Several editors and commenters
NRK presents news program, directed at children aged 8-12, launching attacks on Israel over “Occupation of Palestine” and “Brutality”; Palestinians are presented as victims.
A number of pro-Israeli NGOs and media have reacted to this:
Dagbladet 2014 12 03
Dagbladet presents the Transparency International’s Corruption Index. Norway shares fifth place with Switzerland; Israel is on 37th place in score .The article makes a point of Turkey, Ukraine, Greece and Italy’s low scores.
Also, see TPI Index: http://www.transparency.org/cpi2014/results
Dagsavisen 2014 12 03 p 5
Halle Jørn Hanssen
Former leader of Norwegian People’s Aid attack the Norwegian government over not recognizing Palestine.
RECOGNIZE PALESTINE NOW
Vårt Land 2014 12 03 p 21
Former diplomat (and Norwegian representative to PA) demands Norway should recognize Palestine.
“Palestine is the most successful aid project the world has seen. Palestine today has a government which according to the World Bank, the IMF, and the UN is able to function as a state apparatus. Only one detail remains before this project is finished: Israel must end its occupation and pull out”.
“It is clear that Israel under no circumstances will release the West Bank which the Zionists see as part of Greater Israel. It is here of importance to separate between Zionism, being a political idea, contrary to Jewish which is an ethnic background or religious faith”.
“For as long as the most rabid on the Jewish side cannot make the Zionist dominated government take over the Temple Mount, the war of attrition will continue”.
“They (Israel) employs all means, including mass arrests, collective punishment and brutality towards children to maintain the occupation”.
185 SENTENCED TO DEATH IN EGYPT
Verdens Gang 2014 12 03 p 4
No stated source or author; likely to be NTB
This article occupies the smallest possible space.
An Egyptian judge has sentenced 185 people to death after the attack on a police station in the outskirts of Cairo last year. The verdict is expected to be the subject of a long lasting appeal process, Reuters writes. The attack took part as Egyptian security forces struck against two protest camps in Cairo. Several hundred people were killed in this action.
Verdens Gang 2014 12 03 p 6, 7
Jon H. Rydne and others
Dr. Efraim Zuroff of Israel, known for tracking Nazi war criminals, state he will give a reward of ut to NOK 200 000 in order to prosecute Norwegian WW2 war criminals, of whom a number may still be alive.
A sidebar to this article states that remaining Norwegian WW2 criminals cannot be prosecuted under Norwegian law; all WW2 crimes being proscribed after 1970. Attempts to change law on this issue would be contrary to constitutional ban on retroactive legislation.
Note: Also on VG’s front page.
NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION AGAINST THE SALE OF SODA STREAM
Palestinakomiteen i Norge
PalCom announces December the 6th to be “National day of action” against Soda Stream in Norway; events to be hosted countrywide, according to organizers.
The smashing of Soda Stream machines will be part of event to take part outside Stortinget , according to organizers Facebook page.
TOGETHER FOR PEACE
Demo to be held outside the Storting on Friday 5th , at 1900 hours, undisclosed organizers. Basim Ghozlan of the Islamic Association among speakers. Mr. Ghozlan has formerly made clearly anti-Semite statements.
Labor Youth and “Reds” are to take part in this demo; alongside Islamist organizations.
Appeals to recognize Al Aqsa as a holy site to Muslims and against the Israel “Apartheid state “will be held.
Security and defense
The Norway Post 2014 12 03
The Norwegian Defense is too weak to handle operations both at home and abroad at the same time. The army and the national guard both need to be restructured,” says General Lieutenant Robert Mood.
Robert Mood, former army chief and UN’s representative in the Middle East, questions the Norwegian defense’s ability to face future threats, and would like to develop common military bases for all Nordic countries, as well as countries such as Germany, the Netherlands and England.
Mood is currently the head of the Norwegian defense’s representative in NATO, and leads what is called the military mission in Brussels. The formed army chief has criticized the Norwegian defense on several occasions, and it is not the first time he is skeptical towards Norway’s ability to defend itself in a crisis.
Both the head of the Norwegian Defense, Haakon Bruun-Hanssen, and Minister of Defense, Ine Eriksen Søreide, have also stated that the Norwegian defense needs to be improved in order to face future challenges.
Mood published an article in Aftenposten where he openly discusses the Norwegian defense’s most significant challenges.
He states that its equipment and competency is of high quality, but that the defense is too weak to be able to implement two key operations; to keep a crisis situation stable until help arrives from outside, as well as how to receive this aid once it comes. He also states that the Norwegian defense is too small to be able to complete an operation abroad and at home at the same time, and he calls for an entire restructuring of the National Guard and the Norwegian Army.
Norway needs to take more responsibility for its own security, but at the same time contribute more in association with others, and be able to react quickly, Mood says. He recommends that Norway enters a more binding agreement with other Nordic countries, as well as countries such as the Netherlands, Germany and England, that will enable them to build common departments, training fields and army bases.
Head of the Norwegian Defense has commented on Mood’s statements in an email to Aftenposten.
“The challenges that General Mood describes concering our national defense are similar to the description I have used myself,” Bruun-Hanssen says. He says that through the development of a professional military council they will also look at how the defense develops in order to stay relevant in terms of both the current and future security policy, and the challenges it will bring.
Søreide has asked Bruun-Hanssen to look at how the Norwegian defense can be strengthened, as well as how its reponse time can be shortened.
The Nordic Page Norway 2014 12 02
No stated source or author
Head of PST, Arne Christian Haugstøyl said they decided to expel the researcher from Norway because they believe the research is serious violations of international agreements, writes TV2.
PST chief also noted that such cases are serious because it ultimately can lead to sanctioned countries to further develop its programs for weapons of mass destruction.
University of Agder confirms that PST has contacted them regarding the researcher and his research.
Universities and colleges have a duty to prevent illegal transfer of knowledge, said the Ministry of Education earlier this year. Educational institutions should consider whether the research can be used in weapons programs in countries that are under international sanctions, wrote a press release from the Ministry.
On the other hand, the researcher finds the case completely incomprehensible, according to TV2. The researcher’s defendant says he works with completely open sources, collects the raw material he uses in research from fully open, accessible sources through research and university environments.
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