There's an email going around with the headline, "Norway's last 819 jews are now leaving the country."
Bottom line: it's false.
The Jewish Journal has received multiple copies in the past month, with urgent requests to act. In fact, the rumor has been circulating for over a year. Meanwhile, here's what the Anti-Defamation League has to say about it:
Alarmist E-Mail Claims Norway is 'Judenrein'
November 6, 2012
An e-mail rumor, with a subject line "Europe again becoming 'Judenfrei' and soon 'Judenrein,'" claims that "the last 819 Jews still living in Norway are now leaving the country due to the rise of anti-Semitism."
The e-mail goes on to cite a litany of attacks by Muslims against Jewish communities in Norway and elsewhere in Europe, and warns that "history is repeating itself."
Much of the information in this e-mail message is alarmist and outright false.
ADL is in close contact with the leadership of the Norwegian Jewish community. The community has assured us there is absolutely no truth to the claim that all 819 Norwegian Jews have left. The Jewish population of Norway is approximately 1,700 and there has not been any significant emigration.
So: There has been no significant emigration of Jews from Norway, and the population is twice what the email claims is it. Meanwhile this email has been posted on numerous Jewish web sites, and pased around as fact.
There are anti-semitic undercurrents and actions in Norwegian society, and a study in 2010 found anti-semitism among the country's Muslim community. But the Jewish community there does not see these as representative of Norway as a whole, or as portending greater danger.
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And yes, the photo is of a Norwegian Jew, from the web site of the "Jewish Journal" of Norway.
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