Skip to comments.Bad News from our Friends in Norway.
Posted on 04/10/2002 12:39:22 PM PDT by white trash redneck
ANTI-SEMITISM WATCH:Norway's parliament wouldn't let a visitor wear a Star of David on his jacket out of solidarity with Israelis under siege. Bruce Bawer has the details:
Dagbladet reporter Cato Vogt-Kielland writes that "Tveitt went into the Parliament building dressed in a thin summer jacket with the Star of David on the chest pocket. But after he had talked in the Parliament restaurant with Parliament members from the Progress, Conservative, and Labor parties, he was sought out by two security guards who asked him to come with them 'because they had received reactions' to Tveitts flag symbol. 'I asked who had reacted, and what they had reacted to, but got no answer,' said Tveitt. 'I didnt think that showing solidarity with Israel would create reactions in Parliament especially not in Parliament.' The two guards escorted him to the wardrobe. After he had hung up his jacket, they followed him back to his table. As Tveitt points out, "People walk around [in Parliament] with Palestinian scarves and other pro-Palestinian symbols without any reaction."If you can read Norwegian, here's the original story. This from the same country that gives out Nobel prizes, in which some judges claim they now regret giving Shimon Peres such a prize. They have no regrets, as Bruce points out, about giving one to Arafat. Figures.
Side note: Hanna Kvanmo, recently famous in the blog world for her asinine comment that she wished the Nobel committee could recall the Peace prize it gave to Shimon Peres of Israel (but not the one they gave to Arafat, a terrorist!), joined the German Red Cross at the eastern front during World War II, and stayed there until the end of the war. For this, she was sentenced to 5 years imprisonment. Then she joined the Socialist Left party, and became a major political figure in Norway, consistently serving "gems" such as the one mentioned above...
Recently a lot of weblogs have been outraged over comments made by Norwegian Hanna Kvanmo who sits on the Nobel Peace Prize committee. Kvanmo expressed regrets that the committee had awarded Israel's Shimon Peres the award -- but, of course, she apparently thinks Yasser Arafat has done a standup job of upholding the prize's values.
Fredrik Norman fills in the rest. Ms. Kvanmo's position is a bit easier to understand in light of her activities during World War II.
On April 9, 1940, Nazi Germany invaded Norway and conquered it in about two months. Kvanmo was one of about 1,000 young Norwegian women who joined the German Red Cross and went to work on the eastern front taking care of Nazi soldiers.
While the Nazis were rampaging across Europe, leaving death and destruction in their wake, Kvanmo chose to spend the war helping to treat war criminals (among other things, Kvanmo and others treated the wounds of members of the SS).
At the end of the war, many of these nurses were returned to Norway where they were sentenced to varying terms of prison for aiding the enemy.
Leave it to a woman who aided the Nazi war effort to lecture the rest of the world about peace.
I can imagine: "Yumping Yiminy, vee don't like deese Yoos!"
Properly sharpened and in the hands of a well-trained ninja, it can also be a deadly weapon...
I have travelled quite often to Sweden for work, and have noted anti-Semitism is rather common there. Normally, I have found Norway to be ethically/morally more sensible than Sweden, but I guess the Norwegians have the same problem in this case.
Was it a Star of David, or an Israeli flag patch?
Not that it makes any difference. But I'm just finding it funny that no one is "provoked" by the flag of Norway. Doesn't it have a cross on it?
Do you have "products"?
You're right. I never could have imagined that Democrats would spit at an honor guard of Boy Scouts, but it happened.
The picture of the young man on the Dagbladet site shows him wearing a (not wholly accurate) reproduction of the Israeli flag, although the picture identifies it as "jodestjernen"--"the Jewish star."
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