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The earliest Muslim migrants to Norway in the 1960s were primarily from Pakistan but today they are mainly from Middle Eastern countries and Somalia. The first generation had no interest or connection with the Middle East but some of the young men from those communities are becoming radicalised and supportive of other Muslims from that region. A number, say police, are committed to jihad and motivated to take up arms in support of their "Muslim brothers" from the Middle East.

In June 2011, a survey by the Oslo municipality found that 33 per cent of Jewish students in Oslo were physically threatened or abused by other high-school teens at least two to three times a month (compared to 10 per cent for Buddhists and 5.3 per cent of Muslims). The survey also found that 51 per cent of high school students considered "Jew" a negative expression and 60 per cent had heard other students use the term as an insult.

Sara Azmeh Rasmussen is a Norwegian writer of Syrian origin who has been commended for speaking out about anti-Semitism. Rasmussen has written extensively about her time in Syria with the Social Nationalist Party, which she describes as "virulently anti-Semitic". I asked her what effect the party doctrine had on her views. 

"I believed that Jews were the source of all evils on the planet, that their conspiracy aimed to destroy my nation," she said, "and that it was right to kill Jews. Eventually it was no longer necessary to explain the hatred towards Jews. Unfortunately the political Left can't escape the blame. The liberal middle class has little contact with the new realities. They are to be found in the fine residential districts, in their offices, writing articles about liberal thoughts. How many of them have been in immigrant neighbourhoods or had a direct contact with radical Islamists?"

Does the liberal elite support anti-Semitic sentiment when expressed by Muslims?

"I wouldn't say that they support it, but that their fear of stigmatising Muslims makes them blind to anti-Semitism flourishing among Muslims. They are not able to deal with hatred between two minorities."

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Trevor Greig
November 12th, 2014
7:11 PM
Having worked offshore in Norway I have to sadly confirm that what the author says is all too true. A pity that such disgraceful behaviour besmirches the name of the many decent Norwegians who are brave up enough to stand up for the true values of a free society. I recall a South African colleague, a person of great moral integrity who had already paid a price for his stance against apartheid, who was astounded when a Statoil Rep, Gustaf Duncehead, who was known for anti-Israel stance, on the rig, Stena Don, which he was working on at the time, told him "it is a pity that Hitler did not finish what he started with the Jews". My South African colleague voiced his disgust and subsequently submitted a statement via email about this to Statoil stating what happened. He never received a reply, and to the best of his knowledge no investigation was carried out by Statoil on the matter. A very shameful affair!

October 31st, 2014
9:10 PM
to nunnunetc: If you want to make aliyah find the organisation called Ebenezer Operation Exodus and ask for their help or go to their website.They help the Jewish people with expenses and flights.

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.

October 15th, 2013
7:10 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
9:08 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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