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From the Depths of Their Soles

Someone call the UN Human Rights Council! (They’ll get right on it in 2015, after the 23 pending complaints against Israel are passed overwhelmingly.)

The trial of admitted Norway mass killer Anders Behring Breivik was disrupted Friday when a brother of one of the 77 people killed in last summer’s massacre threw a shoe at the defendant.

“You killed my brother. Go to hell! Go to hell,” the spectator yelled as he threw the shoe, which missed Breivik but hit one of his defense lawyers, Vibeke Hein Baera, who was sitting closest to the courtroom spectators, according to a report from Views and News from Norway.

“If someone wants to throw something at me, do it at me while I’m entering or leaving, and not at my lawyer,” Breivik said, according to a report from BBC News.

Police escorted the thrower, who was not identified, from the courtroom, but his actions were greeted by applause and shouts of “Bravo!” by others spectators, reports said.

Views and News, citing Norway’s VG Nett, reported that the shoe thrower lives outside of Norway and had flown into Oslo on Wednesday so he could be at the trial when his brother’s autopsy was presented.

Some reports said the shoe thrower was from Iraq, a country where the action is seen as a grave insult because the bottom of shoes are unclean.

That’s okay in Iraq—you guys sure showed George Bush!—but a single airborne shoe hardly matches the horror of Breivik’s crimes. A few herring might be more culturally appropriate, or a few blows from an old-fashioned baseball bat with a few rusty nails driven through it.

But a single Cole-Haan penny loafer, size 10 1/2 E? Come on…

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Eurobama

Yesterday, we learned that being a senator was beneath Obama (or at least having to listen to Biden in the Senate); today, we learn that even being President isn’t all it’s cracked up to be:

But amid the bad news and pressures of late 2009, the trip unexpectedly passed like a brief, happy fantasy for the president, a Nordic alternate reality where citizens were learned and pensive, discussions were thoughtful, and everyone was a fan. “It wasn’t hero worship,” said one adviser who accompanied them. “Okay, it was.”

For one day, the Obamas lived in the dream version of his presidency instead of the depressing reality. At meals and receptions, they mingled with the members of the Royal Academy – government officials, academics…

The trip spurred a thought the Obamas and their friends would voice to each other again and again as the president’s popularity continued to decline: the American public just did not appreciate their exceptional leader. The president “could get 70 or 80 percent of the vote anywhere but the U.S.” [President Obama's old friend] Marty Nesbitt told [another old friend of Obama] Eric Whitaker indignantly.”

Does it even occur to people who say, think, or write such a thing that the reason his popularity is declining (to the extent that it is) is precisely tied to his popularity among Europeans? He wants to remake the US in the image of European socialism. No wonder he’s popular in (that antisemitic enclave) Norway; and no wonder he’s less so here.

But the real issue seems that he doesn’t get universal love. Any detractor seems a detractor too many. How can you people not see his brilliance, his articulateness, his cleanliness? Obama’s popularity is actually higher than it should be, given the moribund economy and his renunciation of certain campaign promises. He still probably stands a good chance of being reelected. What’s his problem? We don’t have a peace prize to offer an unworthy candidate; we just have the Oval Office. And we gave that to him, unworthy as he is of that too.

But I’m still stunned that we can get revelations like this out of a published book. Surely, some in the press have read it. (I wouldn’t, but it’s their job.) Did it occur to none of them that this is an interesting and very telling anecdote?

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“Jew Bastards”… and Others

So, is this part of that “Jewish lobby” I’ve heard-tell of so often?

Former CIA director George Tenet has acknowledged that elements of the counterintelligence investigation against a former Jewish attorney at the agency in the 1990s could be construed as anti-Semitic.

Tenet acknowledged this in a previously undisclosed sworn deposition, part of a privacy act lawsuit filed by the former attorney, Adam Ciralsky. In 1999, Ciralsky’s security clearance was revoked because of his alleged lack of candor about contact with Israelis and Israeli-Americans, effectively ending his brief career with the CIA. For the last dozen years Ciralsky has sued the CIA to bring to light how he believes a few agency officials—motivated by anti-Semitism—targeted him unfairly. On Friday he dropped his case.

“I am proud of my service with the CIA and have a deep and abiding respect for the organization and its mission,” Ciralsky said in a statement. “I am equally proud that by highlighting and confronting the misconduct of a few, I spurred positive change.”

While Tenet acknowledged in a 1999 letter to the Anti-Defamation League that some of the conduct of CIA investigators in the Ciralsky case was inappropriate, Tenet goes further and into more detail in the new deposition. Tenet authorized sensitivity training for the CIA on anti-Semitism following allegations of misconduct in the Ciralsky investigation. At the time the CIA said Ciralsky’s dismissal was not the result of anti-Jewish prejudice.

According to the transcript of a 2010 deposition viewed exclusively by The Daily Beast, Tenet said statements attributed to an officer who administered a polygraph to Ciralsky were “insensitive, inappropriate and unprofessional”—and could be construed as anti-Semitic.

The statement in question was from a polygraph administrator identified as “Charles B” in the court transcripts. In a sworn declaration, another CIA polygraph administrator, John Sullivan said, “I was in B’s office when he came and I asked him how the test was going. B’s response was to refer to Ciralsky as ‘that little Jew bastard.’ I don’t recall what B said after that but I believe that he said something to the effect that he, B, ‘knew Ciralsky was hiding something.’”

Who would construe that as antisemitic?

Or this?

Prominent Norwegian academic and founder of ‘peace and conflict studies’, Johan Galtung, claims that Jews control media, silence spurs antisemitism.

In an article published on Monday in the Norwegian magazine ‘Humanist’, professor Johan Galtung, founder of the academic discipline of ‘peace and conflict studies’ and an ‘Alternative Nobel Price’ laureate, lashes out against what he claims to be the ‘Jewish dominance’ of mass media.

Quoting an Pak Alert Press article republished on an internet blog focusing on islamic issues, he claims that ‘Six Jewish Companies own 96 % of world media’ and that ‘the directors of the three largest media conglomerates Walt Disney, Time Warner and Viacom are Jews; Similarly the three largest TV channels ABC, CBS and NBC before they joined the conglomerates.’

Galtung moves on to present a long list of American newspapers, publishing houses and movie production companies, which he states is under Jewish ownership.

- Is this coincidental for 1.9 percent of the US population? the Norwegian professor asks, adding that Jewish ownership is the equivalent of ‘Jewish control’. He links this to a bias on Middle East coverage, by pointing to several Jews who have stated that ‘Jews that write in the media, have a role to defend Israel.’

First of all, “prominent” can never be used to modify “Norwegian”, even in Norway—with the possible exception of Vidkun Quisling, the Nazi collaborator during WWII, whom Professor Galtung would remember. Galtung might also remember fondly the arrest and deportation of Jews under Quisling’s and the Nazi’s rule, and the seizure of their property.

It’s funny how this stuff isn’t better known in the Jew-dominated media.

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European Leftism is the New Fascism

Hey Aggie, do you think the Jews of France might feel more comfortable elsewhere in Europe?

Probably not:

“The current Labor/radical left Norwegian government is promoting an extreme one-sided and negative stance toward Israel. It is responsible for creating a politically-correct hatred of Israel among many people in the country. This has made Norway, in my view, the most anti-Semitic country in the West. In Norwegian history, there has never been such an anti-Israeli attitude.”

Hanne Nabintu Herland is a Norwegian academic and a historian of religion. She has authored several successful books. The latest one, Respect, published in February 2012, received a lot of publicity and tops the country’s best seller list.

Yet, there has been complete public silence regarding the sharp criticism she poses in the book against the current leftist government for its biased view on Israel.

Herland says, “Control on public opinion is so strong in Norway that it is questionable whether it can be considered a free democratic state. The Labor Party has widely used the terror attack by Anders Breivik against it on 22 July 2011 to further discriminate against any opposition and shut down public debate.”

She adds: “The Norwegian government indirectly accepts the Hamas agenda where its main goals include ethnic cleansing, terror, and genocide against the Jews. Labor Party Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre regularly defends Hamas in newspapers abroad. In February 2011, he did this in the International Herald Tribune, for instance.

“Last year Støre was caught lying on a live program on Norwegian TV2. There he denied that he held continuous talks with Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal. Yet St?re had to admit this when the reporter told him that Meshaal had mentioned these conversations. What initially may have been an act of naiveté is by now suspect of deliberate malice. In the long term, Støre is tarnishing Norway’s international reputation by acting as a Hamas defender.

None of this is news to regular readers. When I came up with my April Antisemitism brackets for a European Jew-Off, I made Norway a number one seed.

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Okay, Scandinavia. But Denmark is fine, and as bad is Sweden is, it can’t carry Norway’s keffiyeh. Just ask any Norwegian.

“Despite major anti-Israel propaganda last year, a poll undertaken by Norway’s largest paper Verdens Gang found that 60% of the Norwegian people believes that Israel is right in claiming that coverage of it in Norwegian media is biased. This survey was done after the Israeli embassy in Oslo had filed a complaint against the state broadcasting authority NRK for its biased reporting.

“This anti-Israelism is often accompanied by anti-Semitism. Jewish children in Norwegian schools particularly suffer from it. According to a study, many of them are harassed much more than other minorities.

“One may wonder why the Norwegian establishment is continuously badgering the only democracy in the Middle East.

One may ask that across the globe, dear.

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Sami Davis, Jr.

He was Jewish, too, wasn’t he?

A mission of Sami leaders arrived in Israel this week to study how the country invented and implemented modern Hebrew into a successful, vibrant language in 100 years, and how to utilize the ulpan language study program to teach new learners.

No one ever believed that a university could teach in Hebrew, Hebrew University President Menachem Ben-Sasson told Kevin Johansen, Lars Joar Halonen and Nils Ante Eira on Monday, after the three observed Hebrew-language instruction at the university’s Rothberg International School. The university’s name came from the founders’ determination, back in 1925, to have Hebrew become a spoken language for everyday use, Ben-Sasson explained.

“They said it would be a dream, but it’s like your dream,” said Ben Sasson. People thought the university was crazy to insist on teaching the sciences in Hebrew, a language that students barely spoke, he added. “You can get students to be a light to revive language and positive nationalism vis-à-vis language.”

Johansen, Halonen and Eira are on a five-day visit to understand how Israel teaches new immigrants the language in the various ulpan (language immersion) programs. The Norwegian government has sponsored a number of initiatives to preserve and promote Sami culture, including creating a Sami-language kindergarten, which opened in August.

“Parents want to learn with their children,” said Johansen, who estimated that his was one of only three households in a municipality of 300 Sami that speak Sami as a day-to-day language.

Johansen, an adviser for Sami issues at the University of Nordland in Norway and for the county governor of Nordland, said they hoped to expand their contacts with Israel.

We covered this in less detail the other day—noting derisively that this mission to Israel closely followed Norway’s decision to cancel a trip to Israel by its shooting team because Israel is too dangerous. The Samis are armed only with their cultural pride, and they couldn’t feel safer.

Suck on that, Norway!

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Oslo-Witted

We cited the story yesterday of the Norwegian shooting team who were denied permission to travel to Israel because Norway feels Israel is too dangerous (this is the shooting team, remember!).

But here are some rough, tough Norwegians who are willing to risk their very lives to travel to the Promised Land.

Representatives of the Sami minority in Norway came to the Hebrew University of Jerusalem today to learn how Hebrew is taught to students from around the world. Their goal is to apply similar teaching methods to revitalize the endangered Sami languages so they can pass them on to future generations.

An estimated 100,000 Sami people live in Lapland, a region in northern Europe stretching across Norway, Finland, Sweden and Russia. Of ten known Sami languages, several have disappeared, and some currently have as few as 30 speakers. Not all of the languages are mutually understandable.

With financial support from the Norwegian government, the Sami have launched several initiatives, such as a Sami-language kindergarten, to promote the use of their traditional languages. But their current objective is to learn how other cultures successfully revived traditional languages and to adopt those methods in their own communities.

According to delegation leader Kevin Johansen, “At first we focused on Scotland and Wales, because we had looked at how many people speak the different minority languages in Europe, and while most had declined, Scotland and Wales had some success. But they told us that it’s better for us to go to Israel, because the Israelis are the experts and they had learned from the Israelis. We wanted to learn from the best and so that’s why we decided to come here.”

Bring your tongues, Samis, and be welcomed, but leave your guns at home. Somebody might get hurt.

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No One Goes There Anymore, It’s Too Crowded

This is telling in so many ways:

Norway’s security authorities have ruled that Israel is a dangerous place and as such, the country’s national shooting team has cancelled its trip to Israel next month. The Norwegian Shooting Association informed the Israeli Shooting Association of the decision last weekend.

The Norwegians were to take part in a training camp that is scheduled to take place in early March at the Olympic shooting range in Herzliya. Also scheduled to take part in the training is the Russian national shooting team.

The message that the Norwegians sent to the Israeli Shooting Association did not explain the reason for the cancellation. It was only when the Israeli association’s chairman, Yair Davidovich, met with the head of the Norwegian delegation at the European Shooting Championships in Finland that he was he informed that the cancellation is a result of an instruction by local security authorities, who determined that Israel is a dangerous place.

Israel, dangerous? Compared to Davenport, Iowa, maybe, but I’d feel safer anywhere in Israel than in Malmo, Sweden, say, or even Amsterdam. Heck, maybe even Helsinki, Norway. And do they mention what the perceived danger is? Roving bands of rabbis looking to knock heads together? Curiously, they do not say.

But the other sadly comic (unless I mean comically sad) point is how European nations respond to dangers they perceive (but never identify). They won’t even send their shooting teams—well armed and better trained—to vaguely determined “dangerous places”. (Does that go for military and police, too?) The effeteness of Europe could not be better defined. Shooting is all fun and games until someone actually has to shoot.

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Norwegian Wouldn’t

Gee, you little [bleeps], why do you think this is?

Norway’s largest newspaper is afraid the country is losing its Jews.

“Norway is in danger of becoming a country without a Jewish population,” the daily Aftenposten wrote in an editorial over the weekend, calling on the state to provide more protection for the Jews in the country who are affiliated with the two synagogues there – one in Oslo, and the other in Trondheim.

According to the paper, half of the membership fees from the Oslo synagogue go to security. That synagogue was the target of a shooting attack in 2006.

“Twice the congregation has applied to the Ministry of Justice for support to safeguard the Congregation’s buildings. Twice they have been met with a refusal,” Aftenposten wrote. “Minister of Justice Grethe Faremo now confirms the Ministry has an intention to reassess the synagogue’s security. This should be natural after the Prime Minister’s Holocaust speech, about nobody being forced to feel unsafe about their religion in Norway.”

Two weeks ago Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stolenberg said during a speech on International Holocaust Remembrance Day that “without relieving the Nazis of their responsibility, it is time for us to acknowledge that Norwegian policemen and other Norwegians took part in the arrest and deportation of Jews. Today I feel it is fitting for me to express our deepest apologies that this could happen on Norwegian soil.”

Stolenberg said 772 Jews were arrested and deported during the Holocaust, and only 34 survived. He also said that Norwegian Jews today say they are living in fear, “afraid to be visible as Jews.”

“We cannot accept this in Norway,” he said. “No one should have to hide their faith, cultural identity or sexual orientation.” Stolenberg said Norway needed to be a safe place for Jews, and that “no one – no individual, no minority – should have to live in fear in this country.”

I’ve never been to Noway [sic], and I’m not likely to go, but I would wager that unless Noway is willing to stand up to its Muslims, Jews will have plenty of reason to “live in fear this country”.

If I am proved wrong in that assumption, I will apologize.

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Israel MAY BE a Homicidal Maniac—I Said “May be!”

So, a Norwegian madman shoots up the seat of his government and then massacres kids at a socialist youth camp. Who does a Swedish academic blame?

[Jeopardy theme music]

The Jews!

A Swedish professor suggested Israel was behind the bloody terror attacks committed by Norwegian terrorist Anders Behring Breivik this past July, stirring up controversy in the country.

Research professor Ola Tunander of the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) published an article in the Norwegian academic journal Nytt Norsk Tidsskrift in which he called to further examine Brevik’s motives.

According to Tunander, it is possible that some country was behind the terror attacks, hinting that Israel might be that country.

The guy must be a subscriber to the NY Times (see below).

Tunander claimed that in order to carry out a terror attack of such magnitude the involvement of state forces is needed, “and we can’t rule out that being the case this time too,” he wrote.

While quoting the controversial article, the Swedish news site The Local presented the professor’s theory. Tunander mentioned the political tensions between Oslo and Jerusalem in the months prior to the terror attacks in light of Norway’s intent to recognize a Palestinian state.

He goes on to link between July 22, the date of Breivik’s killing spree, and the significance of that date in Israel’s history. Tunander brings up the Lillehammer affair of 1973, when Mossad agents accidently killed a Moroccan waiter in the Norwegian city believing he was Ali Hassan Salameh, the chief of operations for the 1972 Munich massacre of Israeli athletes. One of the agents was arrested the day after the murder, on July 22nd.

The Norwegian professor also discussed the bombing at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem carried out by the Irgun on July 22, 1946.

And after dumping all that circumstantial goo all over Israel’s reputation, he declares:

Tunander said that it was unfair to conclude from his article about any intention to link between Israel and the most murderous event in Norway’s history since World War II.

Sweet!

PS: Does the Swedish accent sound as silly in Norwegian as it does in English? Just wondering.

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Norway’s Ignoble History Of Antisemitism

It is very silly to attack Caroline Glick.

Since my column was a defense of free speech and a general explanation of why terrorism is antithetical to the foundations of liberal democracy – regardless of its ideological motivations – I did not focus my attention on Norwegian society. I did not discuss Norwegian anti- Semitism or anti-Zionism. Indeed, I purposely ignored these issues.

But when on Friday, Norway’s Deputy Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide published an unjustified attack on me on these pages, he forced me to take the time to study the intellectual and political climate of hatred towards Israel and Jews that pervades Norwegian society.

That climate is not a contemporary development.

Rather it has been a mainstay of Norwegian society.

In a 2006 report on Jew hatred in contemporary Norwegian caricatures published by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, Erez Uriely noted among other things that Norway banned kosher ritual slaughter in 1929 – three years before a similar ban was instituted in Nazi Germany.

And whereas the ban on kosher ritual slaughter was lifted in post-war Germany, it was never abrogated in Norway.

As Uriely noted, Norway’s prohibition on Jewish ritual slaughter makes Judaism the only religion that cannot be freely practiced in Norway.

Fascism was deeply popular in Norway in the 1930s.

In the wake of the Nazi invasion, Norwegian governmental leaders founded and joined the Norwegian Nazi Party. Apparently, sympathy for Nazi collaborators is strong today in Norway.

As the JCPA’s Manfred Gerstenfeld noted in a report on the rise in Norwegian anti-Semitic attacks during 2009, two years ago the Norwegian government allocated more than $20 million in public funds to commemorate Norwegian novelist Knut Hamsun on the occasion of the Nobel laureate for literature’s 150th birthday. As The New York Times reported, in February 2009, Norway’s Queen Sonja opened the, “year-long, publicly financed commemoration of Hamsun’s 150th birthday called ‘Hamsun 2009.’” But while Hamsun may have been a good writer, he is better remembered for being an enthusiastic Nazi. Hamsun gave his Nobel prize to Nazi propaganda chief Josef Goebbels. During a wartime visit to Germany, Hamsun flew to meet Adolf Hitler at Hitler’s mountain home in Bavaria.

And in 2009, Norway built a $20 million museum to honor his achievements.

As Uriely explained in his report, “Norwegian anti- Semitism does not come from the grassroots but from the leadership – politicians, organization leaders, church leaders, and senior journalists. It does not come from Muslims but from the European-Christian society.”

Despite indignant claims that the two are unrelated, Norway’s elite anti-Semitism merges seamlessly with their anti-Zionism. An apparently unwitting example of this fusion is found in Eide’s attack against me in last Friday’s Post.

Eide’s attack on me revolved around my citation of Ambassador Sevje’s interview with Maariv. In his column Eide wrote, “Several other Israeli media have latched on to this [interview] as well.”

While this may be true, I first learned of Sevje’s interview in the US media. Specifically, I read about the interview at Commentary Magazine’s website, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency’s website, and the website of the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA) before I read the original interview on Maariv’s website.

Commentary, JTA and CAMERA are not Israeli organizations or outlets. They are Jewish American organizations and outlets. Eide’s conflation of them with the “Israeli media” indicates that the deputy minister has a hard time separating Jews from Israelis, (and by extension, Jew hatred from Israel hatred).

One of the Jewish Americans who attacked the Norwegian ambassador’s willingness to distinguish between Palestinian terrorist murderers of Israelis and Breivik’s terrorist murder of Norwegians was Harvard Professor Alan Dershowitz. Dershowitz said, “I know of no reasonable person who has tried to justify the terrorist attacks against Norway. Yet there are many Norwegians who not only justify terrorist attacks against Israel, but praise them, support them, help finance them and legitimate them.”

In March Dershowitz experienced Norway’s elite anti- Semitism-qua-anti-Zionism firsthand. Dershowitz was brought to Norway by a pro-Israel group to conduct lectures at three Norwegian universities. All three university administrations refused to invite him to speak. Student groups acting independently of their university administrations in the end invited Dershowitz to give his lectures.

As Dershowitz explained in a Wall Street Journal article, he was the victim of an unofficial Norwegian university boycott of Israeli universities. The unofficial boycott is so extensive that it bans not only Israeli academics, but non-Israeli, Jewish academics that are pro-Israel.

And lest someone believe Norway’s anti-Jewish boycott is due to the so-called “occupation,” as Dershowitz pointed out, the petition calling for an academic boycott of Israel begins, “Since 1948 the state of Israel has occupied Palestinian land.”

The Norwegian elite’s rejection of Israel’s right to exist, and ban on pro-Israel Jewish speakers from university campuses goes a long way in explaining Norway’s support for Hamas. If Norway’s opposition to Israel was merely due to its size, rather than its very existence, it would be difficult to understand why Norway maintains friendly contact with Hamas. Hamas is after all a genocidal, terrorist group, which like the Nazis seeks the annihilation of the Jewish people as a whole. Yet Norway’s Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Store wrote an article justifying his relations with Hamas as in line with Norway’s embrace of “dialogue.”

As Store’s deputy Eide’s unrestrained and unjustified attack against me, and as Norway’s academic – and to a large degree media – boycott of pro-Israel voices make clear, Norway’s embrace of dialogue is as selective as its condemnation of terrorism.

Here we should recall that Norway’s ruling class supported Hamas against Israel in Operation Cast Lead.

Israel’s dovish Kadima government only began the operation in Gaza because it had no choice. For months then prime minister Ehud Olmert sat on his hands as southern Israel was pummeled with unprovoked barrages of thousands of missiles and rockets from Gaza. Olmert was forced to take action after Hamas massively escalated its rocket and missile attacks in November and early December 2008.

While silent about Palestinian aggression, Norway’s government attacked Israel for defending itself. As Store put it, “The Israeli ground offensive in Gaza constitutes a dramatic escalation of the conflict. Norway strongly condemns any form of warfare that causes severe civilian suffering, and calls on Israel to withdraw its forces immediately.”

Two of Store’s associates, Eric Fosse and Mads Gilbert, decamped to Gaza during Cast Lead and set up shop in Shifa Hospital. The two were fixtures in the Norwegian media, which constantly interviewed them throughout the conflict, and so spread their libelous charges against the IDF without question.

Fosse and Gilbert never mentioned that Hamas’s high command was located at the hospital in open breach of the laws of war.

When they returned home, they co-authored a book in which they accused the IDF of entering Gaza with the express goal of murdering women and children.

Store wrote a blurb of endorsement on the book’s back cover.

Store visited Israel in January. During his visit he gave an interview to the Post where he ignored diplomatic protocol and attacked the Knesset’s contemporaneous decision to form a parliamentary commission of inquiry into foreign funding of anti-Zionist Israeli NGOs.

The basic rationale for the commission was that Israelis have a right to know that many purportedly Israeli groups are actually foreign organizations staffed by local Israelis. And many of the most virulently anti-Zionist NGOs staffed by Israelis operating in Israel are funded by the Norwegian government. Store arrogantly opined, “I think it is a worrying sign” about the state of Israeli democracy.

During Operation Cast Lead, Oslo was the scene of unprecedented anti-Semitic rioting. According to Eirik Eiglad, protesters who participated in anti-Israel demonstrations – and even a supposedly pro-peace demonstration – called out “Kill the Jews” and attacked policemen who tried to prevent them from rioting. Demonstrators at a pro-Israel demonstration were beaten. The Israeli embassy was threatened. Pro-Israel politicians who participated in the pro-Israel rally were beaten and received death threats.

It is a fact that the day before Breivik’s massacre of teenagers at the Labor Party’s youth camp on Utoya Island, Store spoke to them about the need to destroy Israel’s security fence. The campers role-played pro- Hamas activists breaking international law by challenging Israel’s lawful maritime blockade of the Gaza coastline.

They held signs calling for a boycott of Israel.

Despite their obvious animosity towards Israel and sympathy for genocidal, Jew hating Hamas terrorists, at no point did I or any of my Jerusalem Post colleagues do anything other than condemn completely Breivik’s barbaric massacre of his fellow Norwegians. And yet, the Norwegian government attacked us for merely pointing out in various ways, that Norway should not use Breivik’s attack as justification for further weakening Norwegian democracy.

Following the massacre, the Post published a well-argued, empathetic editorial making these general points. In response, the paper was deluged by unhinged attacks claiming that the editorial was insensitive and excused Breivik’s crimes. In response, the Post published a follow-up editorial last Friday apologizing to the Norwegian people for the earlier editorial.

I was not consulted about this editorial ahead of time, and the editorial does not reflect my views. However I understand the moral impulse of not wishing to pour salt on anyone’s wounds, which stood behind the decision to write it.

For my part, I will not request a similar apology from the Norwegian government for gratuitously attacking me. I will not request a similar apology from the Norwegian government and elites for libelously defaming my military, my country and my people. I will not request a similar apology from Norway for limiting Jews’ freedom of religion in Norway. I will not request a similar apology from Norway for comparing Israel to Nazi Germany and celebrating Norwegian Nazis.

I will not request such an apology because there are certain actions that are simply unforgivable.

A personal note here: Some of our readers feel that I am too hard on Europe. I believe that that conclusion can only be reached by refusing to look at the crushing, awe-inspiring weight of European Jew hatred for over 2,000 years. At any period, it is quite easy to pull up examples, hideous examples of their behavior. The Norwegians were the model Aryans, which isn’t their fault, but as Ms. Glick points out, they jumped on the Hitler bandwagon and persecute their tiny Jewish population to this day. If anything, Ms. Glick is too kind.

- Aggie

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