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 […]

Party leaders condemned anti-Semitism

Just a day after his own party voted to recognize Palestine, Labour leader Jonas Gahr Støre gathered all his fellow party leaders to issue a joint declaration supporting Norway’s Jewish community. Prime Minister Erna Solberg of the Conservatives, Finance Minister Siv Jensen of the Progress Party, Knut Arild Hareide of the Christian Democrats, Trine Skei […]

Gaza doctor now barred from Israel

Israeli authorities now say they haven’t barred Dr Mads Gilbert from Gaza but from Israel itself. The Norwegian physician has treated injured Palestinians in Gaza for years, but was recently turned away at a border entry point into Gaza, allegedly for “security reasons.” Gilbert and Norway’s foreign ministry immediately protested and Gilbert vowed to return […]

Doctor vows to return to Gaza

Norway’s foreign ministry and Norwegian doctor Mads Gilbert, who has treated wounded Gaza residents for more than 30 years, are both calling Israel’s sudden refusal to let him re-enter Gaza “completely unacceptable.” Norwegian officials have demanded an explanation from their Israeli counterparts, after Gilbert was denied entry into Gaza last month. “We have told them we […]

New Israeli envoy met with hatred

Raphael Schutz, Israel’s new ambassador to Norway, has received a mixed welcome to Oslo, to put it mildly. In the week since the Israeli Embassy in Oslo published a video on its official Facebook page, introducing their new top envoy, they’ve received 71 “Likes” but 39 comments, many of them full of hatred and vulgarity. Schutz, […]

Brende pleased by ‘solid’ aid for Gaza

Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende, who co-led Sunday’s top-level meeting to re-build Gaza after Israel’s bombing last summer, said that the “solid” amount of aid pledged shows “massive international support” for the Palestinian people. He and others meeting in Cairo repeated calls for Israel to end its blockade of the war-torn Palestinian region. Børge represented Norway […]

Police braced for pro-Israel rally

UPDATED: Police patrols were extensive around a demonstration in support of Israel in Oslo on Sunday. The demonstration took place in front of the Norwegian Parliament in downtown Oslo, and attracted an estimated 400-500 people. Police told news bureau NTB that they’d received no applications of any counter-demonstrations to the event planned by the pro-Israeli organization MIFF […]

Church leaders denounce Israeli offensive

Norwegian church leaders joined the latest demonstration in Oslo this week against Israel’s military attacks on Palestinians living in Gaza. They demanded that charges be brought against Israel at the UN’s international court in The Hague. Around 1,000 people, including several Norwegian pastors, marched through Oslo and gathered in front of the Parliament on Monday to […]