Eretz Israel is our unforgettable historic homeland...The Jews who will it shall achieve their State...And whatever we attempt there for our own benefit will redound mightily and beneficially to the good of all mankind. (Theodor Herzl, DerJudenstaat, 1896)

We offer peace and amity to all the neighbouring states and their peoples, and invite them to cooperate with the independent Jewish nation for the common good of all. The State of Israel is ready to contribute its full share to the peaceful progress and development of the Middle East.
(From Proclamation of the State of Israel, 5 Iyar 5708; 14 May 1948)

With a liberal democratic political system operating under the rule of law, a flourishing market economy producing technological innovation to the benefit of the wider world, and a population as educated and cultured as anywhere in Europe or North America, Israel is a normal Western country with a right to be treated as such in the community of nations.... For the global jihad, Israel may be the first objective. But it will not be the last. (Friends of Israel Initiative)

Sunday 24 July 2011

Al Beeb, Norway's Foreign Minister, and Israel

On that inestimable website Biased BBC, one of the regular bloggers, David Vance, draws attention to the fervour with which Al Beeb has seized on the fact that the perpetrator of the horrific atrocities in Norway yesterday is not an Islamist but a "tall blond man".

Although the motives for the outrage that has left close to 100 people dead, most of them teenagers attending a summer camp run by the ruling socialist party, are not clear, Al Beeb has in evangelical style been saturating us with the information that the man arrested holds extreme rightwing "anti-Muslim" views and seems to be a "fundamentalist Christian".

It seems that on Thursday, Norway's Foreign Minister, Jonas Gahr Store, visited the Labour Youth League summer camp on the island of Utoya, the scene of most of Friday's tragic carnage, and was met with demands that Norway boycott Israel and recognise a Palestinian state at the United Nations in September.

Eskil Pedersen, leader of the Labour Youth League (who, incidentally, has appeared on television today telling a press conference of the terrible events of yesterday) explained that members of his organisation
"want a unilateral economic embargo of Israel from the Norwegian side.
 Labour Youth will have a more activist Middle East policy and we have to recognize Palestine. ... [N]ow we have to get the peace process into a new track, said Pedersen.
The foreign minister admitted that the situation is untenable, but believes that the boycott is the wrong tool..."
Although baulking at a boycott, the Foreign Minister declared to cheers:
"The Palestinians must have their own state, the occupation must end, the wall must be demolished and it must happen now".
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Ironic, then, that, during an interview in Oslo today, Jonas Gahr Store - vowing that Friday's atrocity  will not undermine Norwegians' commitment to their "open society" - agreed with a suggestion from Al Beeb reporter Jon Sopel that there must be "physical barriers to protect democracy" as well as "symbolic barriers".

I don't pretend to know what Sopel had in mind by this phrase, but Israel's security barrier - the "Wall" excoriated by Norway's Foreign Minister, and commented on adversely by Al Beeb itself - immediaately sprang to mind.

But then, as websites such as Tundra Tabloids and the Vlad Tepes blog demonstrate, Norway is a country increasingly toxic to Israel and to Jews, and indeed is beset by social problems - including a series of sexual assaults on young women - emanating from disaffected and unassimilated immigrant sources.


  1. The evidence, so far, for the perpetrator being a "fundamentalist Christian" is that he posted on a few websites. The fact that Neo-Nazi groups like to pose as Christian and as defenders of Christianity, in order to recruit the gullible, seems to have escaped them. But then it suits their agenda to believe that Christians perpetrate violence against peace-loving religionists in Iran, Egypt, Somalia, Indonesia etc.etc.

  2. Call me cynical but I'm expecting that warped BBC and her sister Al Jazeera will soon find a Jewish mother/grandmother somewhere in this murderous single madman's background, so they can "blame" the Jews/Israel. Blaming his fundamental Christianity and neo-Nazism, even gleefully as they seem to do it, is probably, in their eyes, only 2nd price.

    PS: Daphne, I'm just venting, angrily, so you are most welcome to not publish this.

  3. NadePaulKuciGravMcKi24 July 2011 at 15:37

    Murdoch Empire calls Norway antisemitic

    Reuters picture now worth a thousand words
    Pro Palestinian Rally at Norway Youth Camp the Day Before Massacre
    Jonas Gahr Støre: Okkupasjonen må opphøre, muren må rives og det må skje nå

  4. Thanks for the comments, Ian, Rita, ans Nade.
    Al Beeb is having a field day with the fact that Anders Breivik is "horribly Islamophobic".

  5. Meanwhile, the wretched Mondoweiss has this:


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