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May 30, 2013 12:59 pm

Norway Cartoon May be Hate Crime, European Jewish Congress Says

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Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet may face legal action over a cartoon that depicted circumcision in a hateful manner, the European Jewish Congress said. Photo: Karl Baron via – The European Jewish Congress (EJC) may take legal action against a Norwegian newspaper over a cartoon in Dagbladet, one of Norway’s leading newspapers, that “depicted circumcision in a blood-thirsty-demonic manner,” the EJC said in a press release.

The drawing, which showed police looking on as a man in a black hat and coat pierces the head of a bloodied baby with a pitchfork in the name of “tradition,” fell outside “the boundaries of freedom of speech,” said EJC President Dr. Moshe Kantor. The Simon Wiesenthal Center said the drawing would “make Hitler and Himmler weep tears of joy.”

“We are now studying the possibility that this legally constitutes incitement and even a hate crime and will therefore require legal action,” Kantor said. Tomas Drefvelin, in an email to a Norwegian pro-Israel organization, said his intention was not to draw Jews, adding that his point was a “general criticism of religions.”

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  • Ann-Mari

    FYI the photo is of the Swedish paper Skånska Dagbladet and not the Norwegian paper Dagbladet.

    So kindly remove the picture please!

  • Eric R.

    This is Norway today – an unrepentant Nazi state. They love Hitler, and hope that their beloved Islamofascists will finish his work.

    Israel must, as a minimum, recall its ambassador and throw all Norwegian journalists out of the country for this.

    Then Israel should demand that shechitah be legalized within 60 days in Norway (it has been outlawed since 1929). If Norway fails, then diplomatic relations should be completely broken, and all trade shut down.

  • Yes, use the legal system to reveal the hatred and incitement.

    • Tuner Hansen

      What ignorant pro Zionist comments. Norway loves Hitler, right! Norway’s GDP after WWII was 33 percent of per war levels. The Nazis tried to starve the population into submission. The Norwegians responded by turning all public parks, etc. into farms. Average Kilocalorie intake dropped from 2200 per person to 1400. In 1940, Norway and the UK fought the Nazis alone. Norway supplied 40% of Britain petrol during the war and lost over half its merchant fleet. The entire clergy resigned rather than remove the line and “pray for our brothers in Israel from the liturgy.” Every teacher resigned rather than join Quisling’s union and teach Nazi propaganda. Quisling’s attempt to emulate the Nazi youth movement in Germany was an unqualified fiasco and soon abandoned. More Norwegians Christians, teachers, etc., died in German and Northern Norwegian concentration camps than Norwegian Jews (about 700). Norway also tried 10,000 collaborators for treason after the war. In 1945, the Allies issued a report which stated that Norway suffered greater sanctions, privation, and economic devastation than any other occupied nation.