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This week in power: BDS reaction and Norway comedy

by Danny Groner

February 19, 2014 | 7:42 pm

A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

Netanyahu statement
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the founders of the BDS movement “classical anti-Semites in modern garb," according to reports. He made the comments on the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement at an event on Monday night. “In the past, anti-Semites boycotted Jewish businesses and today they call for the boycott of the Jewish state. And by the way, only the Jewish state,” he said. “Now don’t take my word for it. The founders of the BDS movement make their goals perfectly clear. They want to see the end of the Jewish state. They’re quite explicit about it," he said.

Others responded. "BDS is not anti-Semitic, nonetheless it is guilty of gaining momentum in the US and posing a serious challenge to Israel’s territorial claims that extend to the West Bank, Gaza and desire perpetual control of Palestinian resources, air, water, land and sea," wrote David Schwartzman and Mai Abdul Rahman at Mondoweiss. "Holding a different political opinion than that held by a group of people who happen to be Jewish is not by definition an expression of Jew-hatred," said Emily L. Hauser at The Jewish Daily Forward.

Comedy too far?
Norway's public television aired a sketch over the weekend that "satirized the banning of Jews by the county’s first constitution," reported JTA. The clause, which banned Jews from entering Norway, was part of the constitution in 1814 before it was lifted in 1851. The sketch imagined how this clause took effect, with comedians acting as Norway's founding fathers. "It is shocking and embarrassing to create humour from this clause which shut the Jews out of our country!” Dagrun Eriksen, deputy chairman of the Christian Democratic Party, said.

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Danny Groner is a contributing writer to the Jewish Journal. He has worked in journalism since he was a teenager, starting off as an intern for a local publication. During his...

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