In light of the current wave of anti-Semitism in Scandinavia, it may come as little surprise to many that “Jew hate” in Norway is at all time high, with new claims that the word “Jew” is being used as a curse in schools.
Irwin Cohen, the president of the Jewish community in Norway, reached out to reporters, making allegations reminiscent of the pre-second world war atmosphere in Europe, and warning that anti-Semitism is growing in the county.
According to Cohen, “Along with the well-known curses, ‘Jew’ has become a dirty word common in many schools,” he said.
Norway has had its fair share of anti-Semitic incidents over the years, like back in 2012 when Professor Johan Galtung, a Norwegian academic, went on an anti-Semitic rant linking mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik to the Mossad, while suggesting the Protocols of the Elders of Zion are what led to the Holocaust.
In that same year, marchers at a May Day Parade in Norway held banners proclaiming slogans such as “Israel = Apartheid” and “Boycott Israel!” which were not condemned by Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg at the time despite the offense the banners caused to the Norwegian Jewish community.
In April this year, a school and sports facility were sprayed with swastikas and racist slogans against Jews, while in September a swastika was carved into the glass doors of the Trøndelag Theater the day after the premiere of a Jewish puppet theater performance there.
Cohen spoke about the issues faced by Jews across Norway, saying, “There is a total of about 1300 Jews in Norway; 160 of them are Norwegian schoolchildren. And sometimes they need to hide their Jewishness. If you’re going to school with a large groups of Muslims, I do not think the first thing you should do is pick up your hand and tell them about your Jewish background. “
He continued, “The sad thing is that the [Norwegian] public still believe in stereotypes and the conspiracy theories that Jews have a great impact on the world financial markets and seek to take over the world. The strange thing about this strain of anti-Semitism is that it is over 2,000 years old, but never dies.”