Jews fleeing anti-Semitism

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.
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– 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.

4 comments for “Jews fleeing anti-Semitism

  1. de Bacle
    September 3, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    Melchior, in Aftenposten, attacked Prof. Alan Dershowitz who visited Norway and then wrote about the development of anti-Semitism in Norway in Wall street Journal.
    Similarly Melchior attacked the “right wing” “extremists” concern over Norway.
    This was only 2-3 years ago.
    Melchior owes them an apology.

  2. Eric R.
    September 5, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    McG:

    How long do you think until Norway is essentially Judenrein (if not zero Jews, let’s say less than 100)? There are less than 1,000 now.

    How long do you think the same for Sweden and Denmark?

  3. September 5, 2014 at 11:20 pm

    well ,lets put it like this (tongue in cheek) I got out in time.
    Now, seriously.
    Norwegian Jews are extraordinarily well integrated, with strong ties to the country, and who make an invaluable contribution to the society. It must be a harrowing experience to see that your safety is no longer anything that can be taken for granted if you identify as a Jew. I hope that my native country will be able to turn the tide and give proper insurances that hate crime won’t be tolerated, that demonstrations where you have Muslims shout death to the Jews, or indeed any discrimination against Jews will be dealt with immediately and without any pity (the violent bullies of the 2009 Oslo Pogrom have for instance not been prosecuted) As long as licence is given somebody is always going to take advantage of that. Sad times, my friend, sad times.

  4. Eric R.
    September 6, 2014 at 7:15 am

    “Norwegian Jews are extraordinarily well integrated, with strong ties to the country, and who make an invaluable contribution to the society.”

    ” It must be a harrowing experience to see that your safety is no longer anything that can be taken for granted if you identify as a Jew. ”

    McG – The second sentence really contradicts the first. If they were well integrated, Norway would want to protect them. The fact that Norway does not protect them means that Jews are still (and always will be) outsiders.

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