A BRIEF SUMMARY OF NEWS RELATED TO ISRAEL ON WEDNESDAY 2014 07 23

Editorials 2014 07 23
Vårt Land is on the recent anti-Semitic unrest in Paris; under the heading “Crystal night”; stating that anti-Israeli sentiments in the context of the ongoing Gaza conflict has also led to anti-Semite violence in France and Germany.

News related to the ongoing conflict in Gaza.
THE STRONG MEN OF WAR
Dagbladet 2014 07 23 p 10, 12
Marius Husebø-Evensen, Not online at the time of translation

Summary.

Having asked Are Hovdenak of the PRIO on his opinions, the journalist delivers an analysis of the leadership of Hamas and Israel; describing Ismail Haniyeh as a former “moderate and pragmatic Islamist”, embittered by Fatah’s treatment of him, though still willing to enter compromises with Fatah. Netanyahu, on the other hand, is described as “pragmatic”, but somewhat lacking in vision, the journalist having received opinions by Hanne Eggen Røislien on this subject.
She describes him as in search of supporting players for Israel; though USA is still supporting Israel.
She also holds that Netanyahu should not be seen as an “aggressive leader”; and that he has shown no less restraint than earlier leaders in defending Israel.

POLITICAL SHOWBREAD
Dagbladet 2014 07 23 p 10
Jan Erik Smilden

In this op-ed, JES is at his most cynical; accusing most involved parties, not only Hamas and Israel, but also Qatar and Turkey on the side of Hamas, and USA and Egypt on the side of Israel, of having no genuine interest in ending the present conflict.

PRACTICAL PEACE IN PALESTINE
Dagbladet 2014 07 23 p 50, 51
Dag Henrik Tuastad

Summary.

The author, a researcher at the University of Oslo, suggests Israel should withdraw to pre-1967 borders; and accept “Hudna” ceasefire as proposed by Hamas.

THE FEAR
Verdens Gang 2014 07 23 p 14
Harald Henden/Harald Berg Sævareid, Not online

Summary.

This report is from a Greek-Orthodox church, located close to the At Shiyaya neighborhood, in which heavy fighting took part recently. The church is used as a refuge for local residents, also Muslims. Only indirectly is persecution of Christians by Hamas referred to in this article.

The Greek-orthodox Bishop of Gaza is quoted:

“It is my duty towards God to help all those people having lost everything”.

“I pray to the same God that those responsible over this suffering also shall find a solution to this”.

HE IS LOOKING DEPERATELY IN THE RUINS, THEN HE WAS KILLED
Verdens Gang 2014 07 23 p 14, 15
Mona Byrkjedal

Summary.

Links to video purporting to be footage of civilian Gazan killed by IDF in fighting recently; now distributed worldwide. The newspaper appears to be somewhat skeptical towards this video; informing of this having been produced by pro-Pal activists.

MORE THAN 70 PALESTINIANS WITH A NORWEGIAN CONNECTION LEAVES GAZA
Dagsavisen 2014 07 23 p 7
Per Christensen/NTB
Pay wall

Summary.

Norwegian authorities have evacuated more than 70 Palestinians from the Gaza strip in the last few days. The Palestinians either have Norwegian citizenship or permanent residence in Norway. UN is formally behind transport, Norwegian MFA reports.
The Norwegian MFA warns against travels to Gaza.
The MFA is not aware of Palestinians with Norwegian citizenship having travelled to Gaza to fight on the side of Hamas against Israeli forces.

I SUPPORT ISRAEL
Aftenposten 2014 07 23 p 15
Marie Louise Bergene Holm

Summary.
Letter to the editor of Aftenposten in support of Israel, the writer points to Israel actually having been militarily attacked, and also refers to Israeli methods of warfare.

Quote:

“Israel releases flyers to issue warnings; Israel establishes field hospitals for wounded Palestinians. What does Hamas do?”

ARE PALESTINIANS HUMANS OF EQUAL VALUE?
Aftenposten 2014 07 23 p 14
Gada Azam

Summary.

Palestinian academic resident in Norway raises questions to Miff over their support to Israel.
These questions are:

Do Miff distance themselves from Israeli killings of Palestinians, do Miff recognize a Palestinian state, and what values are Miff based upon.

PR-MACHINERY DECIDES
Vårt Land 2014 07 22
Geir Molnes
Not online

Summary.

Rune Ottosen a professor in Journalism at the College of Oslo (HiO) holds media coverage of the ongoing conflict in Gaza is skewed to the advantage of Israel in English speaking countries; due to a propaganda machinery working in Israel’s favor.
He holds that Israel possesses large and efficient PR machinery. He receives support over his opinions by well-known anti-Israel activist Nils Butenschøn. Also, the leader of the information unit of the Refugee Aid in Norway, Rolf Vestvik, holds the opinion the media knows too little about the ongoing conflict’s actors, in particular Hamas.

Quote:

“By now, Hamas is appearing like an organization firing off some missiles without any purpose. The picture is more complicated than this. This is about Hamas as a political movement; and their relations to others more moderate and extreme movements”..
In this article, conservative commenter Jan Arild Snoen of “Minerva” magazine states that Norwegian journalists tends to hold the opinions of “moderate” Palestinians, being willing to give all blame on the conflict to Israel.

BDS

WANTS TO BRAND GOODS PRODUCED IN ISRAEL
Verdens Gang 2014 07 23 p 21
Alf Bjarne Johnsen

Summary.

Labor politician Anniken Huitfeldt wants government to stop trade in goods from ”occupied areas”. Government responds with “evaluation ongoing over this”. Among proposals made by Labor is to put specific marks on goods made in occupied areas.

OP-ED: ANOTHER BALANCE IN THE MIDDLE EAST
Verdens Gang 2014 07 23 p 22
Anniken Huitfeldt

Summary.

Anniken Huitfeldt wants increased trade with Israel, but no trade with goods having origins in occupied areas.

LABOR WANTS TO PUT MARKS ON GOODS PRODUCED IN OCCUPIED AREAS IN ISRAEL
Dagbladet 2014 07 23
NTB

Summary.

Refers to statements made by Anniken Huitfeldt. Talkbacks to this article tends to be very pro-Israel, for once.

Anti-Semitism

I FEEL THIS ON MY BODY
Vårt Land 2014 07 22 p 10, 11
Andreas W.H. Lindvåg

Summary.

This is an interview with Jewish Norwegian blogger Suzanne Aabel. Suzanne states openly that she regards the ongoing criticism of Israel and Jewish communities to have clearly anti-Semitic overtones, also in Norway.

Quote:

“However, when Israeli s compared to outrageous dictatorships, this feels merciless to someone having friends there. Then, you are told not to play the Jew card, not to play the Holocaust card. I cannot but feel there is a tiny sliver of anti-Semitism in the vast hatred flaring up against the Israeli right now, Suzanne Aabel says”.

FRIENDS OF ISRAEL SUBJECT TO INTERNET HATRED
Vårt Land 2014 07 23 p 13
Lie Marit Kalstad
Not online

Summary.

Pro-Israel NGO Miff receives murder threats by pro-Pals on Facebook.