Ministry mum on Israeli outburst

Norway’s foreign ministry wasn’t commenting on reports in an Israeli newspaper that the country’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, sharply reprimanded Norwegian Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide during her visit to Jerusalem earlier this week. The newspaper Hayom reported that Netanyahu was upset by what he considers Norwegian meddling in the Israeli court system, through the […]

Norway protests Israeli boarding of Gaza boat

UPDATED: Norway’s foreign ministry has asked Israeli authorities to explain how they can justify halting and boarding the Norwegian fishing boat Kårstein in international waters last Sunday, 53 nautical miles off Gaza. The Kårstein had medical equipment and activists on board. Five Norwegians were among those arrested and jailed in Israel, including Mikkel Grüner, a member […]

Israeli ambassador challenged on NRK

Israel’s ambassador to Norway, Raphael Schutz, agreed to an exclusive interview with Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) on its national nightly newscast Dagsrevyen on Wednesday. Schutz found himself confronted with videos of Israel forces shooting a Palestinian in the back and Israel soldiers cheering after they’d shot another Palestinian demonstrator. Schutz has attracted media attention earlier during […]

Hundreds marched against Israel

Several hundred people turned out Tuesday evening for a demonstration in Oslo against Israel’s occupation of Palestinian areas. After gathering in front of the Norwegian Parliament they marched up to the Israeli Embassy that’s located right behind Norway’s Royal Palace. The demonstration was organized by a Palestinian organization in Oslo to mark Nakba-dagen, the day […]

Israeli ambassador offends Norwegians

Israel’s ambassador to Norway, Raphael Schutz, has stirred up protests from Norwegian political leaders on both the right and the left after he described one of his many Norwegian critics as being “a descendant of Quisling,” the infamous traitor who sided with the Nazis during World War II. The ruling Conservative Party has reacted strongly, […]

Palestinian dislikes LO’s Israel boycott

A Palestininan human rights activist who was in Oslo this week is urging Norway’s largest trade union confederation, LO, to drop its boycott of Israel. He claims it will hurt Palestinians more than it might help them. Bassem Eid, who has worked with human rights issues for more than 20 years, also fears any boycott […]

Members quit LO over Israel boycott

Norway’s largest trade union confederation LO has never seen so many members leave the organization because of disagreement over a single politial issue. In this case it’s LO’s recent controversial majority vote to boycott Israel that’s prompted more than 100 people to dump their membership in LO unions. News bureau ANB reported this week that the single largest […]

Norwegian leaders mourn Peres’ death

UPDATED: Prime Minister Erna Solberg, her foreign minister Børge Brende and leaders of the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo were among those mourning the death of former Israeli President Shimon Peres during the night. The Nobel Peace Center quickly set up a memorial protocol where others could pay their respects, and Brende will be attending […]

Israeli forces halt a new ‘Ship to Gaza’

A 70-foot trawler being used by a Swedish and Norwegian group to carry solar panels and medical equipment to Gaza was stopped and boarded by Israeli naval forces early Monday, to prevent them from breaking Israel’s blockade of Gaza. In a press release issued by the “Ship To Gaza” organization, the group claimed they were halted in […]

Palestinians win aid but no recognition

Lots of people turned up and the sun was even shining, but the message at a rally in front of the Norwegian Parliament this week fell once again on deaf ears among most politicians inside the building. They voted against recognizing Palestine as a state, despite years of political and financial support from Norway. The proposal to […]