various articles covering Israel and Palestinians. It seems that, with the ME is general going down in flames and the Sudan experience has blown up in everybody’s face, the Norwegian public is no longer buying the idea that Israel is the biggest threat to world peace. But whenever there is a chance to portray Israel in the poorest possible way, you can bet your bottom dollar that the usual suspects are giving it their very best. Or, if not possible to stick it on Israel, then at least a very curious under-reporting of Palestinian serious offenses and their consequences in other countries…
Dagbladet 2013 12 23
Jan Erik Smilden
JES bring a review of a recently released book, “På stengte stier” (On closed paths) by Norwegian Lutheran priest Tor Øystein Vaaland. According to the reviewer; this book is critical towards Israel. Talkbacks to this article are surprisingly pro-Israel, though.
Dagen 2013 13 24
Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu criticizes USA over what he holds to be “Unacceptable wiretapping” of his predecessor Ehud Olmert.
The NSA is mapping hundreds of millions of cell phones; in order to find their whereabouts, Washington Post writes.
“Given the close relations between USA and Israel; there are things we cannot do; and it is unacceptable to us”; Netanyahu said in a Likud party meeting on Monday.
In last week, NYT wrote of American and British intelligence having wiretapped Olmert’s communications from 2008 throughout 2011; in addition to the communication of several other foreign leaders.
This was based on revelations by American Edward Snowden.
DANGEROUS IN AND AROUND LEBANON
Dagsavisen 2013 12 30 p 16, 17
On the recent rocket attack in Israel from Lebanon; in spite of this escalation, the author states the Israeli-Lebanese frontier is actually quite stable, due to contacts between the IDF and the Lebanese army being maintained through the UN at the Naquora border crossing. He speculates on this attack being caused by internal tensions in Lebanon; rather than hostility towards Israel, referring to historic conflicts in the Lebanese society.
THE WAY OUT OF THE TV-SERIES DESERT
Aftenposten A-Magasinet 2013 12 27 p 38
How often have I not heard of Norwegian creators of TV series talking of Denmark? On ugly/beautiful cityscapes in Copenhagen; strong female characters and exciting TV series. However, let’s make an account on this: “Borgen” was mainly OK; “The Crime” was dense and exciting; however weaker every season. And the “Bridge”? One should seek hard to find some more overstated, unlikely and generally overvalued TV-series.
However, hopes exist, even for small nations. As, while even the good Danish productions were profoundly conventional and schematic, a country exists in which TV-dramas have taken one step further. This has demonstrated how original ideas and good scripts are of greater importance than large budgets and star actors. Which have understood how national traumas and cultural idiosyncrasies may metamorphose to good stories with a global field of reception. I am talking of Israel.
Thin all started with “Be Tipul”, a low budget drama centered on Tel Aviv based psychologist Reuven Dagan. The background of this idea was rather obvious: Neurotic self-examinations being a Jewish stereotype. Tel Aviv is a world leader in the numbers of psychologists and psychoanalysts in relation to the number of inhabitants. The rest is history: HBO bought the concept; creating “In treatment”.
And of course, then “Hatufim” appeared; the drama directly inspiring “Homeland”; at present the greatest TV series in the world. What was an exotic twist to American viewers- returned POW with a Stockholm syndrome- is reflecting an abysmal and eternally actual trauma within Israel.
Watch these two seasons for yourself; and you will understand what I mean. Perhaps it would be inspiring to coming creators of TV-series to remove their imitation hat; rather creating something genuinely Norwegian and original?
Aftenposten A-Magasinet 2013 12 27 p 38
No stated author
The Israeli export of TV series cannot be seen isolated from the other successful business ventures of this country. In parallel to stagnation in peace talks and a right way turn in politics; Israel has developed a remarkable vital and competitive corporate sector. According to the book “Start-up nation” , this country has more businesses recorded in the NASDAQ than any other country, USA excluded. There are numerous explanations to this: A population with a high standard of education, meritocratic national service, hi-tech industry, a climate for altercations, criticism, diversity and creativity. Open an Israeli newspaper and you will not see moralist and conformist consensus as you will in Norway- you will rather see professional military people, peace activists and ultra-right hawks discussing, making sparks fly. Of course this diversity has much to say for the growth of popular culture.
NEVER MORE ARTICLE 2!
Aftenposten 2013 12 31 p 5
The 1814 Constitution; with its infamous Article 2, banning Jews; Jesuits and monastic orders from the country, will be 200 years old by 2014. Only after many years of debate were the Jews given access to the country, much due to the commitment and efforts of Henrik Wergeland. In what else wise was a liberal and modern constitution; its Article 2 remains a racist and xenophobic spot of shame. However, even today , adult Norwegians exist who are not aware of the “Jew Article”. This is a reminder of knowledge of history being important; and our duty to pass this on to the new generations. Today, there are propsals over refusing an athnicity access to the country. Let us use this anniversary of 2014 for a campaign against exclusion and for inclusion under the slogan “Never more Article 2”. HM the King shall speak on the International Holocaust day on January the 27th.
Our call to His Majesty is to introduce the anniversary with the words “Never more Article 2”.
Dagbladet 2013 12 26
Russian pathologists rule out Arafat poisoning; stated death was from “natural causes”. This is in compliance with French pathologists; but contrary to Swiss experts, having found “unnatural levels” of Po 210 in body remnants.
NRK Trøndelag 2013 12 26
The drummer of the “Trøndersolistene” orchestra was arrested by police in Israel. The orchestra informs of this man having by now been released.
While touring in Palestine, the orchestra’s bus was stopped at a checkpoint outside of Nazareth; Tidens Krav writes. The orchestra’s Palestinian drummer was arrested, the orchestra informs.
“Guards entered our bus, being heavily armed, taking away our drummer. This was dramatic, conducted in a brutal fashion. This was a very nasty situation”, says the director of the orchestra, Steinar Larsen.
Children were frightened
Slightly before 2030 hours Larsen informs of the drummer having been released, but they do not know his whereabouts.
According to Larsen, the arrest was due to the Palestinian drummer not having his papers in order, police have stated. Never the less, he says this event is describing of t he situation in the region.
Larsen says adults and children were aboard the bus. Guards were behaving determined; frightening several of the children.
“Most likely, the drummer hailing from Ramallah was arrested over his Palestinian background. This says something about the regime they live under”, Larsen says to NRK.no.
After an hour had passed, the bus was allowed to drive on-without the drummer.
Larsen attempted to call him; receiving no reply.
Just wanted to work.
Were you in contact with the country’s authorities?
“No, but we are in touch with our friends down here in order to find out what has happened”, he says.
Larsen told “Tidens Krav” the drummer might be jailed for up to four months; having his freedom of movement restricted.
At 2040 hours the director says the man has been in contact with the orchestra; but he is not aware of his whereabouts. They are by now working to clarify this situation.
The drummer was part of a tour with the “Trøndersolistene”.
“As far as we know, his papers were in order; so there was little we could do, not now or afterwards”, he tells “Tidens Krav”.
NRK Verden 2014 01 01
Palestinian ambassador to Czech Republic dies after explosion in safe; allegedly unopened for 30 years.
NRK Verden 2014 01 02
No terrorism involved in death of Palestinian ambassador to Czech Republic; police sources say.
NRK Verden 2014 01 02
Stig Arild Pettersen
Arms cache found in residence of killed Palestinian ambassador; Czech authorities state this is in breach of the Vienna conventions.
Palestinakomiteen I Norge 2013 12 31
Annicken Lundgaard/Anna Lund Bjørnsen
Pal-Activists accusing Israel of “Apartheid”; stating “Arafat was friend of Mandela”, also stating the Embassy of Israel in Oslo has issued “misleading statements” on Mandela.