Comedy sketch satirizes Norway's old ‘Jewish clause'

By JTA
February 19, 2014 14:26

Entertainment director of government-owned broadcaster says sketch was meant to ridicule founding fathers who wrote clause banning Jews from country, not Jews.




AN IDYLLIC scene in downtown Bergen, Norway.

Bergen, Norway scenic bay 370. (photo credit:Stoyan Nenov/Reuters)

A comedy sketch on Norway public television satirized the banning of Jews by the county’s first constitution.

The sketch broadcast Sunday on NRK, the Norwegian government-owned radio and television broadcaster, was part of celebrations to mark the constitution’s 200th year. The clause banning Jews from entering Norway was part of the constitution enacted in 1814 and was lifted in 1851.

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“It is shocking and embarrassing to create humor from this clause, which shut the Jews out of our country,” said Dagrun Eriksen, deputy chairman of the Christian Democratic Party, according to TheLocal.no. “The Jewish clause is part of our dark history. As a nation we must take responsibility for this and not make flippant skits out of it.”

Charlo Halvorsen, entertainment editor for NRK, told TheLocal that the sketch was meant to ridicule the founding fathers who wrote the Jewish clause, not Jews.

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