Anti-Semitic cartoons are feautured in the mainstream newspapers. In the Norway’s largest newspaper Dagbladet, the former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert appeared as the leader of a Nazi death camp. Recently, another drawing was published by Dagbladet. Cartoonist Finn Graff depicted Palestinian prisoners being released for Gilad Shalit into another “prison” – Gaza, and inserted the Buchenwald insignia: “Jedem das Seine” (to each what he deserves).
How it is possible that a country that calls itself “the peace nation,” the country of Ibsen, Munch, Nobel and Grieg, has become the sanctuary of anti-Israel hatred? Norway, the beautiful landscape and blond-and-white scenario of one of the richest countries in the world per capita, declared war on Zionism. This calm, liberal, peace-loving country of magnificent scenery, welfare state and smorgasbord, is in the top rank of nations in the number of books printed per capita and it is dedicated to encouraging democracy, responding to climate change and protecting human rights. But not the human rights of the Israeli citizens.
In Scandinavia, liberal anti-Semites demonize Jewish nationalists, Jewish settlers and Jewish soldiers in place of Jewish usurers, Jewish capitalists, and Jewish communists. If in the past anti-Semites were uncultured and muscled, in Scandinavia they are flamboyant and ephebic.
Scandinavia’s anti-Semites are denationalized and secularized, wishing mankind to “cast away the yoke of national prejudices” (Rousseau). They cast Zionism as a cause of anti-Semitism, not as a response to it. They see the bombing of a synagogue in Stockholm and Oslo as a reprisal for an incursion into Gaza.
They play the “Hitler card.” They call the Israelis, Nazis. They see the Jewish State as seizing a Lebensraum for itself. They depict the Jews not as avaricious or dishonest like in the past, but as militarists and exclusivists.
Their worldview, which nurtures anti-Israel hatred, is collectivist, internationalist, universalist and third-worldist. They see “Islamophobia” as the worst racism, while Judaism attracts their arrogant censure as savage, fanatical and ferocious. They are atheists, but they are ready to ally with theocrats of all kinds.
Their phony progressive tolerance degenerates in sardonic contempt when it deals with Israel. Their cosmopolitanism cultivates the fantasy of somehow removing Israel and its people. They thrill to conspiracy fantasies, blood libels, and Holocaust perversion. Like Iran’s Ahmadinejad, they would wipe Israel off the map by their inks and papers.
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