Although I no longer am surprised by the extraordinary venom that is spewed against Israel by Church of Norway clergy ( a good few number of them are actively involved in BDS activities, and a small number dont feel ashamed to appear alongside well known sponsors of terrorists whom they invite to “dialogue meetings in Norway, however without inviting even one Israeli)
I have written about the hateful priest at Svalbard, and it seems the rotten summer in Norway has further addled his brain and he’s busy at it again, demanding full boycott of Israel, without – obviously – making even one tiny little mention of the almost weekly terror attacks perpetrated against Israelis here, or even reflecting how his hate filled drivel helps fuel anti-Semitism in Norway.
Lifted from vårtland.no (google translate)
Priest demands Israel boycott
Leif Magne Helgesen uses his summer holiday to guard over a ‘Palestinian village on the West Bank, as Israel threatens to demolish it.
By Bjørgulv K. Bjåen
– The time is right to use stronger means against Israel. Just as the world community pressured South Africa to scrapping the apartheid policy, Israel must be pressured to end the occupation of the West Bank and give the Palestinians a state.
The Svalbard priest now wants his employer to help implement a boycott, The Church of Norway. The Church of Norway’s policy is to not purchase Israeli products produced in the West Bank. Now, the time is ripe to step up boycott against Israel as the country shows little willingness to end the occupation of the West Bank , says Leif Magne Helgesen
– What scope should a boycott have?
– Just like with the boycott of South Africa there should be a political, economic and cultural boycott. But the political boycott should should be managed so that there is a channel open for dialogue with the Israeli authorities – there must be a channel open for this.
– What impact should a economic boycott have for Norwegians?
– One should stop buying Israeli varar, says Helgesen.
Monitoring the situation
Naturally he uses the summer months in the Palestinian village of Susiya on the West Bank together with nearly ten other international observers.
– Israel has torn down Palestinian settlements in the West Bank previously but Susiya has been a symbol of the hopeless situation for Palestinian in the West Bank. Therefore the world community is closely monitoring the village to see if israel will demolish it. This is why there are many diplomatic delegates here to send a clear message to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu not to demolish Susiya, says Leif Magne Helgesen.
He and the others observers who are there as witnesses to show what is happening and to show that the international community Israel’s conduct i the West Bank.
– Our presence is closely watched by Israeli combat soldiers who hold us under surveillance, says Helgesen.
In particular, the United States and Britain have been very clear in their condemnation of Israel tear plans in Susiya. Even if the Israeli supreme court is set to review the Susiya controversy on August 3rd, Israeli authorities have given the green light for demolition.
In June, 350 inhabitants, who live by farming and animal husbandry, were informed by Israeli authorities that the village is illegally built and will be removed.
Yesterday Norway’s envoy to the Palestinian Authorities, Hans Jacob Frydenlund, went on a field visit to Susiya. He says that Norway, like many other western countries strongly protest against Israel’s plans to demolish the small village.
– The Palestinians who live in the village are living on their own land, they have lived here since the beginning of the1800s – and they have documents to prove this, Frydenlund says.
The Israeli Embassy in Oslo says in a press release that the Palestinian village Susiya has been built illegally on an area Israel administers. They refer to the Oslo Accords from 1993, giving Israel the responsibility for sector C of the West Bank.
The Bishop of Borg, Atle Sommerfeld, previously leader of the Norwegian Church Aid (another Church sponsored anti-Israel organisation) says in a comment to Vårt Land that he does not support a boycott of Israel, but that tougher sanctions against Israel is in place. The reason he lists for this is gobsmacking: It is because Israel is staunchly opposed to the Iran deal, a deal we suspect is going to give Iran the go ahead to develop atomic weapons, while lifting the sanctions will funnel even more money towards the many terror outfits sponsored by the evil priests in Teheran. Has the bishop not hear about the bombing of the Israeli Embassy and the AMIA community center in Buenos Aires? Has the Bishop never heard about the Hezbollah? Does the Bishop condone the Devil in Damaskus, and does he not pity the Yemenites who now have their land torn to pieces in a bloody internal war between Shia and Sunni Muslims?
He is obviously not well informed on the reason why reconstruction in Gaza is slow in picking up. It is widely acknowledged, by among others by the UN appointedGaza Reconstruction Mechanism, that the reason for this delay is first and foremost the internal power struggle between the Hamas and the PA, secondly because much of the money pledged – by Arab states – has yet to materialise. It is patently not so, as incorrectly claimed by the Bishop, that it is Israel that is stalling the development. He might want to update himself on the facts before committing to even more lies and tarnishing about and of Israel.
lifted from vårtland.no (google translate)
Bishop opens for tougher sanctions against Israel
But says no to a full boycott.
By Bjørgulv K. Bjåen
Svalbard pastor Leif Magne Helgesen asks the Norwegian Church to expand the boycott of Israel not only to deal with Israeli goods produced in the West Bank.
But he does not get the support of church leader Atle Sommerfeldt, one of the Norwegian Church 12 bishops:
– I’m still of the opinion that an effective boycott of goods from the occupied territories must be implemented efficiently first, says Sommerfeldt, who is bishop of the Diocese of Borg.
Although the bishop adhere to the Norwegian churches stance just to boycott Israeli goods from the West Bank, he opens the door for yet stronger measures:
– But the current regime with several parties and ministers with extreme attitudes, hampering the reconstruction of Gaza and the Prime Minister’s attempt to destroy the nuclear agreement with Iran, highlights the need for new sanctions.
– Can you understand that Helgesen believes that boycott weapon must be used wider?
– I understand Helgesens point of view, and hope that it contributes to the Israeli government keeps calm in the present case, says Sommerfeldt with clear reference to the situation in Susiya.