anti-semitism in Norway Manfred Gerstenfeld Norway



I have run into this here in Finland as well, demonizing Jews and Israel, by Finland’s Richard Järnefelt, a Guiness world record holder (and Finnish politicians as well, like the current FM, Erkki Tuomioja). Here is a post I did on the original Norwegian report.

“The EU definition of modern anti- Semitism cited by Gerstenfeld has broader language to capture hatred of Israel and secondary anti-Semitism in Europe (post-Holocaust). This definition largely embraces the “3-D” test developed by Jewish Agency chairman Natan Sharansky, which states that those who demonize, delegitimize and apply double standards to Israel meet the criteria of contemporary anti-Semitism.”

Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld, chairman of the Board of Fellows at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, told The Jerusalem Post that “if the new report had used the common European definition of anti-Semitism its conclusion would have been that 38 percent of Norway’s population have anti-Semitic views with respect to Israel. A study last year came to the shocking finding that one third of Jewish students in Oslo schools are harassed verbally or physically at least two to three times per month.”

Though Norway is not a member of the 26-nation EU, it tends to follow a EU course on policy issues.

Dr. Gerstenfeld, who authored an authoritative book on Norwegian Jew-hatred, Anti-Semitism in Norway: Behind the Humanitarian Mask, in 2010, added that “some Jewish students say that they know of no Jewish student in Norway who has not been harassed. According to the European definition several Norwegian cabinet members are anti-Semites.”

Gerstenfeld said that he detailed the bias of many Norwegian politicians against Jews in a Norwegian paper article.

The Norwegian study, “Anti-Semitism in Norway,” was published in May by the Oslo Center for Studies of Holocaust and Religious Minorities and gained traction in the European press in June and July.

According to the results of the Oslo Center study, 8% of Norwegians do not want Jews as friends or neighbors.

More here.

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