The ambassador strikes again – now challenging the PalCom and their “Israel free” logo

lifted from vg.no, google translate

Ambassador Schutz wastes no time in pointing out the many and ugly elephants in our Norwegian society living room. Last month he put the Norwegian press in their place, and now he’s putting the PalCom’s nose out of joint!

The Power of a Symbol

I was recently in a meeting with the Norwegian Palestine activists where I got a letter with their logo. Since the meeting expressed positive attitudes toward Israel’s right to exist, I made them aware that the logo conveys the opposite.

RAPHAEL SCHUTZ, Israel’s ambassador to Norway

The logo indicates that the territory between the Mediterranean and the Jordan River is only Palestinian. The State of Israel does not exist according to the logo.

First the campaigners claimed that map shows historic Palestine. I argued that historic Palestine also included the large Transjordan area, today better known as The Hashemite kingdom Jordan. Large parts of historic Palestine is not included in the logo.

Their explanation was that the logo is a symbol that does not reflect a defined political standpoint. I can agree that a logo alone does not define political standpoint, but symbols have meaning. They represent ideas, and sometimes in a very powerful way.

Had this been an isolated instance, could easily be dismissed criticism that I possibly have a little paranoid and overreacting.

The problem is that this is neither begins or ends with nonprofit organizations in Norway. For example, Israel does not really exist in the public sphere in the Arab-Muslim world. Israel is more a target of extreme hatred and anger. The Israeli flag exists only to be burned in demonstrations, and of course you won’t find the country on a map. Take a trip with an airline from an Arab-Muslim country, and browse through the brochure in the seat pocket in front of you. Most likely you will not find Israel on the map. I know this is also the practice of some of the Western airlines which fly there, as they have received complaints from angry passengers. Nor  does Israel exist in most educational institutions in the Middle East. Large populations are growing up without learning anything about my country, except hatred.

The typical cliches blaming Israeli policies why a Palestinian state does not exist. In my opinion, the root of the problem aversion among parts of the Arab-Muslim world, including parts of Palestinian society, to accept Israel as an integral part of the region. Some are open about this, while others use a more sophisticated approach using soft concept to satisfy the West and the liberal public opinion – but again – the logo is there.

In an interview with The Atlantic journalist Jeffrey Goldberg, President Obama said: “Denying Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state is anti-Semitic.”

For me, this logo is only one meaning and a very strong message – that Israel should not exist.

To say that this logo is only “symbolic” is to underestimate the power of symbols. It also shows the indifference in relation to an issue that for most Israelis is about nothing less than the right to exist.

 

3 comments for “The ambassador strikes again – now challenging the PalCom and their “Israel free” logo

  1. Herbie
    August 6, 2015 at 11:23 am

    Its hard to have much respect for Norway when they constantly criticize Israel, BUT remain silent about thing like this
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3186229/ISIS-executes-19-girls-refusing-sex-fighters-envoy-reveals-sex-slaves-peddled-like-barrels-petrol.html

  2. motti
    August 11, 2015 at 2:28 am

    Herbie, I have no respect whatsoever for Norway. It is a lonely unforgiving beautiful land inhabited by too many ugly hateful people who use their power for their vile means. It is not a democracy as I have pointed out over the years. A true democracy will allow freedom of speech which must include the right to reply. This is not the case in Norway.

    It would appear that the whole of he media in Norway is nothing more than a highly paid up supporter of the hate-Israel brigade. I mentioned that even with a change of government, nothing will change, as the establishment remains as before.

    Eric R, used to be a contributor and I have always stated that Israel must pull the plug on diplomatic relations. Norway needs Israel more to dirty the atmosphere using the relationship to pile on even more hate against Israel. That Israel ever trusted Norway with the so called Oslo peace initiative is a real disgrace. Obviously the leftwing Israeli perpetrators trusted their fellow communists in Norway to interfere which became a disaster for Israel.

  3. Herbie
    August 11, 2015 at 10:41 am

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