Thursday, January 05, 2006


Norwegian senior official supports planned consumer boycott of Israeli goods as show of "solidarity" with Palestinians

BBC: Kristin Halvorsen, 45, has led the Socialist Left party since 1997

In another stunning display of official European anti-Semitism, Norway's Finance Minister has backed a call for a boycott of Israeli products. Her shocking comments can be ascribed as anti-Semitic due to her self professed expression of "solidarity" indicative of a support for terrorist activities.

According to the BBC,

"Norway's Finance Minister Kristin Halvorsen is backing a planned consumer boycott of Israeli goods, contradicting the coalition government's policy. Ms Halvorsen voiced support for a campaign of solidarity with the Palestinians, due to be launched by her Socialist Left party this month.

"It is a long time since I bought any Israeli products," she told Norway's Dagbladet newspaper.

While the Norwegian national government has not signed up for such a boycott, one town already has:

Last month, the municipality of Soer-Trondelag in central Norway launched a boycott of Israeli goods and services.

A spokesman said the national government will not go along with the proposal but attributes the boycott plan to "differences" of opinion that are natural among party coalitions. However, I think that competing ideas on how to clean streets can be considered normal "differences" but boycotts of this sort should be condemned.

A finance ministry spokesman, Runar Malkenes, told the BBC News website that "there are no moves to push for a boycott of Israeli goods" at government level.

He said such differences of view were part of coalition politics.

Do you know how to read/speak Norwegian? Here is a link to an article about Halvorsen in the newspaper, Dagblodet.

BBC NEWS: Norway split over Israel boycott


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