Saturday, November 13, 2004
This evening in Oslo there was a march commemorating Kristallnacht. According to TV2 News, no Norwegian Jews were present. The authorities, saying that they did not want any trouble, forbade any Jewish symbols, including Stars of David and Israeli flags. On the TV2 evening news, a group of Jews and their friends who wanted to take part in the commemoration were shown being firmly told by a policeman to "please leave the area." This in a city where Muslim demonstrations take place on a regular basis, and include signs and banners bearing hateful, barbaric slogans.
It also got the attention of the Simon Wiesenthal Center:
Rabbi Cooper continued, "Mr. Ambassador, the Simon Wiesenthal Center protests in the strongest terms possible this outrageous, hypocritical and ominous development. Can one even imagine a commemoration of a solemn anniversary of the Shoah that itself is Judenrein?"
“As the largest human rights NGO devoted to the memory and the lessons of the Nazi Holocaust, I can only urge Norwegians not to bother to shed tears for dead Jews if they show no respect for live Jews," Cooper concluded.
I seem to remember that supermarket chain in Norway that wanted to specially identify Israeli products, and more than a few cynical commentators wondered if they would choose a yellow star. These guys really learned their lessons from Quisling and the other collaborators.
One more comment on the subject, did Rabbi Cooper have to use the "protests in the strongest terms" terminology, the favored words of the Turtle Bay cesspool? Occasionally there is use for undiplomatic language. The Arabs use it all the time.