April 25, 2013
Norway’s Last 819 Jews Are NOT Leaving the Country
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:
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.
For more information click here.
And yes, the photo is of a Norwegian Jew, from the web site of the "Jewish Journal" of Norway.