and the usual crowd from the left are frothing at the mouth and biting the bars. As usual, all the labour affiliated outfits have been out and about to protest this outrage, with AUF leader Eskil Pedersen leading the crowd (given his abysmal performance for the nominations for MP positions at last years general election, not even his own local party wanted him, so he might just be looking to appear a leader of anything at all….) Then there are the usual Labour Party MPs who have not been seen fighting for the rights of Syrians, the lebanese, nor have they protested the abduction of the 200 girls in Nigeria.
But when Peres comes on first ever state visit, out they come crawling from the woodwork… and ensure once more, a very bad PR for Norway
lifted from ynetnews.com
Peres state visit sparks protests in Norway
President met with political demonstrations over countries policies in West Bank on first visit by Israeli head of state to Scandinavian country.
Israeli President Shimon Peres was met by political anger and protests over his country’s policies in the Palestinian territories during a visit to Norway Monday.
The 90-year-old Peres, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1994 for his role in trying to bring Israel and the Palestinians together in Norwegian-mediated peace talks known as the Oslo Accords, is the first Israeli head of state to visit the country.
Norway’s King Harald, who plays a ceremonial role and is not part of the government, welcomed Peres to the royal palace on Monday as police dispersed demonstrators outside. More protests were planned by 24 organizations.
President Peres during state visit to Norway (Photo: Reuters)
“When the government invites the Israeli president on a state visit, one can only ask what signal Norway wants to send,” said Kathrine Jensen, head of the Norwegian Palestine Committee. She demanded that the Norwegian government “condemn Israeli occupation policy and their human rights abuses.
Norwegian-Israeli relations have soured over the past decade as Norway’s left-leaning governments took a critical stance against Israel. Unlike many western countries, Norway refused to classify Gaza’s Islamic Hamas rulers as terrorists, and the government’s rich oil fund has divested shares in companies accused of contributing to building Israeli homes in the West Bank.
Peres, who as foreign minister shared the peace prize in 1994 with the late Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, appeared unfazed by the protests.
He told reporters after meeting King Harald that he enjoyed visiting Norway, which he described as “a pearl of humanity.”
Despite the recent collapse of US-backed Mideast peace talks, Peres said the chance for peace has not been lost.
“Neither we nor the Palestinians have any other alternative but peace,” Norwegian broadcaster NRK quoted Peres as saying in a speech at an Oslo synagogue.