I've long been aware that Norway is one of the most anti-Semitic countries in Europe, but this is a rather unique bit of supremely ugly hypocrisy.
In an interview with the Israeli daily Maariv, Norway's ambassador to Israel Svein Sevje patiently explained that he wanted to "outline the similarity and the difference in the two cases."
Palestinians, the ambassador told Maariv, "are doing this because of a defined goal that is related to the Israeli occupation. There are elements of revenge against Israel and hatred of Israel. To this you can add the religious element to their actions."
"In the case of the terror attack in Norway, the murderer had an ideology that says that Norway, particularly the Labor Party, is forgoing Norwegian culture," Sevje said, referring to Anders Breivik.
"We Norwegians consider the occupation to be the cause of the terror against Israel," he said. "Those who believe this will not change their mind because of the attack in Oslo."
This came after Israel was one of the first countries to reach out to Norway after the attacks and offer its condolences and assistance.
Norway, by the way, actively engages with Hamas, an organization that openly preaches genocide against Jews worldwide, not just in Israel. And according to the Ambassador, Israel 'engaging' with Hamas is a necessity.
I'm sure Ambassador Sevje would not have spoken to the press unless his remarks had been cleared by his government. And in view of that, I think it's worth my mentioning something I had planned on letting go by, out of sympathy for the victims of the Oslo killings.
The fact is, the youth gathering on Utøya Island sponsored by the ruling Norwegian Labor had an anti-Semitic rally aimed at deligitimizing Israel as a major component.
The photo above was taken on the island was taken the day before the killings. It shows Norway's Foreign Minister, Jonas Gahr Store en route to address the Labor Party youth. And what did he have to say to them? That the Palestinians "must have their own state, the occupation must end, the wall must be demolished and it must happen now," said the Foreign Minister to cheers from the audience.
Yes, Norway's foreign minister wants Israel's defensive barrier destroyed, to make it easier for homicide bombers to kill Jews.
And it didn't end there. The main activity at the Utøya Island Meeting were mock "Break the Israel blockade" games. In one event , Palestinian aid boats would try to break the Israeli blockade, with whoever gets through first as the winner. The sign says "defeat the blockade" (opphev blokkaden - Gaza).
In fact, Norway's Labor Youth are noted for their vociferous anti-Israel activities, with the fond approval of their elders for the most part.
Glenn Beck may have been a little over the top, but he wasn't too far off in referring to the Utøya Island gathering as 'kind of like a Hitler Youth meeting."
Am I saying that the Labor Youth deserved to be shot down and murdered? Not at all. And based on his 'manifesto' the killer or killers had very little sympathy for Israel. Quite the reverse, in fact. But given that the victims of the Oslo killings and their government support groups that seek the genocide of Jews, let's just say I'm not overly consumed with sorrow for them.
When you negate someone else's humanity, you open up a door. And you have to live with what comes out of it.