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Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Norway has banned Kosher animal slaughter since before the Nazis

The Norwegian government may be sorry today that they messed with Caroline Glick. And although she explicitly did not ask for one, they might consider an apology. Glick gives us a contemporary history lesson about Norwegian anti-Semitism.
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 [pictured. CiJ] 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.


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.


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.
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Norwegians believe that terrorism is sometimes okay, especially when its targets are Israelis and it is perpetrated by 'Palestinians.' Anders Behring Breivik got that message. But he also decided that terrorism was okay at a time when it was wrong, even according to Norwegians. Instead of soul-searching, Norwegians are accusing. That is wrong.


I just received the email below from reader Eliana:
Carl, the photo you're showing of Knut Hamsun is Max von Sydow who stared in a movie about the man.

The movie's name was "Hamsun" and it was produced in 1996.

Okay, I'll leave this picture here for now and grab another one if I need it.

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At 11:06 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

The Norwegians unlike the Germans, have never confronted their ugly and hateful past.

Blaming Jews won't change who they are.

At 4:12 AM, Blogger biorabbi said...

Yes, Carl have you seen this movie with Max Von Sydow . It was about the Norwegians role in world war II. I actually think Von Wydow made the guy sound rather pathetic as he was in his 70's when he went 'pro-Nazi' and almost seemed demented. But what that movie reveals is a very ambiguous, murky Norwegian sentiment in world war II. It was not just a matter of "getting by" as was the case with French Vichy. The Norwegians viewed themselves as aryan's akin to the Germans and visa versa.

Norman, it is true the Norwegians have never confronted their ugly and hateful past. Contrast this example with Poland who have tried to change for the better. I believe Poland has a strong pro-Israel thought process today.

From a psychological perspective, the Norwegians engage in denial and deflection. Denial is not a river here but complete silence about the Norwegian role in world war II. Deflection in focusing on Israel, focusing on the Israeli right and throwing in Nazi comparisons when possible. They deflect their own pastime role of Jew baiting by making the psychological inference that "the Jews are as bad as we were/are in world war II and today." Quite disgusting.

Here the tendency for anti-zionism to merge with blatant anti-semitism comes through. Of course, there is always a connection. As a person of partial Jewish descent, Israel actually lowers anti-semitism around the world. In a world without Israel, Jew baiting would proceed without masks such as BDS.


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