In September, local elections were held throughout Norway. On polling day, the nationwide participation was under 60%, one of the lowest on record.
Unfortunately, the Labour Party was seen to have won the elections, however, in Oslo it could not muster majority and after one month of tense negotiations, the Labour party, the Socialist Left Party and the Greens now have agreed on a formula to govern the capital together. In inking the deal (which makes amusing reading from many points of view, for example, no cars, lorries etc in Oslo from 2019..), they let a sworn Israel hater with a long track record of promoting Israel boycott, failing to condemn violence against Jews, Israel, eg the pogrom in Oslo, January 2009, become the new mayor.
Miff.no has this story (google translate):
Boycott Mayor in Norwegian capital
On Wednesday Oslo will get a mayor vying for a boycott of the world’s only Jewish state.
10/17/2015 2:10 p.m.
Friday October 16 announced a number of Norwegian media that SV Marianne Borgen is the new mayor of Oslo. The new council is constituted on Wednesday 21 October.
The minutes from the Oslo city council meeting on Wednesday 21 June 2006 reveals a lot about Borgen views on Israel. At that time she went to the poll to support a proposal to recommend Oslo’s population not to buy goods produced in Israel.
– We believe that a consumer boycott of Israeli goods gives people an opportunity to show an active action, solidarity with the Palestinian people, said Borgen.
Not everyone listens to the new mayor – thankfully. When the majority in South Trøndelag county would boycott Israel in 2005, the Foreign Ministry stated that such local boycotts “are contrary to international law Norwegian law, the EEA Agreement and the WTO Agreement”.
Since 2006, Norwegian imports from Israel increased 650 to 875 million kroner in 2014. A wide range of products, medicines and software from Israel is essential to keep alive and keep up the standard of living for a large part of the population of. So now when Mayor chained into place around the neck will well Borgen take to their senses?
With Israel for Peace (MIFF) has since 2002 offered a market for Norwegian Israel-importers. On torget.miff.no offers hundreds of consumer products manufactured in Israel. MIFF works to reveal how immoral and stupid it is with a boycott of Israel. Read all our articles about boycotts against Israel. Also read all our articles on the action page Buy Israeli goods!