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2010 One hundred famous Norwegians call for cultural and academic boycott of Israel

2010 One hundred famous Norwegians call for cultural and academic boycott of Israel

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One hundred famous Norwegians call for culturaland academic boycott of Israel
ByEIP• on November 24, 2010 • Filed under:Antisemitism,Europe  By
Cnaan Liphshiz
 European Jewish PressNovember 24, 2010
A Norwegian ex-premier denounced their boycott call.Egil Drillo Olsen, coach for the national Norwegian football team, recentlywrote in Aftenposten, the country’s second largest paper, that the call toboycott Israel was “in line with what 90 percent of the world’s populationbelieves. There cannot be many other opinions.” The petition is the last item in a string of similar and high-profile initiativesto have taken place in Norway over the past two years. It was signed bycoach Olsen and 99 other public figures from the arts and culture, whostated that a boycott is “necessary” not only to help Palestinians, but alsoto “support Israelis opposing the occupation.” Norwegian former Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik called the boycottcall “unhelpful” and “not representative” of the current government’spolicy.Bondevik, who presided over the Norwegian government for seven yearsover the period 1997 until 2005 on behalf of the Christian DemocraticParty, added he wished to “reassure” Israelis that “boycott is not an issuein Norway.” But Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld, a senior researcher of anti-Semitism andanti-Zionist trends in Scandinavia, alleges Norway is a “pioneer” in theWestern world promoting boycotts and hatred against Israel.Gerstenfeld, Chairman of the Steering Committee of the Jerusalem Centerfor Public Affairs, notes some “uniquely Norwegian developmentsunparalleled elsewhere in the West.” 

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