lifted from miff.no (google translate)
Frosty feelings against Israel from Svalbard
Pastor Leif Magne Helgesen fighting for a boycott of goods from all over Israel.
06/24/2015 7:06 p.m.
June 19 could Svalbard Posten announce that Pastor Leif Magne Helgesen advocates full boycott of Israel. The Norwegian Church is fighting for a boycott of goods from Israeli settlements in the West Bank, Helgesen believes all goods from Israel should be boycotted.
– The Church should regret this, says Morten Fjell Rasmussen, Chairman of MIFF, Svalbard Posten. He says the priest’s call for a full boycott of Israel can “fomenting the anti-Semitism”.
In his homily on May 1 said Helgesen Longyearbyen on Svalbard “should be an area free of Israeli goods.”
This evil priest does of course not operate in a vacuum, the delegitimisation and dehumanisation of Israelis, aka Jews, has long been a stated policy of the Church of Norway, explicitly as above, and implicitly through its support of organisations such as the Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center (again from miff.no):
Sabeel and Naim Ateek (pictured) enflames the conflict and religious intolerance, dehumanizes Jews and Israelis and delegitimize Israel, concludes NGO Monitor in a new report. How long will the Norwegian Church and Church Aid will continue to support this?
Sabeel Liberation Theology Center Ecumencial is a Christian Palestinian organization registered in Jerusalem. In Norway, the organization represented by Sabeel friends who have great influence on how Ecumenical Council in the Norwegian Church looks at the Middle East. Sabeel friends also participate in the Middle East Forum in Christian Council of Norway and is one of the organizers behind the annual anti-Israel church weeks. Sabeel in Israel stated that Norwegian Church Aid in Norway is one of its contributors.
June 16 published the Israeli NGO Monitor report that reveals much about what Sabeel stands for. Here we revisit some of the highlights of the 52-page report.
Sabeel supports a one state solution, “one state for two peoples and three religions”. NGO Monitor notes that this would mean the destruction of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state.
Sabeel strives boycott of Israel.
Sabeel uses a rhetoric that excuse terrorism against Israeli civilians and spreading classical anti-Judaistic theology. Sabeel founder and leader Naim Ateek argues inter alia that Judaism is “primitive”. Palestinians are portrayed as innocent victims of Israeli aggression. When Yasser Arafat died in 2004 published Sabeel a tribute of Palestinians “father figure”.
While Sabeel condemn Jewish nationalism and rejects land promises in the Bible, the organization has its own developed theology who eagerly supports Palestinian nationalism. Ateek has described Jesus as a “Palestinian living under occupation.”
Sabeel leader claims Israel has “a form of apartheid that is much worse than the one that was practiced in South Africa”. He holds Israel responsible for Palestinian suicide bomber: “It was the cradle of the occupation that they were even formed. And if Israel designating them as terrorists, they are the product which Israel itself has created. ”
Sabeel has not recorded how much funding they receive from foreign governments, even if they like an Israeli organization is required to do so by law.
– Sabeel anti-Israeli message is often intertwined with theological anti-Semitism, writes NGO Monitor.