Dershowitz in protest at ambassador’s remarks

Alan Dershowitz has spoken out in protest against remarks made in a recent interview by Norway’s ambassador to Israel that Hamas terrorism against Israel is more justified than the recent terrorist attack against Norway. At the conclusion of his article, Dershowitz writes:

Nothing good ever comes from terrorism, so don’t expect the Norwegians to learn any lessons from its own victimization. As the ambassador made clear in his benighted interview, “those of us who believe [the occupation to be the cause of the terror against Israel] will not change their minds because of the attack in Oslo.” In other words, they will persist in their bigoted view that Israel is the cause of the terrorism directed at it, and that if only Israel were to end the occupation (as it offered to do in 2000-2001 and again in 2007), the terrorism will end. Even Hamas, which Norway supports in many ways, has made clear that it will not end its terrorism as long as Israel continues to exist. Hamas believes that Israel’s very existence is the cause of the terrorism against it. That sounds a lot like the ranting of the man who engaged in the act of terrorism against Norway.

The time is long overdue for Norwegians to do some deep soul searching about their sordid history of complicity with all forms of bigotry ranging from the anti-Semitic Nazis to the anti-Semitic Hamas. There seems to be a common thread.

Update (August 5): The Jerusalem Post has published an op-ed piece by Norway’s deputy foreign minister in which he says the following:

The ambassador was incorrectly quoted by Ma’ariv. He did not compare the motivation behind different terrorist attacks; he simply tried to answer a question about whether the terrorist attacks in Norway would change perceptions of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict. He stated that many Norwegians see the conflict in Israel and the Palestinian territory in the context of the occupation and religious extremism, and that this view would probably not change after the events in Oslo and on Utoeya.

2 comments

  1. Sorry, but this is simply an example of really, awfully, lousy journalistic work. The ambassador was severely misquoted, and was not allowed to look at “the interview” before it was published. Its contents were absurd by any standards, and the ambassador has refuted any association with this interview. The journalist making the interview has almost totally fabricated its contents.

  2. Vilhelm, I take it that in the use of the phrase “lousy journalistic work” you are referring to the Maariv interview, and not to the FrontPage article by Alan Dershowitz.

    Can you provide a link or links showing that the ambassador was misquoted? In the general context of Norway’s official and public hostility to the state of Israel his remarks don’t seem unusual, but I for one am willing to believe that they were in some way misunderstood.

    David

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