Unlike in the UK, where of late there is a debate about the increasingly anti-Semitic Labour party, in Norway it is still perfectly normal to vomit outrageous antisemitic rubbish, even pontificated from the Church of Norway’s pulpits and elected leaders. From priests such as Sunniva Gylver and Leif Magne Helgesen, who openly call for boycott of Israel, claiming Israel is evicting Palestinians from their state (which state is that?), while studiously ignoring Palestinian hate speech, terror attacks (they must be understood since Israel is cruel) – via bishops who refuse to give lectures in chapels adorned with with flag of Israel, while ignoring other churches in his diocese who arrange ceremonies for the dead children in Gaza and plaster the church walls with multiple “Palestinian” flags – to the General Secretary of the Ecumenical Council, who professes that she fears an Israeli Jewish state. It doesn’t get much more offensive and tragic. Still the people of the Church of Norway like to insist that they are Israel’s best friends and that their attitude to Jews is unproblematic.
Lifted from miff.no (google translate)
Does the Church of Norway really fear that Israel is ‘Jewish state’?
Berit Hagen Agøy, secretary general of the Ecumenical Council, shocks again.
03/16/2016 1:03 p.m.
On March 8th, wrote Berit Hagen Agøy, secretary general of the Ecumenical Council, in a commentary in Vårt Land where she defends the Council’s action plan for the church’s Middle East strategy. Agøy concludes his article as follows:
“The occupation deprives Palestinians of basic human rights. We are also concerned about developments in Israel. If the country becomes a ‘Jewish state’, we fear that it will reinforce discrimination and segregation and undermine Israeli democracy. ”
If Israel becomes a ‘Jewish state’? Israel has been a Jewish state since 1948. Agøy should start by reading UN Resolution 181 of 29 November 1947. There the term Jewish state is used 30 times. Better yet, look up the League of Nations mandate from 1922! Agøy should also read Israel’s Declaration of Independence. “The Jewish people have, like all other people, a natural right to be masters of their own destiny in their own state,” David Ben-Gurion proclaimed. “The State of Israel will be open for Jewish immigration and for gathering the Jews in exile.”
Agøy’s article evokes memories of when she called to me in 2011. The Secretary-General did not appreciate criticism from MIFF. Also at that time Agøy expressed resistance against Israel to be a Jewish state – she did not appreciate “states with a religious identity”. At that time I did not believe my own ears. It has since dawned on me that the Church of Norway’s foremost foreign policy spokesman actually means what she said. On March 8, the confirmation came in black and white.
In all Arab constitutions from after WW2, except Lebanon and also Saudi Arabia (where the Qur’an is the Constitution), Islam is the declared state religion. The draft Constitution for Palestine, which is the applicable law for the Palestinian Authority, emphasises that the government should be Arabic and Islamic.
Agøy fears that Israel will become more discriminating and less democratic. Such a concern is of course completely legitimate, and we share it for all states. That said, the Secretary-General ought to ask herself why Israel has been preserved as a free democracy for almost 70 years despite major external and internal pressure than any other comparable country. Is it because of the state’s Jewish character, or in spite of? If she compares with discrimination, segregation and democracy in the non-Jewish neighbours, she can find some answers.
Agøy and the Ecumenical Council cheer a Palestinian state, which would be Arab and Muslim ( “with sharia as the basis for legislation”), but she fears a ‘Jewish state’. The Ecumenical Council embraces Arab state number 22 and Muslim state number 57, but denies Israel to be a Jewish state. Where are the bishops and priests who follow their Master – and shout “hypocrisy” when it stares you in the eye?