lifted from Miff.no (google translate)
shocking what our tax money go towards. So now we have a newspaper that unashamedly publishes antisemitic drivel, and a publicly funded art gallery that sponsors Jew hate. in spite of google translate you will get the gist of the excellent article featured on Miff.no. I would strongly suggest that readers who happen to stumble over this little blog, pick up on the petition from MIFF: If you think this is unsuitable for publicly funded art, then write or call the art gallery and let them know about your disgust. Also, you should strongly consider visiting the MIFF website and learn how you can support them and their impressive work
Demonization of Israel in southern Norway’s Art Museum
Sørlandets Art Museum is exhibiting a ” work of art” Guttorm Guttormsgaard consisting of a series of lies against Israel. The museum has acquired the image of your and my tax money .
By Conrad Myrland
Published: 28.02.2014 , at. 12:54 pm
Updated : 28.02.2014 at . 1:04 pm
15 February opened Sørlandets Art Museum ( SKMU ) a new exhibition which they call ” Before and now afterwards” . Overall, the exhibition consists of 78 works by 27 artists, announced Fædrelandsvennen 17 February.
One of the ” works of art ” is the picture ” Do not Forget ” by Guttorm Guttormsgaard ( 75 ) , pictured at the top of this article.
What museum says
Curator Karl Olav Segrov Mortensen at SKMU informs MIFF that there are three artworks with clear foreign policy content of the exhibition . One is ” generally geared towards warfare as a phenomenon ” , another shows the ruins of a conference building after the civil war in Lebanon in the 1970s . The theme for the room “is decay and destruction ,” says Mortensen. He admits that Guttormsgaard work , which is the third political work , is ” very clear ” and “strong bias” .
Mortensen also states that the work ” Forget not ” purchased by the museum. Earlier work has been shown at the Cotton Factory in Arendal. The conservator will not say how much the museum paid for the work.
To a southerner who sent his reaction to the artwork sent Mortensen commented :
” Thank you for your response and for your opinion on the work of Guttorm Guttormsgaard and Israel – Palestine.
There is no doubt that the work takes a clear stand and use strong measures to promote a particular point of view . Art can be many types of expression and play many roles. It can also be or hold political views . As art museum covers the whole field of art , including the political . However, it is important to remember that remark in a work of art comes from a single person, the artist.
To view an artwork of this kind makes it even open for discussion and motytringer . Art Room is just such a room where it will be possible to discuss many different expressions , including those that are unpleasant , or they disagree with . We do not see it as our job to censor and remove this type of utterances.
On the contrary , we think it is important to take care of them and confront them with our audience so that they can contribute to the exchange and discussion . ”
What MIFF says
Of all the dozens of states that have been deeply involved in deadly wars in the period after World War II , it is only Israel that SKMU paid to hang out as mass murderers , child murderers and terrorists. The conservator argues utterance comes from artists, but the museum can not disclaim its responsibility to broadcast this out in public when they do not just set it out, but also paid the money to do it.
Far more than 50 million people are killed in war for the last 70 years. Even if one were to hold Israel solely responsible for casualties in all the wars since 1947 – which of course is completely wrong ! – This represents just a tiny fraction of people killed in war . Here you can see where over 50 million people are killed in war and armed conflict. No “artwork ” that criticizes some of these other countries have SKMU used Southerners tax money to buy .
The exhibit Guttormsgaard works SKMU contribute to strengthening the false image of Israel in Norway . As MIFF has pointed out in the Norwegian Freedom creates the extreme surplus of Israel’s wars, without the war compares to wars in other countries , a false impression of a cruel Jewish state .
Norwegians leave, more than other Europeans , their attitude towards Jews be affected by actions undertaken by Israel. No one explains the often violence against Jews in their own country with anti – Israeli attitudes. To create a false image of Israel , contributes to nurture anti-Semitism fertile ground in Norway .
Comments on accusations
As to the specific allegations Guttormsgaard present in his work .
1947 – There was no Israel at that time , nor ” terrorism israel ” . In November 1947 the Arabs rejected the UN partition proposal and Arab terrorist groups intensified their attacks against Jews in the British Mandate area. There was a civil war. An Arab state could be established in Palestine if the Arabs had accepted the creation of a Jewish state . Guttormsgaard lying about 1947.
1948 – Begin – Israel mass-murdering refugees , claiming Guttormsgaard . According to historian Benny Morris , there are several examples of massacres of Jews in the period before 1948 , but there are no examples of massacres of Arabs . The most famous massacre of Jews in the mandated time happened in Hebron 24 August 1929 , after the Jewish population which had decided to refuse to receive weapons or leave the protection of the Jewish forces. About 60 Jews were slaughtered. A few days later, 18 unarmed Jews massacred in Safed .
The Jewish community was also subjected to terror during the War of 1948. The 13 April a convoy Jewish doctors and nurses attacked on their way to Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem , and then were 40 Jews massacred . 14 May lost kibbutz in Gush Etzion south of Jerusalem fight against Arab forces, and the largest of them ( Kfar Etzion ) was around 120 massacred after they surrendered . A total of 170 to 250 Jews massacred during the war , according to Morris. How a large number of Arabs ( who call themselves Palestinians ) were refugees , read the comprehensive article Palestinian refugee problem .
Charges against Begin relating to 1948 is largely based on myths about what happened in Deir Yassin . Guttormsgaard lying about 1948.
1967 – Zion Israel terrorizing refugees , claiming Guttormsgaard . He fails to mention that the West Bank at the time had been illegally occupied by Jordan for 19 years , Gaza from Egypt as long. Shouted Guttormsgaard “Live Palestine ! ” The King of Jordan and the President of Egypt at that time ?
The artist refers of course to the Six Day War in 1967. Norway’s foremost expert on international law, Carl August Fleischer uses Israel’s war during the Six Day War as an example of a legitimate defensive war . Guttormsgaard lying about 1967.
1982 – Again comes the accusations of mass murder committed by ” Zion – Israel ” . Does the artist have been a victim of NRK’s skewed coverage of the first Lebanon War ? Lebanese who led the Sabra and Shatilla massacre was later a member of Lebanon’s parliament. None of the perpetrators were punished . It is not concerned, when one can only condemn an Israeli leader who might be criticized for failing to stop the killing fast enough. Thus the massacres took advantage of hatred service. It is tragic that a publicly funded museum folds into the same campaign . Guttormsgaard lying about 1982.
2000 – This time it is also the U.S. who are accused of ” terrorizing refugees ” with Israel . This was the year when the Palestinians started a large-scale terrorist campaign against Israel. Arafat would not accept a solution that gave the Jews the opportunity to retain their state. Guttormsgaard lying about 2000.
2003 – In 2003, 688 Palestinians and 185 Israelis were killed , according to figures from B’tselem and Israel ‘s Foreign Ministry . The Palestinians were not killed in the genocide , but mainly in fighting between Israeli forces and Palestinian armed groups. That same year the U.S. invaded Iraq and its allies . It is estimated that nearly 7,500 civilians were killed, only during the invasion phase. Four years earlier , Norway participated in the bombing of Serbia during the Kosovo War. Estimates of civilians killed vary from 500 to 5,000 civilians.
In 2003, the Norwegian special forces already killed his first Afghan victim. Over ten years Norwegian soldiers killed at least 2,000 Afghans , perhaps up to 4000.
We look forward to SKMU take your artwork where the United States and Norway are accused of mass murder . Coming owners when to react ? Guttormsgaard lying about 2003.
2009 – In 2009, cries no longer living artist Palestine, but Living Gaza , and again Israel is being accused of mass murder . In all wars , especially wars between regular military forces and guerrillas hiding in their own population, are unfortunately civilians affected. When Israel in December 2008 and January 2009, fought back against Hamas and Islamic Jihad in Gaza , occurred with greater leniency than almost any other country would use . In relation to what is common elsewhere in the world, Israel followed the rules of warfare ” well above average” during the war in Gaza in 2009 , said senior researcher Cecilie Hellestveit , one of the foremost experts on the law of war . Guttormsgaard lying about 2009.
Despite all Guttormsgaard charges of mass murder and terrorizing , the number of Palestinians between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean increased by a factor of ten over the last hundred years. On the other hand, the number of Jews in the Arab world declined over a hundred times , from about 1 million to less than 10,000. The Jewish refugees from the Arab world does not tell anything about SKMU . The Jewish minority in two percent have less than 0.2 percent of the land that the Arabs have received. In defense of this small area Israel does not have any uflekket military record since 1948 , but compared to other countries and neighboring countries in particular , the Israelis very well out of it.
Guttormsgaard is from Blaker in Soerum municipality in Akershus. MIFF is not aware that he has some local ties to Southern that would make it important for SKMU to buy into his work.
In December 2013 wrote Karin Hindsbo , former director of the Art Museum of South Norway , Dagbladet that the cultural elite in Norway ” red ” . ” We are a leftist herd , ” she admitted . Can the purchase of Guttormsgaard works building at left’s centuries-long problem with Sion , than on artistic reviews?
Administration do not forget joins a number of Norwegian art project where Israel is demonized . There is of course every artist’s freedom to demonize Israel , but it is not a public responsibility to fund and exhibit such art . On the contrary , when such strong and mendacious accusations lodged solely against Israel is the gross discrimination and which arouse hatred against Israel in particular and Jews in general. It should SKMUs owners, municipality of Kristiansand , Vest – Agder county , Aust – Agder County and Christian Sands Art Gallery to deplore .
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