Boycott threatened youths’ fundraiser

Thousands of Norwegian junior high- and high school students were taking part once again on Thursday in the annual fundraiser called Operasjon Dagsverk (OD), billed as Norway’s largest solidarity event. It was clouded, however, by calls for a boycott from pro-Israeli groups that object mightily to this year’s OD beneficiary: The international YMCA/YWCA campaign for […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Doctor, politician square off on Gaza

Dr Mads Gilbert, a surgeon and high-profile Norwegian political activist, returned to a hero’s welcome in Oslo on Wednesday after yet another voluntary trip to Gaza to treat injured Palestinians. Meanwhile, a high-profile politician from one of the Norwegian government’s own parties defended the Israeli attacks on Gaza that have resulted in more than a thousand civilian deaths […]

Brende: ‘Agree on a ceasefire now’

Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende now condemns the civilian loss of life in Gaza and has toughened his rhetoric against both the Israelis and the Palestinians. On behalf of the Norwegian government, which has long been directly involved in efforts to broker peace in the Middle East, Brende is demanding that both sides agree on […]