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Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Norwegian newspaper publishes Olmert as a Nazi cartoon

Six months ago, the leftist Norwegian government issued an apology to Muslims worldwide because a Norwegian magazine published the Muhammed cartoons that had earlier appeared in a Danish newspaper:
I am sorry that the publication of a few cartoons in the Norwegian paper Magazinet has caused unrest among Muslims. I fully understand that these drawings are seen to give offence by Muslims worldwide. Islam is a spiritual reference point for a large part of the world. Your faith has the right to be respected by us.

The cartoons in the Christian paper Magazinet are not constructive in building the bridges which are necessary between people with different religious and ethnic backgrounds. Instead they contribute to suspicion and unnecessary conflict.

Let it be clear that the Norwegian government condemns every expression or act which expresses contempt for people on the basis of their religion or ethnic origin. Norway has always supported the fight of the UN against religious intolerance and racism, and believes that this fight is important in order to avoid suspicion and conflict. Tolerance, mutual respect and dialogue are the basis values of Norwegian society and of our foreign policy.

Freedom of expression is one of the pillars of Norwegian society. This includes tolerance for opinions that not everyone shares. At the same time our laws and our international obligations enforce restrictions for incitement to hatred or hateful expressions.
Two weeks ago, a Norwegian newspaper published a cartoon of Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert as the infamous commander of a Nazi death camp who indiscriminately murdered Jews by firing at them at random from his balcony.

The caricature by political cartoonist Finn Graff appeared in the Oslo daily Dagbladet. Norway's small Jewish community was outraged and the Simon Weisenthal Center submitted a protest to the Norwegian government. Just half a year ago, Graff declared that he would never draw a cartoon of Muhammed out of "fear and respect." I guess that drawing cartoons of Jews is differernt in Graff's eyes.

In the cartoon, Olmert is likened to SS Major Amon Goeth, the commandant of the Plaszow death camp outside of Krakow, Poland, who was convicted of mass murder in 1946 and hanged.

While in charge of Plaszow, Goeth would go out to the balcony of his villa, and engage in target practice by aiming his telescopic rifle and firing at random at Jews imprisoned there, often killing them.

The scene was depicted by director Steven Spielberg in his 1993 film, Schindler's List.

In the Jerusalem Post this morning, columnist Michael Freund reports that:

The Norwegian Israel Center against Anti-Semitism, an Oslo-based organization comprising Jews and Christians, has appealed to the government to speak out against hatred of Jews.

"We have launched a campaign to get Norwegians to send letters to the minister of justice to make Norway a safer place for Jews," said center founder Erez Urieli by phone from Oslo.

"We should not go underground. We have to take care of anti-Semitism before it becomes dangerous," he said.

Urieli noted that Norwegian society is extremely tolerant and broad-minded, and that many non-Jews had joined in protesting against manifestations of anti-Semitism. "Many Christians support us, and have written to the government to complain about how Jews are treated in Norway. Today, we are standing together, and we can bring about change with the help of our Christian friends," he said.

I wonder whether the Norwegian government will apologize and if so, how long it will take for it to do so.

For more on anti-Semitism in Norway, read this report by the Fjordman.


At 10:33 AM, Blogger Jack Steiner said...

I suppose that unless he wakes up with a horses head he'll come up with any number of excuses.

At 10:43 AM, Blogger Lois Koenig said...

And we once looked at the Scandinavian countries as friends of the Jews....now?

They have become a part of Eurabia.

At 10:50 AM, Blogger Carl in Jerusalem said...

The Danes actually are friends of the Jews. It's the Norwegians and the Swedes who aren't (read the last article I linked for more details).

At 2:03 PM, Blogger Milhouse said...

The Danes are friends of the Jews? Since when? Not in the last decade or two, certainly. Ask Carmi Gillon. And read this.

(Yes, in WW2 they protected Danish Jews, though they couldn't give a $&*# about any foreign Jew who might have been caught in Denmark; just as the Bulgarians protected the Bulgarian Jews but sent all the Macedonian Jews to Auschwitz.)

At 12:28 PM, Blogger Solan said...

Graff stated that he would not draw Mohammed "for fear of his life". If you read Norwegian, check out the source, where Finn Graff made his statement (Magazinet, the newspaper that published the Muhammed cartoons):


As for being friends or non-friends of jews, nobody here give a rat's arse what you believe in as long as you don't use it to threaten other people. Jew, Christiam, Muslim, Buddhist - nobody cares unless you suddenly show up with your holy book and a bomb.

Aside from that, you guys are a disgrace compared to these guys:



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