A BRIEF SUMMARY OF NEWS RELATED TO ISRAEL ON THURSDAY 2014 07 24

Editorials 2014 07 24

Dagbladet writes with insight on the Laws of Warfare (Geneva conventions) in the light of the conflict in Ukraine, and actions committed by separatists operating outside the framework of conventions. Gaza is mentioned in one sentence; though not in an anti-Israel context.

 

News on the recent conflict in Gaza

THE FACE OF WAR

Dagbladet 2014 07 24 p 18
Ralf Lofstad, Not online

Summary.

This article, illustrated with a picture of a man allegedly having his clothes drenched in his father’s blood, is on the UN investigating “war crimes” perpetrated by Israel.

 

THE PROPAGANDA WAR
Dagbladet 2014 07 24 p 42
Mimir Kristjanson

Summary.

Former Marxist leader publish smears on Israel and its supporters in Norway; praising “hero “doctor Mads Gilbert. His language is borderline anti-Semite.

I DON’T WANT TO BE PART OF THIS
Dagbladet 2014 07 24
Øyvind Strømmen

Summary.

In this long op-ed; leftist commenter and anti-racism activist states his frustration over primitive propaganda methods used by both parties, but mainly by pro-Pal activists in Norwegian media and politics in the context of the ongoing conflict in media. Somewhat stealthy, he makes his sympathies for Israel clear, pointing to under coverage of atrocities and terrorism directed against Israel, and also express sympathy for the Israeli mindset, seeing Israel as having suffered under genuine threats for such a long time, it would be strange if this did not put an imprint on them. Also, he clearly denounces dehumanizing descriptions and characterizations of Israelis.

WHY WE CRITICIZE JOURNALISM ON THE MIDDLE EAST
Aftenposten 2014 07 14
Jan Benjamin Rødner (Miff)

Summary.

Miff spokesman counters questions raised in Aftenposten on yesterday; criticizing media over bias on Israel. In particular he criticizes Sidsel Wolf over her ethos as a journalist, failing in her duty to provide objectiveinformation, rather behaving like an activist.

BOMBED FOR SEVEN DAYS
Verdens Gang 2014 07 24 p 10, 11
Harald Berg Sævareid/Harald Henden, Not online at time of translation

Summary.

Reporting from Al Zanna in Gaza, 3 kilometers from the Israeli border; VG reports of extensive damages to buildings. They confirms the presence of “fighters” in this community; hearing a shootout later on. The local population expresses extreme hostility towards Israel.

The illustration to this article depicts a local woman, Mona Aby Jami, stating: “God, destroy Israel”.

OF COURSE, WE EXPECT MORE BY ISRAEL
Verdens Gang 2014 07 24
Snorre Valen, Socialist member of the Storting

Summary.

Employing some tortuous logic; Snorre Valen holds that Israel, being a well-functioning democracy with Western standards, should be held to much higher standards than the “scum” of ISIL; therefore he holds Norway must introduce sanctions against Israel.

THE VERBAL WAR ON GAZA
Dagens Næringsliv 2014 04 24, Kjetil Wiedsvang
Pay wall

Summary.

In a satirical masterpiece; introduced with objective facts, in where the author also criticize Israeli actions, holding that the kidnappings and murder of three Israeli youth earlier is more likely to be the results of actions by the Hebron-based Qawasmeh-klan, rather than Hamas.

Quotes:

“What’s this about Israel? What other state can act like this without the world community interfering, Erling Borgen asks in Dagsavisen on Monday. He does not have to travel far. Last week, in neighboring Syria, 700 people were killed throughout one day and night of fighting between government forces and ISIL. That’s about the figures for the Gaza war up till now.”

“While death figures in Gaza are summarized in every newscast; the bloodiest day of the war in Syria was covered by an NTB report of 147 words. As far as I can see; it was only printed in Klassekampen”

“The most uncomfortable explanation lies in our inherent racism: the Israelis are like us, approximately. They have democracy and free speech and much else. We are revolted by them being in breach of civilization’s codes. The Arab warlords are, well, different. They butcher each other, one band being as mad as another one. We don’t expect anything else from them. We turn emotions away. But we are revolted by many Israelis having the same lack of empathy over the sufferings of their close neighbors”.

MAY REEVALUATE AID
Dagens Næringsliv 2014 07 24 p 20, 21
Ingrid Salvesen

Summary.

This article refers to Norwegian aid given to the Palestinians throughout the last 20 years; at least 8.7 Billion NOK, in addition to 2.4 Billion NOK to UNRWA. Marte Heian-Engdal of the University of Oslo holds this has aided Israel in maintaining its occupation the area. FM Børge Brende says cuts in aid not actual policy “at present”; indicating cuts in aid budgets may be an option to restart talks.

HAMAS FINDS WEAK SPOT IN ISRAEL
Dagsavisen 2014 07 24 p 16, 17
Roger Hercz, Pay wall

Summary.

Closing of Ben Gurion airport may reveal soft spot, allowing Hamas to make impact upon the Israeli economy.

UN: ISRAEL LIKELY TO BE IN BREACH OF INTERNATIONAL LAW
Dagsavisen 2014 07 24
Per Christensen/NTB, Pay wall

Summary.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, is quoted as stating Israel “may” be in breach of international law, the headline does not reflect her condemnation of Hamas’ attacks on civilian areas.

OBVIOUS WE HAD TO ENTER TO CLEAR THEM OUT
NRK 2014 07 24
Odd Karsten Tveit

Summary.

Not content with Sidsel Wold reporting; NRK has dispatched veteran reporter Odd Karsten Tveit, who’s reporting at times makes Sidsel Wold appear balanced. In this report, OKT use language which is clearly anti-Israel; bordering to anti-Semitism, mainly through the use of “weasel words”.

Quotes:

“But the religious Jews NRK meets with in Israel do not sacrifice the civilian Palestinians any thoughts. The rabbi NRK meets with in Israel is aiding a young student in his prayers. He is also occupied with earthly questions. Mainly, striking hard in the Gaza strip. –I think you will find no one here in Israel saying we are making a mistake It is obvious we had to move in, clearing out says rabbi David Stern to NRK”

“Israel, the decidedly strongest military power in the Middle East, paid with millions of American taxpayer’s money; are now entering their 13th day of war against the Gaza strip. Those NRK talked to in the Jewish quarter of the occupied East -Jerusalem directed all their criticism at the Palestinians”.

“ISRAEL IS TURNED INTO A MONSTER”.
Aftenbladet 2014 07 24
Tom Hetland

Summary.

Norwegian born Te’eeena Østhus Ben Naim is interviewed on Gaza war. Her husband has been recalled to active service by the IDF; serving as a medic. She reacts to what she refers to as biased news coverage of the Middle East, demonizing Israel.

THOSE WHO KILL CHILDREN ARE BABY KILLERS
Nettavisen 2014 04 24
Markus Weisser-NTB

Summary.

Article on anti-Israel demo held in Oslo on 2014 07 23. According to police sources, some 2250 people attended. Among those holding speeches were Gerd Kristiansen, the leader of the LO; the Norwegian Histadrut equivalent.

Quote:

“Kids lose their lives, kids having their whole life in front of them, are victims of an absurd and ruthless policy. Those who kill children are baby killers, Kristiansen said on Wednesday evening, speaking to the throng in front of the Storting”.

LEAVE ME ALONE. LET ME HAVE NO MORE HATRED.
Vårt Land 2014 07 24
Lise Marit Kalstad

Summary.

Journalists Sidsel Wold and Fredrik Græsvik have complained over being subjected to “harassment” and “hatred” on social media. Also, pro-Israeli and Jewish bloggers and activist’s report of the same phenomenon directed at them, this includes Miff and blogger Suzanne Aabel.

Frank Rossavik, an editor of Bergens Tidende, points to pro-Israelis having been deliberately weeded out of newspapers before now, having regained media access only recently through the internet. He advises reporters to avoid use of social media. Also, he reprimands Norwegian media over having shown little interest in the positions of Israel in this and former conflicts. Fredrik Græsvik does not want to comment upon this article.

THE CLOCK TICKS TOWARDS A CEASEFIRE
Aftenposten 2014 07 24 p 3
Per Kristian HaugenSummary.

Aftenposten’s commenter is in a cynical mood, holding present war is playing into Hamas’ hands, weakens Fatah and Abbas and predict new conflict in the timeframe 2015-2017.

Local security situation

TERROR THREAT AGAINST NORWAY
Police Security Services of Norway 2014 07 24
Summary.

On concrete terrorism threats made against Norway; as published today (in English).

EMBASSY OF ISRAEL: CERTAIN OF BEING WATCHED
Verdens Gang 2014 07 24
Ingrid Hvidsten

Summary.

In the context of the recent terrorist threats, security surrounding the Israel embassy and the Jewish community, both regarded as prime objects of terrorists, the Israeli embassy and the Jewish community respectively states their faith in the Police Service’s ability to protect them.

This is also reported on in several other media, including Aftenposten. Speculations in media abound, holding that ISIL/ISIS is the most likely source of these threats.

On TV:

NRK Dagsrevyen 21 (tv news at 21:00) 23.07.14, second news story 2 min. 21:02:58

Yesterday an NRK journalist called the embassy to ask for help finding Norwegian Jews who are willing to talk about harassment bc of the current situation in Israel and Gaza.

 

He had tried for 2 days to find Jews who are willing to go on tv, incl being anonymous, but no-one dears to participate. NRK spoke with a few Jews who had experienced harassment and even death threats, just bc they are Jewish, without being particularly pro-Israeli or being active on social media or elsewhere. These people didn’t dear to go on tv. The only one who did was the famous blogger and freelance journalist Suzanne Aabel.

 

They interviewed her in her home with her son. Many Jews feel they are held responsible for Israeli policies and war in Gaza. Aabel says that she has been called “child murderer” while she is sitting with her son. She adds that many people hide the fact that they are Jewish, especially in times like this.

The reporter says that Aabel is the only one that dears to speak out on tv, but people he has spoken to have experienced grave harassment on Facebook and at work.

Interview with Vibeke Moe at the Holocaust center in Oslo, she is not surprised. Moe refers to similar findings in surveys they have made saying the same things. People have also been physically attacked.

Interview with Palestine Committee saying they exclude people with anti-Semitic attitudes

Anti-Semitism

In the context of the ongoing war in Gaza, neo-Nazi website publishes pictures allegedly depicting Israeli atrocities in Gaza. This website also demands the release of mass killer Anders Behring Breivik, which appears rather incongruous, seeing that Dagsavisen recently allowed the publication of a letter to editor; stating ABB represented Israeli values.