeavor the establishment of an effective cooperative effort to end such an ominous development. There is much at stake. If we cannot put an end to the harassment and persecution of minorities; our society might disintegrate. When integration fails; we are all hit. Even us belonging to the majority ends up with a life for the worse.
Dagen 2013 10 29 p 10, John Solsvik
Israel schedule to release 26 prisoners; two rockets fired at Ashkelon from Gaza.
Except for Dagen; this has received very little coverage in Norwegian media so far. Klassekampen (see below) reports of Israeli attacks on Gaza instead.
PRISONERS DIVIDE ISRAELI CABINET
Dagen 2013 10 29 p 11, John Solsvik, Not online
The question over the release of Palestinian prisoners’ leads to strife within Israel cabinet; proposals to stop prisoner release voted down
HAAKON LIE-ISRAEL’S BEST FRIEND
Dagen 2013 10 29 p 18, 19, Vebjørn Selbekk, Not online
This article on Haakon Lie- Labor party member and leader- and devoted friend of Israel in Norway until his death as a 103 years old in 2009, is an excerpt of Vebjørn Selbekk’s recently released book “Korset og Davidsstjernen” (The Cross and the Mogen David) on the history of the Jews in Norway. Haakon Lie’s good personal relations to the Israeli leadership- mentioning Golda Meir and Levi Eshkol, among others- receive particular coverage, as well as Haakon Lie’s visit to Israel during the Six Day’s War.
THE LAST WITNESSES OF THE HOLOCAUST
Verdens Gang 2013 10 27 p 48, 49, Sindre Hovdenakk, Not online
A review of a recently released book by Jacob Lothe; containing interviews with female survivors of the Shoah, living in Norway. The book receives top grades.
JEWS IN NORWAY
Verdens Gang 2012 10 27 p 49, Stein Inge Jørgensen, Not online
Anne Sender’s recently released book “Our Jewish travel” is reviewed; received top grades.
THE BETRAYAL AGAINST CHRISTIANS, Vårt Land 2013 10 29 p 28, Erling Rimehaug, Not Online
This article is on harassment of Christians in the Middle East; emphasizing the Palestinian areas. This author states, quoting diverse sources, in particular Danish journalist Klaus Wivel, that contrary to official statements by the PA and others, Christians are subjected to systemic persecution by other Palestinians- and this is not a result of Israel’s policies, even though Israel is scapegoated over this. This article also refers to persecution of Christians elsewhere, in particular Iraq. This author notes that his source, Klaus Wivel is a declared secular atheist .
NOBODY WOUNDED IN ISRAELI ATTACK
Klassekampen 2013 10 29 p 16, NTB, Not Online
Israeli fighter aircraft attacked targets in the Gaza strip on yesterday, after militant Palestinians had launched two rockets. Nobody were hurt in the Israeli attack; directed at a deserted Hamas training camp in the north of the Gaza strip. The Palestinian rockets which were launched fell down in deserted areas, doing no harm.
The same news report has been published in Fædrelandsvennen, under this heading:
Dagsavisen 2013 10 28, Roger Hercz
A long and scathing essay by Roger Hercz, pointing to the fact the Hezbollah (and others) are hardly peaceful democrats and are perfectly able to perpetuate war crimes. Never the less, he points to them having received sympathy and credit in the West over being “anti-Imperialist” and having “social conscience”. He also point to Western intellectuals and leftists tendency to over-simplify complicated structures in the Middle East (and elsewhere, referring to the complex conflicts in the Caucasus).
Perhaps predictably; Mr., Hercz is attacked in talkbacks over being some sort of “Imperialist apologist”.
“The paralysis when it comes to the war in Syria it the UNSC’s greatest betrayal in this decade”.
Dagbladet 2013 10 25 p 3
Quoting Jan Egeland
Aftenposten 2013 10 26 p 5, Anne Lindboe
The “Ombud for children” reiterates her argument over a ban on male circumcision; stating this is a consequence of the declaration on children’s rights.
“The Convention on Children article no 24 mandates the state to protect against traditional rites which may be damaging to their health. In Norway we have a proud tradition over relating to breaches of human rights against exposed groups. Time is ripe to let small boys enjoy this protection”.
CIRCUMCISION CHAIR MAY BE MOVED TO THE EMBASSIES
Vårt Land 2013 10 26 p 9, Andreas H. Lindvåg,Not online
This article speculates on the circumcising of Jewish boys being moved to the embassies of Israel in Europe; in the event of national bans on male circumcision of boys.
NyTid.No 2013 10 16, Hedda Langemyr,
A peace activist of the “Norwegian Peace Council”, Hedda Langemyr, criticizes pro-Palestinian “solidarity” movements over bias, states Israel has legitimate concerns, and points to “solidarity” measures actually making Palestinians situation worse.
LEAVE THE DANCE
Klassekampen 2013 10 28 p 15, Kirsti Aarseth/Vanja Alling, Not online
Representatives of AKULBI, a committee for the cultural and academic boycott of Israel demands even more boycotts of Israel. And they are not anti-Semite at all; dearie me, neither are the Palestinians anything but peaceful in their methods.
Quotes: (On the Red One and Heaven dance exhibit in Bærum)
“This is part of the public relations campaign “Brand Israel”; the militant occupier state’s strategy to embellish its reputation”.
“How can a state incarcerating football players, bombing sporting facilities receive an European championship”?