lifted from vårtland.no (google translate)
– Flee from anti-Semitism
Chief Rabbi Michael Melchior believes anti-Semitism in Norway is increasing. Norwegian Jews ask the government to allocate more funds for prevention.
– One of the reasons people move to Israel from Norway, is a clear sense of growing anti-Semitism, says Michael Melchior.
Melchior is currently the chief rabbi of the Jewish community in Oslo while he is national politician in Israel. He has lived and worked in Oslo as a rabbi.
– A new situation. In recent years, Melchior met several immigrants from Scandinavia. He does not give names but say that they cite increasing anti-Semitism as the reason why they left.
– They do not leave because they feel unsafe, but because it is a new situation that they have not experienced as much in Norway, says Mr. Melchior and added:
– The time I lived in Norway it was not like this.
– Why are there more anti-Semitism than when you lived here?
– Anti-Semitism has many origins – its always there underneath everything. After World War II people were ashamed about such attitudes, but today people less ashamed, he said.
Escaping Sweden. Several reports from the Swedish media in recent years also shows the same trend.
– My children are not safe here. It will only get worse, Marcus Eilenberg told the newspaper Skånskan in 2010.
He brought his wife and two children and moved from Malmo to Israel because of growing anti-Semitism.
– We worry about the very negative trend. It is one of the main reasons why we move, he continued.
– Need education. The Jewish community in Norway now hopes Erna Solberg will open the wallet and allocate more fund over the for education in schools about anti-Semitism.
– Each generation must be taught about anti-Semitism. Every year children start school, the leader of the Jewish community in Oslo, Ervin Kohn says.
He points out that the Jewish school at Østerbro in Copenhagen last week was vandalized. Several windows were broken and anti-Jewish and anti-Israeli slogans were written on school walls.
– Copenhagen is not far away. Anti-Semitic attitudes have greater legitimacy, says Kohn.
He believes that Norwegian students need instruction about anti-Semitism and Judaism.
– Antisemitism neither started or starts with the Holocaust. Part of the problem is that people do not know the history. Then you do not see anti-Semitism and won’t recognise it, the leader says.
Expecting money. This week the Blue-blue coalition concluded negotiations on the budget for 2015 Last year the Storting allocated five million kroner for a “Action plan against anti-Semitism.” A One-off grant was divided between the Jewish Museum in Oslo, the Jewish community and Holocaust Center.
The Christian democrats expects the government to follow up with fresh money in the budget to come in October.
– I hope negotiations rounds in Parliament won’t be necessary. I expect there will be money, says MP Hans Olav Syversen.