FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 13, 2012
WIESENTHAL CENTER PRESSES NORWEGIAN AUTHORITIES TO ACT FOLLOWING FIREBRANDING Of ISRAELI-NORWEGIAN TEEN
The Simon Wiesenthal Center today demanded that Norwegian authorities take immediate action against the perpetrators following yesterday’s fire-branding of a teenage student whose father is Israeli. The incident happened at a school barbeque in Oslo when classmates heated a coin in the fire and pressed it on the boy’s neck, leaving visible burns. The school failed to contact his mother following the incident and the perpetrator received only a mild rebuke from a teacher. This is not the first time the teenager has been the target of anti-Semitic abuse. In 2010, his mother told Norwegian Broadcasting that she feared for her son’s life after he received death threats and being called “Jewish Pig” and “Jewish Satan.” She said that in every instance, school staff failed to intervene.
UPDATE: Jpost has it also.
Grete Faremo, Minister of Justice and Public Security,
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We are shocked to learn of the firebanding of a Jewish boy at an Oslo secondary school barbecue on Monday.
Apparently, this child has been the subject of antisemitic bullying and violence for the past two years, reportedly, because his father is Israeli.
What is even more astonishing is that, despite the mother’s report of assaults on her son to NRK radio evening news in 2010, there has been no reaction by the school, the police or governmental authorities.
The boy has stated that he must stay clear of Norwegian and Muslim children and hide his parentage to avoid continued antisemitic attacks.
Madam Minister, these young school hatemongers are the Breivik racists of Norway’s future. You have a responsibility to protect every threatened child and, especially, this victim targetted simply for being Jewish.
The silence of the school, the police and your government is too reminiscent of another Norway, under the WWII Nazi collaborator, Quisling.
Our Centre urges your immediate investigation of this case and protective and judicial action, as continued silence is tantamount to complicity.
Dr. Shimon Samuels
Director for International Relations
CC: Rabbi Marvin Hier, Dean and Founder, Simon Wiesenthal Centre, Los
Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Associate Dean, Simon Wiesenthal Centre, Los Angeles