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March 22, 2011 5:15 pm

Norwegian MP Denies the Holocaust

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Ynet – Norwegian Labor Party lawmaker Anders Mathisen isn’t very popular right now — members of his own party are calling for his resignation after Mathisen reportedly told the Finnmarken newspaper that the Holocaust never happened.

“There is no evidence the gas chambers or mass graves existed,” he told the newspaper, according to reports. “Even reputable Holocaust historians have admitted it cannot be established.”

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  • Jens Jarva

    He is only a deputy member of the parliament of the minority Sami (Lap) people.

    That is, when a certain member of this minority parliament is absent, this Mr Mathisen may turn up as a replacement. The parliament in question is not the Norwegian Parliament, but rather the parliament of the Sami (Laps) living in Norway.

    The Same parliament cannot be said to be legislative. It more seems to be responsible for developing Sami culture (including Sami schools) and to cooperate with provincial and municipal councils in areas populated by Sami. For instance, the province I live in, Finnmark, cooperates with this parliament in cultural and natural resource questions. The reason for this is that this province in particular has a very heavy Sami population, even though this population is unevenly spread. One way you can see this influence in, is that official provincial home pages, documents and signs always gives the names in Sami (Lapish) as well, even in ‘totally’ Norwegian speaking parts of the Province.

    It may satisfy some of you to know that Mr Mathisen was handled roughly by the regional press and even harder by his former party. Politics will hardly be the thing he will make a living from in the long run.

    Furthermore, I cannot imagine the Sami (Laps) will give him any support. They might even associate him with the three Progress Party members in the Sami Parliament, who only are in the parliament to work against it.

    Actually, I think the Norwegian Jews find it strange that an indigenous minority Sami questions that the holocaust has taken place, just as a Sami would be startled by a Jew openly attacking the Sami (the Laps).

    Further information about the Sami Parliament can be found at: