måndag, april 25, 2011

Bawer om den norska antisemitismen

Den amerikanske författaren Bruce Bawer
flyttade till Europa. Först bosatte han sig i
det "liberala" Holland, ett idealiskt land för
en liberal ateistisk homosexuell kan man
Men Bawer drevs därifrån av islamiseringen.
Då upptäckte han sitt nya ideal: Norge.
Idag varnar han för landet där kommunisterna
funnit islamismen och där antisemitismen tillåts
härja fritt och ohämmat....
Nu intervjuas han i Jerusalem Post.
What is contemporary Norwegian anti- Semitism?
What is propagating post-Holocaust hatred of Israel
and Jews in Norway?
It’s a phenomenon of a sort that I never encountered in
all my years in the US, and that I once thought had been
banished to the dustbin of history. It’s most virulent among
the cultural elite – the academics, intellectuals, writers,
journalists, politicians, and technocrats.
They’re overwhelmingly on the left, and intensely hostile
to the West, to capitalism, to the US and to Israel.
Before the fall of the USSR, an extraordinary percentage
of them were Communists. They have replaced their
affinity to the Soviet Union with sympathy for the great
totalitarian ideology of our time: Islamism.
Thus they romanticize Palestinians and despise Israel.

Part of the motivation for this anti-Semitism is the influx
into Norway in recent decades of masses of Muslims
from Pakistan, Iraq, Somalia and elsewhere.
Multiculturalism has taught Norway’s cultural elite to
take an uncritical, even obsequious, posture toward
every aspect of Muslim culture and belief.
When Muslim leaders rant against Israel and the Jews,
the reflexive response of the multiculturalist elite is
to join them in their rantings. This is called solidarity.

Norwegian history also plays a role in all this.
Anti-Semitism has a long, deeply-rooted history here.
This was never a cosmopolitan country – no nation in
Europe was less ethnically or religiously diverse.
On the contrary, Norway was a remote, rural, mountainous
land of pious Lutheran farmers whose early 19th-century
constitution banned Jews from its territory.

With a few notable exceptions, Norwegians did not
exactly cover themselves in glory during the Nazi
occupation. Unlike their counterparts in Denmark,
Norwegian gentiles made no major effort to protect
their Jewish neighbors. To be sure, in the decades
after the war, Norway was a staunch ally of the US
and Israel; but the entrenched leftwing elite did its
work through the schools, universities and media
– producing a generation of Norwegians for whom
being virtuous and intellectually sophisticated
means, among other things, embracing the Muslim
“victim,” and despising the Israeli “bully.”
On Oslo’s version of Fleet Street there is a bar, a
journalists’ hangout, called Stopp Pressen (Stop
the Presses).
For years, there hung in its window a photograph
of a smiling, beatific Yasser Arafat. From the way
he was portrayed, you’d have thought he was
Albert Schweizer. I walked by that picture almost
every day for years. It was a good reminder of
the sickness at the top ranks of this society.
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