Israeli Complaint against Norwegian Cartoon

Israel's ambassador to Norway, Miryam Shomrat, has filed a complaint at PFU against the cartoon in Dagbladet about Ehud Olmert. She also said she was «disappointed» in the Norwegian government because it has neglected to react against the assault of a jew by some Arabs a while ago. Meanwhile, the bishop of Oslo has urged the government to officially condemn what happened.

PFU (Pressens Faglige Utvalg) is the body in Norway where everybody can file complaints against press articles. Israel's ambassador has now filed a complaint against the cartoon that appeared in Dagbladet comparing Israel's treatment of the Palestinians with the Holocaust against the Jews during World War II. According to her, the cartoon shows a lack of historical knowledge about the Holocaust, which she finds totally unacceptable. Lars Helle, the editor in charge of the newspaper, is rather confident about the case, and says the cartoon clearly is within the borders of the freedom of expression.

This case bears some clear resemblances to the case of the Danish Muhammad cartoons, but there are some striking differences too. First of all, Israel's ambassador filed a complaint at PFU, thus following the correct procedure. She hasn't asked for an intervention from the Norwegian government, nor demanded a meeting with the Prime Minister. Lars Helle and Finn Graff can enjoy the warm summer weather without needing to fear for their lives or their security, or that of their family. Furthermore, it is unlikely that a Norwegian embassy will be attacked or burnt down any time soon because of the cartoon. Consequently it is my impression that the Israeli ambassador is an offended, but otherwise civilized person. That does not mean that I think she is right about filing a complaint: regardless of one's opinion about the cartoon, it would be unacceptable if every cartoonist should have to check and ask the approval of every embassy involved whenever he wants to draw a cartoon about an international event. Moreover, the Israeli ambassador is attaching much more importance than necessary to Finn Graff, particularly considering his comments less than a year ago about the Mohammad cartoons.

In a somewhat related event, the ambassador said in an Internet conversation with the readers of the Norwegian newspaper Vårt Land that she was «disappointed» because the government hasn't made any official comment on the assault against a Jew in the streets of Oslo not so long ago. It has, however, already more than once expressed concerns about the military actions of Israel in Lebanon. In the Internet conversation she received much support from the readers of Vårt Land, for which she was very grateful. A couple of days later Ole Christian Kvarme, the (conservative) Lutheran bishop of Oslo, followed up, saying that he too is disappointed about the lack of reaction from the Norwegian government. He added that the ambassador's call should be completely unnecessary in a country like Norway. According to him, the assault was an anti-Semitic act and totally unacceptable.

The Christian-democrat Ingebrigt S. Sørfonn (Krf), president of «Friends of Israel» in the Norwegian parliament Stortinget agrees that the Norwegian government should react officially. He asks the government to contact the representatives of the Jewish community in order to discuss the situation. He also said the media and the political parties bear a lot of responsibility because of their repeated calls for a boycott of Israel during the past months and years, and points in particular to the local groups of the Socialist Left Party (SV) in South Trøndelag and Bergen. The president of SV in Hordaland, Jørgen Melve, disagrees, and says Sørfonn is talking nonsense when he tries to blend anti-Semitism with opinions about the state of Israel and its behavior in one and the same discussion.

Morten Høglund of the Progress Party (Frp), also a member of «Friends of Israel», criticized the position of SV and the Labor Party (Ap) too. He accuses the two parties of speaking with two tongues: one in the government on a national level, and one on a local level in the provincial councils, saying that it contributes to the confusion about the two parties' real opinions about the matter. He also accuses them of being biased against Israel since they have never called for a boycott of Syria or Iran.

Israel strike kills 21 Children during their sleeping today

This is a new massacre by the zionist terrorist organization which occupy Palastine "Israel" may be it can touch the humanity inside Paul Belien  and his fellows if he still have humanity.

to european muslim

nobody likes, nobody enjoys, nobody takes pleasure, least not those who matter, in the death of innocent people kids women children. thats why its war. the moral equivalency... I.E. , WEEKS of warning.. (for Christ's sake the whole damn COUNTRY has been WARNED, WTF u think every democratic nation with a dollar to spend was evacuating its students, personel future plaintiffs, and other extrmely wealthy (Lebanese-American in this sarcastic example) quasi-islamic/ but unified under the unbrella of blaming israel)


... AS OPPOSED TO INDISCRIMINITE kindappings murders rocket sniper grenade/various demolition/suicide attacks/etc//// ...and the UGLY regretteble results of war lay NOT on the doorstep of Israel who has been backed into a corner and has virtually zero allies aside from the USA (which will abandon them when the sun has burned out of the sky and not before)... but the european bias/TOTAL ignorance against Israel is a testament to how little heed this action (one that was a result of finally too much from Hezbollah and this psychopathic islamic approach of murder/indoctrination/propaganda/intimidation). Enough was enough and lets hope there is Sympathy in the heart of the redeemer. When Hezbollah and the ENTIRE/ supposed democratic/yay-were moderate nation of lebanon comes to terms with the FACT that the war on terror INCLUDES Israel (their security) and the removal of Hezbollah (and their 10k brainwashed total sole purpose to employ the (misinterpreted? LOL) preachings of the quran and eternal vow swearing the goal of destruction to israel/among even more delusional/self destructive beliefs). We got Israels back... even tho most the rest of the world doesnt ... (which they should be ASHAMED/ too arrogant to look at the mirror/too busy calling America arrogant)... and like i said before... its beyond approval.. theyve been pushed too far... where is the 'world opinion' now when 4 nations face complete chaos and the kind of violence that would turn kofi WHITE with fear (no prejudice intended) ALL perpertated by (guess what? ) ISLAM. the balls in motion and its no time now to play choirgirl

re: israel strike kills 21 children

First you throw grenades at Israel. Do you really expect the Israelis to throw back roses? If Hezbollah starts war they have to bare the full consequences. The killing of 21 children is the direct consequence of the totally irresponsible behavior of Hezbollah. If you shell Israel, kidnap Israelis, you get bombs in return. You know that, so stop the hypocritical whining. You are making yourself and the Muslim population ridiculous with your childish behavior.

If you want to act as an adult, you take responsibility of your own actions AND the reactions of others to your behavior.

You Pathetic Whining Barbarian

Get out of Europe now "European Muslim." Your kind has already revealed its true nature. You are not wanted or welcome here. You were invited here by feminists and Marxists, not by the people.

Did you show any pity or remorse when the heads of helpless Christians and Buddhists (including an old man and a young Japanese innocent) were being cut off, slowly, by short knives wielded by Muslims?

We are all tired of Muslims' constant whining references to massacres. Stop breeding like rabbits, then there would be less of you getting in the way of violent conflict - conflicts that your so-called "faith" has instigated right across this world.

Reject your allegiance to the murderer and fraud "prophet" Mohammed now, and become an Apostate, before it is too late for you.

Your game of deceit is over. It's finished. Now you shall take the consequences.

Israel,censorship and Stateterrorisme

In this case is not about ridiculing Israelis religion ......or is it? Israels Ambassadør in Norway,Ms.Shomrat,in an interview with BBC have said that it's exactly that,blasphemy,because of Holocaust!!!!

When it comes to a more civilized way to go about,supressing free speech,in many European country today it is forbidden for revisionist historian(and other) to speek,or write,if you dissagree on some aspect on The Holocaust and the WWII.

Maybe you think this is come about without strong Jewish/Israel lobbying?

My last point is that Israel is guilty of warcrimes in Gaza and Lebanon.

It's very dissapointing to see that The Brussel Journal isn't protesting against the Trials against Mr.Irving earlier and now Mr.Zundel and Mr.Rudolf.Shame on you.

That said,Mr.Belien;I feel for you and hope and pry that you win against the tyrrany of the State.But I must say that I see some similarity with thee aformentioned.


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hezzbollahs misguided reputation ...

do you even know why israel was in lebanon in the first place? was it to puchase a small basket of baked cookies from the shia-shack bake sale ?

guilty of war crimes according to who >? (almost comical to think what wouold be attempted by those who try to draw this 'moral equivalency' if we had joined the ICC, not to mention what was attempted and FAILED against our retired general franks)

I am so tired of "protected"

I am so tired of "protected" minority groups.  Free speech is free speech.  If they had been lampooning a christian or even a muslim leader nobody would have raised and eyebrow.


It seems to me that a complaint by the Israeli ambassador is reasonable, if only to draw attention to the double standard.  Apparently, judging from the response, the act of rioting in the street somehow carries more MORAL weight than a lawful procedural complaint.  I guess if anyone wants anything changed, they have to riot.