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Having been refused a face-to-face interview with Bach, I turned to the CHS report and read that almost two-thirds of respondents agree with the statement: "I am disappointed in the way the Jews, with their particular history, treat the Palestinians".  Thirty-eight per cent said that they believe that Israel's treatment of the Palestinians is similar to Nazi treatment of the Jews during World War II. One out of four believes that Jews today exploit the memory of the Holocaust to their own advantage, while 13 per cent believe that Jews themselves are to blame for their persecution. 

This, remember, is a survey of Norwegian gentiles (fewer than 5 per cent of whom are Muslim) speaking about Norwegian Jews. The left-liberal elite in Norway is going down the same road as some of the hard-Left in the UK and elsewhere: excusing and tolerating anti-Semitism against Jews because of their opposition to Israel and support of anti-Zionism.

Anti-Semitism in Norway, states the report, is "on a par with Great Britain, the Netherlands, Denmark and Sweden". But some particularly pernicious and dangerous beliefs are more widespread in the Norwegian populace; for example, 19 per cent of respondents agree with the assertion that "world Jewry works behind the scenes to promote Jewish interests", and 26 per cent believe that "Jews consider themselves to be better than other people". 

Both views are straight out of Mein Kampf and are echoed in the Norwegian media. For example, in 2008 a popular comedian, Otto Jespersen, said during a show on Norwegian national television: "I would like to take the opportunity to remember all the billions of fleas and lice that lost their lives in German gas chambers without having done anything wrong other than settling on persons of Jewish background." 

When the Norwegian media do focus on the problem, they tend to link anti-Semitism to Islam. In 2010, the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation reported that anti-Semitic attitudes were prevalent at a number of Norwegian schools with significant Muslim minorities. Teachers revealed that Muslim students often "praise or admire Adolf Hitler for his killing of Jews", that "Jew-hate is legitimate within vast groups of Muslim students" and that "Muslims laugh or demand teachers to stop when trying to educate about the Holocaust". 

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nunnunetc
February 26th, 2014
1:02 AM
I am a Norwegian Jew, and let me tell you: Its a lonely business. I dont live in Oslo, so I can't talk to other Jews and feel a sense of cultural closeness. The university I attended for many years is known for its very leftist views, and is overly critical of Israel, that means people all around don't seem too happy about befriending the likes of me. Not that anyone has said anything mean, but you get the eerie feeling that you dont really belong. Everywhere you go. Its like beeing an elephant on their sofa. The J-word. The bignose. Not one of them, a thing one must tolerate but not befriend... If I had the resources I would buy a oneway ticket to Israel and never look back. My only hope is that someday I can live there, because Norway is not a home for us Jews. By the constitutional Jew paragraph from 1814, we were'nt even allowed entrance to the Norwegian kingdome. they revoked it some time later, but only on paper.

tweedledee
October 15th, 2013
8:10 PM
re. the survey mentioned on page 3: the statement was: " "I am disappointed in the way the Jews, with their particular history, treat the Palestinians" but the author writes "This, remember, is a survey of Norwegian gentiles (fewer than 5 per cent of whom are Muslim) speaking about NORWEGIAN Jews" - wouldn't that be a statement about ISRAELI Jews? Since Norwegian Jews cannot be presumed to treat Palestinians any differently than Norwegian gentiles? IF the author could comment on this point that would be great, I'm researching anti-semitism in Norway and the point is not minor.

Morris Givner,Ph.D.
August 31st, 2013
10:08 AM
The Norwegian people have an oil heritage fund worth over 800 billion U.S. dollars .Why does the Norwegian Government and people use their enormous wealth to fund Arab terrorism against tiny Israel-the only democratic nation in the Middle East among the incredibly rich 22 nations of the Arab world? The answer:deep -seeded anti Semitism going back to the disgusting antiSemitism of the teachings of Martin Luther.Lest you have forgotten:Jews gave you Jesus and countless other cultural gifts throughout the ages including more Nobel Prize winners than other people on the Planet Earth.

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