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  • Norway passes act that enshrines brit milah

    June 27, 2014 | 9:04 am

    The leader of Norway’s Jewish community praised his country’s parliament for passing an act enshrining ritual circumcision for boys.

    “The act changes the paradigm of the debate about ritual circumcision in Norway in a very positive way and is therefore very significant,” Ervin...

  • Judaism in Norway: The longest Shabbat

    By Ryan E. Smith

    February 6, 2014 | 11:31 am

    Every summer, Nikolaj Kahn faces a major Jewish problem.

    “It never gets dark,” Kahn said during a walkthrough of the Jewish Museum in Trondheim, Norway, located about 200 miles south of the Arctic Circle. “We get desperate calls from the cruise ships asking when Shabbat starts....

  • Norway’s Last 819 Jews Are NOT Leaving the Country

    By JewishJournal.com

    April 25, 2013 | 4:47 pm

    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...

  • Foreigners still caught in Sahara hostage crisis

    January 18, 2013 | 11:20 am

    More than 20 foreigners were still either being held hostage or missing inside a gas plant on Friday after Algerian forces stormed the desert complex to free hundreds of captives taken by Islamist militants.

    More than a day after the Algerian army launched an assault to seize the...

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  • Norwegian youth leader seen encouraging anti-Semitic speech

    November 26, 2012 | 2:09 pm

    Aspiring Norwegian politician Khalid Haji Ahmed said he was only joking when he wished “best of luck eight times over” to activists who wrote on Facebook that they wished Adolf Hitler could kill more Jews.

    Screen shots made by Hamar Arbeiderblad, a local newspaper, show Ahmed...

  • Norwegian Police apologize for deporting Jews to Auschwitz

    November 26, 2012 | 9:23 am

    The Norwegian Police for the first time have apologized for rounding up Jews and sending them to their deaths during the Holocaust.

    “On behalf of the Norwegian police and those involved in the deportation of Norwegian Jews to concentration camps, I wish to express regret,”...

  • Report: Anti-Israel attitudes fueling anti-Semitism in Norway

    October 22, 2012 | 11:42 am

    Anti-Israel attitudes in Norway may be fueling anti-Semitism there, the international security organization OSCE warned.

    The warning came in a report on Norway compiled by members of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, the daily Aftenposten reported, adding...

  • Swedish flotilla ship heading for Gaza sails from Italy

    October 8, 2012 | 9:57 am

    A Swedish ship carrying human rights activists attempting to break Israel's naval blockade of Gaza left from Italy.

    The Estelle, carrying 17 activists from countries including Canada, Norway, Sweden, Israel  and the United States, sailed from the port at Naples on Saturday. The...

  • Norwegian official: Jews, Muslims should replace circumcision with ‘symbolic’ ritual

    August 6, 2012 | 10:49 am

    Norway’s ombudsman for children’s rights has proposed that Jews and Muslim replace male circumcision with a symbolic, nonsurgical ritual.

    Dr. Anne Lindboe told the newspaper Vart Land last month that circumcision in boys was a violation of a person’s right to decide over his own...

  • Norwegian gov’t coalition partner seeking to outlaw circumcision

    June 25, 2012 | 2:46 pm

    A Norwegian political party said it will seek to outlaw circumcision in Norway.

    “Circumcision on religious grounds should be a criminal offense,” Jenny Klinge, a spokesperson for Norway’s Centre Party, said in an interview earlier this month with the newspaper Dagbladet.

    ...
  • Anti-Semitism limited in Norway, survey shows

    June 13, 2012 | 1:04 pm

    More than a third of Norwegians believe that Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians is similar to how Nazis treated Jews, according to a survey of attitudes toward Jews in Norway.

    The recent survey found that 38 percent of Norwegians feel that way about Israel’s treatment of the...

  • Opinion: The Norway massacre and the anti-Zionist smear

    August 9, 2011 | 12:20 pm

    In the aftermath of Anders Breivik’s terrorist rampage in Norway, a “blame the Jews” theme has emerged: assertions that Breivik was driven by fanatical devotion to Israel. Mostly, complaints about the media’s failure to identify Breivik as a Zionist zealot have been confined to...

  • After Norway and before 9/11 anniversary, U.S. answers questions about homegrown threats

    August 9, 2011 | 11:37 am

    With the Norway attacks fresh in mind and the 10-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks fast approaching, are U.S. authorities paying attention to the right kinds of threats?

    The fear is that with polarization intensifying in America, extremists might mark the 10th anniversary of...

  • Letters to the Editor: Norway, Jacob Dayan, Redistricting

    August 2, 2011 | 6:07 pm

    Christian Hate Claims Jewish Roots

    While Rob Eshman makes an important and necessary argument in his editorial, he misses a serious point (“Web of Evil,” July 29). Fundamentalist, right-wing Christian extremists can claim brotherhood with Zionist Jews because their perception...

  • Joshua Holo: Norway and multiculturalism

    August 2, 2011 | 6:05 pm

    In a recent New York Times article, Scott Shane describes how the violence in Norway emerged from a distinct rhetorical and ideological context, and perhaps the left appropriately will admonish the right for the vitriol of its tirades against multiculturalism. If so, however, it is...

  • Security experts: To prevent extremist violence, look at behavior, not ideology

    August 1, 2011 | 11:01 am

    Focus on behaviors common to all extremists: That’s the advice security experts are offering in the wake of the recent attacks in Norway by a perpetrator who appeared to be anti-Muslim rather than an Islamist.

    In the United States, the attacks in Oslo and on the island of Utoya are...

  • German interior minister warns of threat of far-right violence

    July 28, 2011 | 11:16 am

    In the wake of the recent bombing and massacre in Norway, Germany’s interior minister warned that there are far-right groups in his country that could commit violent attacks.

    In an interview published Wednesday in the Rheinische Post, Hans-Peter Friedrich noted that while the number...

  • Breivik, the anti-Zionist

    July 27, 2011 | 11:09 am

    “2083: A European Declaration of Independence” – the manifesto of the Oslo bomber Anders Behring Breivik – is a baggy 1,500-page document, made up in large part of other people’s essays on the Islamic threat to Europe. It can be ascertained from it that his ideology centres...

  • When murdering children becomes everyday news

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    July 27, 2011 | 10:03 am

    A funny thing happened to me as I surveyed all the tragedies that have filled our newspapers over the past few weeks. I discovered that I was slowly becoming inured to the murder of children and the loss of human life.

    From the freeing of Casey Anthony who partied while her daughter...

  • Norway tragedy: A new twist on hate

    By Rob Eshman

    July 26, 2011 | 7:00 pm

    In 1980, for the umpteenth time, someone asked the Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal whether “it could happen again” — “it” being the Holocaust.

    “You take hatred and technology and you add in a crisis, and anything can happen,” Wiesenthal replied.

    Last week, something...

  • As Norway’s Jews mourn, concern about muting of pro-Israel voices

    July 26, 2011 | 2:39 pm

    Norway has just 1,500 Jews, but to hear Avi Ring tell it, the country is reacting to last Friday’s bombing of a government office building and massacre at a political summer camp in a traditionally Jewish way.

    “As soon as people speak about it, they start to cry,” said Ring, a...

  • Norway attacks spotlight far-right outreach to Jews, Israel

    July 26, 2011 | 2:37 pm

    For decades after World War II, far-right political movements in Europe stirred up for Jews images of skinheads and Nazi storm troopers marching across the continent.

    But in recent years, as European xenophobia has focused on the exploding growth of Muslims on the continent,...

  • Envoy compares terror in Israel, Norway

    July 26, 2011 | 10:11 am

    Norway’s ambassador to Israel drew distinctions between the Oslo and Utoeya massacres and Palestinian terrorism.

    Svein Sevje said in an Israeli newspaper interview Tuesday that while the Norwergian bomb and gun rampages that killed 76 people and Palestinian attacks should both be...

  • Beck likens Norway victims to Hitler Youth [AUDIO]

    July 25, 2011 | 3:01 pm

    Talk-show host Glenn Beck on his radio show likened the victims of the shooting at a Norwegian summer camp to young members of the Nazi Party.

    In the seven-minute segment Monday morning, Beck described the attack “as a shooting at a political camp, which sounds a little like the...

  • Norway massacre suspect pleads not guilty in court

    July 25, 2011 | 12:51 pm

    The man who has confessed to carrying out a bombing and shooting spree that left 76 people dead in Norway will be held for at least eight weeks, half of that in complete isolation, after a closed hearing in which he said his terror network had two other cells.

    Anders Behring Breivik...

  • Norway killer espoused right-wing philosophy

    July 24, 2011 | 7:13 pm

    The confessed perpetrator in the attack in Norway that killed at least 76 people espoused a right-wing philosophy against Islam that also purports to be pro-Zionist.

    Anders Behring Breivik is charged with detonating a car bomb outside Oslo’s government headquarters, which houses...

  • At least 87 dead in double Norway terror attack

    July 23, 2011 | 1:27 am

    A gunman dressed in police uniform opened fire at a youth camp of Norway’s ruling political party on Friday, killing at least 80 people, hours after a bomb killed seven in the government district in the capital Oslo.

    Witnesses said the gunman, identified by police as a 32-year-old...

  • Norway’s Jews oppose circumcision law amendment

    May 5, 2011 | 10:37 am

    The umbrella organization for Jews in Norway is opposing a proposed amendment that would ban ritual circumcision on boys younger than 15.

    The Mosaic Religious Community, the umbrella for Norway’s Jewish community and Jewish organizations, has sent a letter to Norwegian Foreign...

  • Better late than never, Theodor Herzl, children reunited in death; Ex-N.J. Governor McGreevey’s Isra

    September 28, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Theodor Herzl, Children Reunited in Death
     
    Two of Theodor Herzl's children were reinterred in Jerusalem after decades of debate. Hans and Pauline Herzl, who died in 1930 and were buried in France, were laid to final rest alongside the Zionist visionary at the cemetery that carries...
  • Norway to Pay Shoah Victims

    May 6, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Norway has begun accepting applications for the approximately $60 million fund it created in March for Jewish victims of the Holocaust. Applicants will be eligible for as much as $25,500. Further information is available from: The Ministry of Justice, Civil Department, P.O. Box 8005...

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