lifted from miff.no, google translate
Lamented offensive Crystal Night celebration
Øyo library in Haugesund sorry that they used Kristallnacht to take parallel from Nazi Germany to the State of Israel.
Commemoration of Kristallnacht in Haugesund Public Library, which was organized by the Association Øyo library Monday 9 November provoked strong reactions by the Israeli embassy in Oslo. Halve marker was actually used to talk about the Israel-critical book “Cliff Hotel. Family Ayad vs. State of Israel “, according to TV Haugaland.
– What do you think about it dragged parallels between the persecution of Jews in Nazi Germany, and what is happening in Palestine? asks TV HAUGALAND journalist Elizabeth Huanca Violence.
– The mixing in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and draw parallels to the Holocaust, I see as a gross insult to the memory of the victims, their families, but also against Norwegian Jews today. It is simply something that should not have been done. This is so absurd that it does not deserve a detailed explanation, answers Ambassador Raphael Schutz.
Would “learn from history”
It is not the first time a Crystal Night marking misused for Israel-critical purposes. The Israeli embassy finds that Norwegian Jews often do not want to participate in events held. Facing TV Haugaland mention Schutz example marker in Bergen in 2012, where Pastor Tom Sverre Tomren was refused by the organizing committee to participate in the torchlight procession with håndparolen “No to anti-Semitism”.
Alf Aronsen from Øyo library was responsible for the event. Already the same evening as the event was held, posed TV Haugaland him questions about why they would focus on “Israel’s policy of occupation” on a “commemoration of Kristallnacht and pogroms”. Aronsen said,
– One asks the question; we have not learned from history? The book “Cliff hotel. Family Ayad vs. State of Israel “draws parallels up to what is happening in our time. We are not talking specifically about Kristallnacht, but believes it is important to have this event on the kind of historical dates in order to learn from history.
To compare the current Israeli policy with Nazi, is not considered as legitimate criticism of Israel, but as an expression of anti-Semitism. It tells a professionally recognized working definition of anti-Semitism, including has been used by EU Human Rights Agency (FRA), and which apply at the US State Department.
The definition of anti-Semitism is “a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and / or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities. ”
It is specified that any manifestations of anti-Semitism can be expressed against the State of Israel, as it is seen as “Jewish collectivity”. One of the concrete examples reported are: “To compare the current Israeli policy with Nazi.”
Kristallnacht is a term for the night between 9th and 10th November 1938 in Germany and Austria, as the Nazi German government initiated extensive violence against Jews and Jewish property.
More than 1,400 synagogues, chapels, meeting places, thousands of retail space, private apartments and Jewish tombs were razed. During the pogrom on November 9, 91 Jews were killed. Until the end of November, about 400 Jews killed or driven to death. November 10 were around 30,000 Jews arrested and put into concentration camps.
Kristallnacht marks the transition from the discrimination of Jews began with Hitler’s accession to power in 1933 and to a systematic persecution which just a few years later would result in the Holocaust.
Night called Kristallnacht because of the large amounts of broken glass from the window panes in the Jewish-owned shops were smashed. “The Office Kristallnacht” was propaganda word Nazis themselves used the incident. In many history books the name Novemberpogromen used instead, according to the Great Norwegian Encyclopaedia.