In recent years, there have been frequent harsh verbal attacks on Israel
initiated by the Norwegian government. The same is true for large segments of
Norway’s cultural elite, including many media outlets, several Lutheran bishops,
university leaders, trade unions and NGOs. This incitement has remained largely
unanswered by successive Israeli governments.
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Norway’s government, which
is dominated by Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg’s Labor Party, has been soft on
Palestinian terrorism, and has even promoted it indirectly. A few examples of
the anti-Israeli hostility are enlightening.
Most Western countries do
not lend legitimacy to the Hamas terrorists who promote genocide of the Jews.
Norway’s Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre, however, has held several meetings
with Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal.
Støre also wrote a back-cover comment
for a book by two radical leftist physicians, Mads Gilbert and Erik Fosse. It
contains a contemporary version of the blood libel, stating that Israel launched
Operation Cast Lead to kill Palestinian women and children.
the Norwegian Foreign Ministry cosponsored an exhibition in Damascus of anti-
Israel hate drawings by the Norwegian artist Hakon Gullvag.
of other examples of de facto Norwegian support for Israel’s enemies should have
been exposed publicly long ago. The present situation, however, is propitious
for a change in Israel’s attitude toward Norway’s establishment.
Breivik’s despicable murders have generated unprecedented international
attention for Norway. Before this, the country was usually mentioned only once a
year when the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded.
Due to this publicity, far
more about the establishment’s anti-Israel stance has become known.
the island of Utoya, children of 14 years and up were being taught incitement
against Israel by the extremist leaders of the AUF, the youth movement of the
Pictures of a poster calling to boycott Israel and of “Gaza
flotilla games” will continue to remind many of the hate-character of the
A day before the murders, Støre spoke at Utoya and called for the
removal of Israel’s security barrier, which has dramatically diminished suicide
This is tantamount to the indirect promotion of terror. Støre
knows terrorism all too well, having survived an attack in Kabul in 2008 in
which a Norwegian journalist accompanying him and five others were
In order to develop a new, coherent Israeli attitude toward the
Norwegian government, one must understand the key cultural characteristics of
the country’s “progressive elite.”
These include an absence of self-doubt
and self-criticism, with an overlay of Marxism.
Such characteristics have
bred much arrogance, shamelessness and intellectual dishonesty.
the truth comes naturally in such an environment, as even obvious lies often go
unchallenged by the country’s media. However incredible it may sound, there are
many examples of this.
One also has to understand what the Norwegian
government’s aims are. It wants to use part of its oil and gas wealth to build a
worldwide peace-promoting image for the country.
Deputy Foreign Minister
Espen Barth Eide wrote last Friday in The Jerusalem Post
: “We have a proven
track record of committing our political, financial and military resources to
peace-building activities around the world, where combating both terrorism and
the causes of terrorism are important objectives.”
If George Orwell were
still alive, he could have expanded his terminology to include: “Hate-mongering
is peace-building” and “Promoting terror is combating
Attacking Israel and ignoring major Palestinian and Arab
crimes comes naturally to many among the Norwegian elite. The best way to
counter this is by frequently exposing examples of indirect Norwegian support
for terror, hate-mongering and double standards, as well as inaction against
anti-Semitism by the government.
Due to the recent massacre, a number of
foreign journalists have also familiarized themselves with the perversities that
permeate Norway’s elite culture. Israeli reactions fighting back are likely now
to get more media attention than in the past.
The Israeli Embassy in Oslo
has presented a long list of biases on the part of Norwegian State Broadcasting
System NRK to its supervisory council, which has waved it away.
working for such an anti-Israel propagandist body should not be given
recognition by Israel’s Government Press Office. NGOs that receive money from
the Norwegian government should be scrutinized. How much Norwegian money is used
by Palestinians for terror should be investigated. Doing all this is virtually
risk-free. The Norwegian government could hardly cause more damage to Israel
than it already has, without information about its perverse actions being widely
The Norwegian elite’s culture will not undergo structural change
due to the massacre in Utoya. For Israel to modify Norwegian perceptions of it
would require suicidal risk-taking. Any successful policy must, therefore, be
based on a radically different approach: the continued public exposure of
Norwegian hate-mongering, so that its government’s international image becomes
as tarnished as its reality.The writer has published 20 books, two of
which address Norwegian anti-Israelism and anti- Semitism.