Alan Dershowitz anti-semitism in Norway Norway


This op-ed by Alan Dershowitz is in conjunction with his recent trip to Norway, where he was met by a wall of resistance by the academic community because he happens to be one of those ‘bad Jews‘, the kind that defends Israel from irrational accusations and demonization. How dare he. KGS

Norway to Jews: You’re Not Welcome Here


WSJ: I recently completed a tour of Norwegian universities, where I spoke about international law as applied to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But the tour nearly never happened.

Its sponsor, a Norwegian pro-Israel group, offered to have me lecture without any charge to the three major universities. Norwegian universities generally jump at any opportunity to invite lecturers from elsewhere. When my Harvard colleague Stephen Walt, co-author of “The Israel Lobby,” came to Norway, he was immediately invited to present a lecture at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim. Likewise with Ilan Pappe, a demonizer of Israel who teaches at Oxford.

My hosts expected, therefore, that their offer to have me present a different academic perspective on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict would be eagerly accepted. I have written half a dozen books on the subject presenting a centrist view in support of the two-state solution. But the universities refused.

The dean of the law faculty at Bergen University said he would be “honored” to have me present a lecture “on the O.J. Simpson case,” as long as I was willing to promise not to mention Israel. An administrator at the Trondheim school said that Israel was too “controversial.”

The University of Oslo simply said “no” without offering an excuse. That led one journalist to wonder whether the Norwegian universities believe that I am “not entirely house-trained.”

Only once before have I been prevented from lecturing at universities in a country. The other country was Apartheid South Africa.

Despite the faculties’ refusals to invite me, I delivered three lectures to packed auditoriums at the invitation of student groups. I received sustained applause both before and after the talks.

It was then that I realized why all this happened. At all of the Norwegian universities, there have been efforts to enact academic and cultural boycotts of Jewish Israeli academics. This boycott is directed against Israel’s “occupation” of Palestinian land—but the occupation that the boycott supporters have in mind is not of the West Bank but rather of Israel itself. Here is the first line of their petition: “Since 1948 the state of Israel has occupied Palestinian land . . .”

The administrations of the universities have refused to go along with this form of collective punishment of all Israeli academics, so the formal demand for a boycott failed. But in practice it exists. Jewish pro-Israel speakers are subject to a de facto boycott.

The first boycott signatory was Trond Adresen, a professor at Trondheim. About Jews, he has written: “There is something immensely self-satisfied and self-centered at the tribal mentality that is so prevalent among Jews. . . . [They] as a whole, are characterized by this mentality. . . . It is no less legitimate to say such a thing about Jews in 2008-2009 than it was to make the same point about the Germans around 1938.”

This line of talk—directed at Jews, not Israel—is apparently acceptable among many in Norway’s elite. Consider former Prime Minister Kare Willock’s reaction to President Obama’s selection of Rahm Emanuel as his first chief of staff: “It does not look too promising, he has chosen a chief of staff who is Jewish.” Mr. Willock didn’t know anything about Mr. Emanuel’s views—he based his criticism on the sole fact that Mr. Emanuel is a Jew. Perhaps unsurprisingly, fewer than 1,000 Jews live in Norway today.

The country’s foreign minister recently wrote an article justifying his contacts with Hamas. He said that the essential philosophy of Norway is “dialogue.” That dialogue, it turns out, is one-sided. Hamas and its supporters are invited into the dialogue, but supporters of Israel are excluded by an implicit, yet very real, boycott against pro-Israel views.

Mr. Dershowitz is a law professor at Harvard. His latest novel is “The Trials of Zion” (Grand Central Publishing, 2010).

13 Responses

  1. As a child of Holocaust survivors, I am not surprise that the Norwegians think this way and I have started my own little campaign here in the United States. I have started to educate people about the behavior of the Norwegians and have asked them to boycott any Norwegian products in our stores. I have have been reasonably successful at this and will continue to expand my efforts.

    Since pigs are not kosher, why should any Jew buy from them?

    1. Well said John, please take note, there are a handful of them, pro-Israel Norwegians, that are literally fighting an uphill battle. I feel sorry for them, that they have to see their country being equated with bigoted idiocy, but that’s the nature of things right now. Cheers/KGS

    2. Right on, John. I used to admire Norway; I remember camping with a bunch of young Australians above the Artic Circle many years ago in Norway and taking photos of children in a place I think was called Mo i Rama. (Something like that.)

      I must remember to check out where the sardines that I love to eat come from.

      So hands across the Pacific, John, as I join up with you in your boycott.

  2. IT looks like the descendants on the 1930s and 1940s those Norwegian Nazis, followers of Herr Quisling are keeping the movement alive. How strange it is that the Jews have done Norway no harm, However the ‘ faithful followers of the teachings of the prophet’, those practitioners of ‘The Religion Of Peace’ are causing major criminal and societal problems. They refuse to get jobs, learn the language of the host country, and are an economic burden. That’s not all these ungrateful ‘immigrants insult the host nation and absolutely refuse any attempt at assimilation, in essence they are Balkanizing the Scandinavian countries. As always when it comes to many Muslims it’s always their way or no way.

  3. What is it with these Norwegians? I seriously don’t understand why people are so obsessed (because that’s what it is) with Jews. What have they ever done to harm Norway? What is it with this lethal obsession?
    Ughh… I’m al for boycotting Norwegian products.

  4. The Norwegian narrative is simply that Israel and Jews are bad, that they have stolen land from Arabs and are ipso facto nothing therefore but thieves.

    This line is pushed by so-called academics in Norwegian universities who have conceded any claim to critical thinking with a commitment to the pursuit of truth based on dispassionate objective evaluation of the facts.

    Back of it all is this lamentable blind anti-semitism.

    Norway may have the highest standard of living in the world right now, but it is certain as night follows day that given its dysfunctional immigration policy it will not always be in this fortunate circumstance.

    Sometimes one is tempted to feel sorry for them in their blind stupidity.

  5. It’s like all other universities, full of commies, marxists and muzzies.
    Same crap you see in the USA and the rest of the world, the seats of “higher learning” are in most places controlled by marxists.
    And marxists hates jews because the jew and satanist Karl Marx hated the jews.

    That is also why they produce so many idiots, that’s all marxists can produce a bunch on non thinking retards.

  6. ” I have started to educate people about the behavior of the Norwegians and have asked them to boycott any Norwegian products in our stores.”

    That’s Anti-Norwegianism! We will respond by boycotting your products then.

    Unlike Israel, Norway is an ally of the United States and a founding member of NATO. It’s unlikely many Americans see any reason to boycott one of the closest allies of the US and the ancestral home of many Americans. You’re a bigot and an Anti-Norwegian.

  7. Well. Fortunately… or unfortunately (which ever side you belong to) the trend is moving the opposite way.

    There are the usual splatterings of “humanist” left wing politicians and the pseudo-intellectual critical mass of half-studied holier than thou degrees with opinions in Norway as in all of Europe… but things are turning around rapidly.

    Most of the “New right” in Europe is, if not fiercely pro-israel, then fircely anti arab. Crime rates amongst the arab and muslim immigrants are well above index 200. For some even index 7-900 in most of Europe and also in nations like Australia and New Zealand. The immigration and integration policy has failed. Amusingly only with people who have islam in their tradition. Thats no prejudice. Thats facts. Find any statistical body in Europe.

    We have Marine le Pen (granted… her heritage isnt the best but she is more anti arab than anti jew), Geert Wilders (fiercely pro jewish), Danish peoples party (ditto) Sann Finlanderne (Finland), Die Freiheit (germany) and a virtual plethora of other parties aside from the older parties that have now declared “multiculturalism” (thats PC for integrating arabs) dead. The political discourse throughout the political spectrum has moved toward the rhetoric of the “new right”. The old parties are afraid of loosing votes to the likes of Wilders, but havent formulated any working counterattack, so they now have policy that would 15 years ago have been labelled “stigmatizing” and/or “racist”.

    In the US you yourself have people like Allen West, who minces no words when it comes to the threat against Israel and the US.

    I would not fear the next 20 years if I were a jew. I would however if I was an arab.

  8. What is going on in Norway is a microcism of what is happening in the world at large. If you look at world events such as a bad economy, increases of unemployment, the usual radicalism, violence, evil, and murderous acts of the Arabs, and anti semitism of organizations such as the U.N. and European Union, these conditions are ripe for bigotry, intolerance, and hatred. What I do find tragic is that the world has forgotten the danger and horrors of what this mentality brings. As bad as the Holocaust was, it should have taught people to confront their problems in an objective way and to take responsibility for failures instead of blaming others who had nothing to do with whatever the issue is. The reality is peoples mindsets today are the same as always. Take a look at the middle east. Israel has done a remarkable job in transforming a pile of dirt into an open, democratic, modern country with freedom of the press and real elections. Not to mention many advances in fields like medicine, technology, and science. The world has benefited from these discoveries. On the other hand their Arab counterparts spend millions of dollars purchasing weapons so they can use them to kill innocent Israelies. Just about all of these countries are ruled by dictatorships. Education is thwarted at all levels for fear their citizens may figure out what their own government is doing to them. You would think it would be a clear cut decision as to who is doing what. But, in reality the world stands with murderers who have no scruples why, anti semitism. The Jewish people will do what they always have done, continue building a better world. Remember, the Spanish inquisition, pogroms, and holocaust have all come and gone and we are still here, this to will come to pass.

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