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July 27, 2011

Norwegian victims ‘got what they deserved,’ say some Israeli commenters

by Philip Weiss on July 26, 2011

Remember when they kept saying that some Palestinians cheered the 9/11 attacks? Well, JJ Goldberg has a thorough report in the Forward on nasty sentiment throughout Hebrew websites in Israel, Israelis saying Norway got what it deserved because of its pro-Palestinian positions. This is true self-isolation.  Excerpt:

And I do mean nasty: Judging by the comments sections on the main Hebrew websites, the main questions under debate seem to be whether Norwegians deserve any sympathy from Israelis given the country’s pro-Palestinian policies, whether the killer deserves any sympathy given his self-declared intention of fighting Islamic extremism and, perhaps ironically, whether calling attention to this debate is in itself an anti-Israel or anti-Semitic act.

The debate seems to be taking place almost entirely on Hebrew websites. There’s a bit of bile popping up on the English-language Jerusalem Post site as well (for example, there are a handful of choice comments of a now-they’ll-know-what-it-feels-like variety following this Post news article reporting on Israel’s official offer of sympathy and aid). In Hebrew, though, no holds are barred. I’ve translated some of the back-and-forth from the Ynet and Maariv websites below, to give you taste.

The debate exploded aboveground on Saturday in an opinion essay at Ynet (in Hebrew only) by Ziv Lenchner, a left-leaning Tel Aviv artist and one of Ynet’s large, bipartisan stable of columnists. It’s called “Dancing the Hora on Norwegian Blood.” He argues that the comment sections on news websites are a fair barometer of public sentiment (a questionable premise) and that the overwhelming response is schadenfreude, pleasure at Norway’s pain. As I’ll show below, that judgment seems pretty accurate.

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Rights and Security on the Situation in Syria


The show is hosted by Salah Basalamah and produced by Maher Arar

The guests begin talking around the 8 minute mark. That is a good place to begin.

The order of speakers is:

Prof. Fred Reed – 8:00

  • What is Syria? What is the Baath Party? Are Alawites Muslims?

Haytham al-Malah – 17:30

  • The history and reasons for the uprising

Joshua Landis – 31:00

  • The State of US-Syria Relations. What dos the US want in Syria? Where is US policy heading? Israel? Iran? Are Alawites Muslims and why that question is important?

Question and answer period at the end

Can dialogue with the government be carried out or is regime-change necessary – 58:30 minutes



Inside Assad’s Syria – وثائقي داخل سورية الأسد مترجم

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