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Two of the dinner guests told me they have heard the term "Jew" being used by young Muslim men as a term of abuse. "It did not use to be like this," said one. "We were good at assimilating and were left alone by the [other] Norwegians."

The next day I met Cora Alexa Doving and Vibeke Moe from CHS, who were keen to assure me that there was no real recorded rise in anti-Semitism and that it was clear that radical Muslims were the main instigators. They told me the police are monitoring approximately 100 such radicals, all of whom have criminal records and/or connections with jihadist groups. 

Anti-Semitic hate crimes are not recorded as such since the category does not exist in Norwegian law. However, under pressure from the Jewish community to take note of specific reports, the police recently stated that there was an increase in reports of hate crime towards Jews. 

 "It is a little bit tricky that the Norwegians say that Jews should take a stand against Israel," says Moe, "and that so many compare what is happening in Israel with the Nazi regime. But maybe they have a lack of knowledge about the situation in Israel, and ‘Nazi' is used casually to describe something bad."

For Norwegian Jews to be told they are responsible for the Middle East crisis, or that they should "take a stand" against Israel is analogous to telling all British Muslims that they are to blame for the Asian sex-grooming gangs.

I left Oslo with a sense of foreboding. This tiny Jewish community, despite its tenacious spirit that survived Nazi occupation, could well become extinct in a country that prides itself on being a liberal and tolerant nation.

No one, it seems, is protecting them. More than 60 years after the wartime collaborationist leader Vidkun Quisling was executed, the word "quisling" remains a synonym for traitor. If the Jews were now to be forced out of Norway altogether, future generations of Norwegians will be left with an equally shameful legacy. 

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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
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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