The Norwegian Labor Party’s Holocaust Fan

UPDATE: In an article posted at 6:40 AM CET on Friday, the Hamar Arbeiderblad reports that the Hamar Labor Party has decided not to expel Khalid Haji Ahmed after all. Ahmed, who earlier flatly refused to apologize to Norwegian Jews, has now agreed to do so, and the Party pronounces itself “satisfied.” 

If you haven’t noticed, Norway has been undergoing a bit of bad publicity of late apropos of what has been described as its unparalleled levels of anti-Semitism. One of the country’s few highly placed truth-tellers, Hanne Nabintu Herland, a religious scholar at the University of Oslo, recently put it this way: “How could a country that was once a loyal friend of Israel be transformed into a nation with a government that refuses to distance itself from Hamas as a terrorist organization? Norway is the most anti-Semitic country in the West, because of the left-wing elite.” Alan Dershowitz said the same thing here at Front Page last year after a series of unpleasant personal experiences in the land of the fjords: “Norway is the most anti-Semitic and anti-Israel country in Europe today.”

Nor did it do much to rehabilitate Norway’s image when the Royal Palace announced a couple of weeks ago the awarding of a medal to Trond Ali Linstad, a Muslim convert who is also an outspoken anti-Semite. (Fortunately, the public furor over this decision caused the king to change his mind.)

The other day, when I noticed a headline indicating that the Norwegian police were apologizing to the country’s Jewish population, I experienced a fleeting sense of hope. Had at least one important national institution actually realized the error of its recent ways? Then it turned out – and, knowing the country as long as I have, I should have seen this coming – that the police were apologing for having helped the Nazis during the occupation with the job of rounding up Jews and shipping them off to be exterminated. A full news cycle was consumed with conspicuous self-flagellation about this horrible chapter of Norwegian history. The sole still-living Jew to have been handed over to the Germans was interviewed all over the place.

I watched several TV news and debate programs that solemnly addressed the police department’s apology. But on none of them was there so much as a hint that the in 2012, the Jews are still the chief victims of prejudice in Norway. No, the message sent out by all the commentators I heard was the usual one: that the enduring lesson of the anti-Semitic crimes of yesteryear is that we should be especially alert nowadays to similar offenses against “other groups.” Everybody knows, of course, which “other group” is meant by this. And nobody needed to spell out the now-familiar formula: that the Jews are today’s Nazis, and the Muslims today’s Jews.

This latest round of hand-wringing over the Holocaust was barely over when a new story made the headlines: the other day a young Yemeni-Norwegian named Khalid Haji Ahmed, who until recently was an official in the Workers’ Youth League (Arbeidernes Ungdomsfylking, or AUF), the junior division of Norway’s Labor Party, and who is currently a member of the city council in the town of Hamar (pop. 29,000), was discovered to have taken part in a Facebook discussion of a status update that read as follows: “Fucking Jew whores, wish Hitler could come back and shower you a little more.” Ahmed was apparently one of several AUF members who took part in the discussion and who seemed to take an affirmative position toward their friend’s pro-Holocaust sentiment. Among the comments Ahmed posted was this, in reference to the original status update: “Best of luck eight times over.” (Facebook later deleted the discussion, in response to which the person who had posted the original status update wrote: “It’s probably Jews who run that, too.”)

Jew-hatred, as it happens, is nothing new in the AUF, which, of course, is the group targeted last year by mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik on the island of Utøya, where the Labor Party used to hold an annual summer camp for budding Laborites. The Norwegian Labor Party is a pretty left-wing outfit, but the kids in AUF are notorious for being, if anything, even further to the left than their elders. In the summer of 2006, for example, in the wake of Israeli military actions in Gaza and Lebanon, the AUF-ers at Utøya called on Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg to take “a tougher line on Israel.” One AUF member, who felt the party was too soft on Israel, “gave Stoltenberg a Palestine scarf and a T-shirt reading ‘free Palestine,’ and encouraged Jens to become ‘Palestine Jens.’” That year, reported the newspaper Adresseavisen, Palestinian scarves and flags were “a conspicuous element of camp life,” and guests on the island included Hassan Faraj of Fatah Youth, who handed Stoltenberg a T-shirt reading “Tear down the wall.”

The next summer, Stoltenberg gave a speech at Utøya praising AUF for pressuring Israel to release Palestinian prisoners, notably Hussam Shaheen, a member of Fatah Youth, “who has been here at Utøya several times and who has many friends in AUF.”  And the very day before Breivik started shooting up the camp last year, according to Alex Weisler of the Jewish Telegraph Agency, the Labor Party youth “had spent part of the day before discussing the organization of a boycott against Israel and pressing the country’s foreign minister, who was visiting the camp, to recognize a Palestinian state.”

And now we have Ahmed, whose brother Ismail Haji Ahmed was one of Breivik’s victims last year. Indeed, Ahmed has said that he joined AUF after his brother’s death because he was eager to “fight racism.” Among his recent “anti-racist” activity has been high-profile participation in an anti-Israeli demonstration organized by the Friends of Palestine.

When confronted with his Hitler-friendly Facebook comment, Ahmed at first claimed that he’d meant it ironically. His local Labor Party board, which at first supported him and didn’t plan to do anything about the matter, soon changed its mind, presumably when it became clear that some people out there were actually upset. Accordingly, the board called Ahmed in and asked him to issue a public apology. He refused. “The board claims I have expressed racism toward another people, that my comments have been offensive, and that I haven’t made any official apology,” he told Dagbladet. “I think this is totally wrong. I’m anti-racist, and I’m offended when someone calls me anti-Semitic. After all, I’m a Semite myself.” Ahmed insisted that while he is anti-Zionist, he’s not anti-Jewish. He also suggested that perhaps Jews were responsible for having leaked his Facebook comment to the media.

In response to his defiant, unrepentant attitude, the local Labor Party board has voted to eject Ahmed from the party. The case now goes to the county level, and from there to the top party honchos in Oslo. Even if the national party does decide to drop Ahmed, however, he’ll retain his seat on the Hamar city council.  And his friends in AUF will, presumably, continue to meet on Facebook to discuss the pros and cons of genocide.

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  • Hamid

    When you say 'a Yemeni Norwegian – isn't it more correct to say a Yemeni living in Norway? I'd understand a Norwegian to be a person who has a distinctly Norwegian approach to and acceptance of Norwegian culture.

    • Deep_Space

      Absolutely! I get really tired of the British press saying things like "Britions do this or are accused of that" only to find out that they are Pakistani or Bangladeshi and I cannot accept that they are British. Passport holders and possibly even natural born but not Briitish.

      • Stein

        Yes but this thing happens in Norway too. The same prime minister is known to have declared to be Norwegian is to have Norwegian passport. That was the official sign of the death of the Nation, only the State lives on. But the invaders gets attention by confronting natural discrimination by complaints like "When are we to be considered Norwegian enough" –

        Tiredness is not enough, this veiling of facts will continue until a new press is built up. One who consider its task to be to inform about relevant stuff.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    "And his friends in AUF will, presumably, continue to meet on Facebook to discuss the pros and cons of genocide."

    Nobody to stop that as long as they stick with the lying "Palestinian" narratives.

  • jacob

    Unfortunately, this kind of people get away with murder and it is OK to everybody…
    Elsewhere such as in THEIR COUNTRIES, they would have been made paraplegics….or vanished
    into thin air….

    • Drakken

      Well maybe it is time to make these savages living in western countries disapear? It will make the rest of them rethink what they are doing there in the first place.

  • Invictus

    Dear Frontpage,

    Thanks for the three day vacation. It gave me time to track down the real names of most of the DEBKA subscribers. I posted them here:
    http://cryptome.org/2012/11/DEBKA-list-Real-Names

    It is a shame this website no longer engages accurate, free speech when it contradicts the goals of Hasbarism.

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      Invictus aka Schomotion aka Robert Goodwin at http://www.contextflexed.com

      Profession leftist Storm Trooper
      Is a music producer on the side
      Live in the Boston area

    • Drakken

      Keep siding with the muslim savages, your day of reckoning is coming. The time for pleasantries and niceties is over.

    • Yacub

      I don't need to be anonymous

      So where did you grow up? what did you parents do? Where did you go to school?
      I want to know how a person gets to be the way you are.
      Maybe Candice De Long will do an piece on you on Investigation Discovery.
      Nothing like forensic psychology to unravel the motive of someone like you.

      • jakespoon

        Yacub, it would take teams of psychologist working around the clock to understand these evil,misanthropes. Best therapy for them is a concoction of powder and lead,applied liberally.

    • Mary Sue

      keep up nonsense like that and I'm sure you'll eventually land a Permanent Vacation. And for what?

    • Zionista

      does your shrink know about all your personalities?

    • Ghostwriter

      You're a slug,Invictus. I also agree that Candice DeLong should do a documentary on you. It should be called "The Ravings of a Lunatic Anti-Semite."

  • W. C. Taqiyya

    OK, I have to ask. Where the hell do they keep finding all these Jews? First, they say they were exterminated, shipped off to death camps and what not. Next thing I know, the Norwegian police are rounding up Jews all over Norway to apologize for shipping them off to death camps. What gives? Is ‘death camp’ code for reproductive services? Kinda like family planning is code for killing babies, only different? Or, are they just keeping tabs on the remaining Jews to make it easier to ship them off in the next batch? Somebody has to ask these questions. I mean, every time I go to temple on those fund raising occasions each Sabbath, I see more and more holocaust survivors. Again, survivors. Did they secretly impregnate all of the females in those ‘death camps’ with delayed action fertilized eggs or something? Or, are they using children from Brazil to infiltrate and undermine Jewish morale and power bases in Hollywood and the New York Times? Now, you probably think I’m joking and of course I am. And some of you will be upset. But, you have to admit, this article from Mr. Bawer is full of funny stuff. Norwegians are importing hordes of Jew hating Muslims while apologizing for Hitler stuff, while electing Jew haters, while threatening to fire a Jew hater for saying so. It’s funny stuff. Tragic maybe, but funny all the same.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "OK, I have to ask."

      Your questions reveal that you very likely can't comprehend the correct answers. You need to fixate on something your brain can handle. Please stay out of the way.

      "Where the hell do they keep finding all these Jews? "

      Which?

      "First, they say they were exterminated"

      Yes, approximately half of them. That leaves how many as the remainder?

      "…shipped off to death camps and what not. Next thing I know, the Norwegian police are rounding up Jews all over Norway to apologize for shipping them off to death camps."

      Rounding up the one they apologized to? That's one single person.

      "What gives? Is 'death camp' code for reproductive services? Kinda like family planning is code for killing babies, only different? Or, are they just keeping tabs on the remaining Jews to make it easier to ship them off in the next batch? Somebody has to ask these questions. I mean, every time I go to temple on those fund raising occasions each Sabbath, I see more and more holocaust survivors. Again, survivors. Did they secretly impregnate all of the females in those 'death camps' with delayed action fertilized eggs or something? Or, are they using children from Brazil to infiltrate and undermine Jewish morale and power bases in Hollywood and the New York Times?"

      Can you count past 10? How many survivors did you find and when did you supposedly count them?

      "Now, you probably think I'm joking and of course I am."

      You're so funny using neo-nazi propaganda as the basis for your "humor."

      "But, you have to admit, this article from Mr. Bawer is full of funny stuff. Norwegians are importing hordes of Jew hating Muslims while apologizing for Hitler stuff, while electing Jew haters, while threatening to fire a Jew hater for saying so. It's funny stuff. Tragic maybe, but funny all the same."

      Funny to a narcissist who never expects to suffer under such idiotic policies.

    • jakespoon

      Funny! haha,like a hand grenade in your shorts,now that would be something to laugh at. Go back to your cave.

  • Drakken

    Deshawn, and inbred abed like you really has no idea that the more you keep pushing us infidels, the more likely our wrath will take you by surprise, and you will get no sympathy or mercy. So by all means, keep running your suck.

  • Jan Hårstad

    Thank you to Mr Bawer for exellent reporting from Norway. I have the impression – when he is mentioning the Palestine Fatah, that he not aware of the fact that Fatah is a member of the SocialistInternational which is the Comintern of the socialdemocratic parties of the world. The difference between the bolsjevikh Comintern and the SocialistInternational,is that the former fought for workers state internationally, but the socialdemocratic International works for "Global Governance" in the meaning: total war against the national states,including Israel.
    Jan Hårstad,Oslo

  • Mary Sue

    No, deSpawn, we do not want another holocaust. Your cheerleading for such shows what a horrible person you are.

  • esperanto

    Guys,
    Did you know Nostradamus said that the 3rd Antichrist,the most evil one,would be a Muslim from Arabia,who will enter Europe and wear a blue turban.

    I dont believe he was any prophet BUT political correctness prevents those who write about him to SAY IT.Check it out:

    "Was Nostradamus (1503-1566) a True Prophet?A Documentary Proves he Was Not
    http://www.antisharia.com/2010/03/18/was-nostrada

    AND ALSO

    "The Tradition that in 1676 the Cossacks wrote a Very Insulting Letter to the Ottoman Sultan"
    http://www.antisharia.com/2012/11/28/zaporegs/

  • riverboatbill

    Poor Norway;so far from the sun, so close to hell.

    • jakespoon

      A self made hell,no pity from me.

    • Mary Sue

      right now Norway is the Land of the MIdday Dark.

  • carrie

    Antisemitism never left Europe . muslim immigration and hatred like this FB jerk just encouraged it to be heard again.
    Trying to hide it behind claims of racism is ridiculous . Race and religion are completely different issues,just as religion and politics are separate issues. Skin color doesn't represent any singular religion ,nationality ,culture,sexual preference or political party.

    Norway isn't alone in it's resurgence of antisemitism , all of Europe is experiencing it because of massive muslim immigration Anti – Americanism is surging in Europe also. muslims carry their hate and prejudices wherever they go and are happy to share it with everyone .

    It's sad and shameful to see how weak and hate filled Europeans really are. They stand by while their children and women are gang raped and take their anger out on people and countries that have no relationship to the cause of their misery.

    • Mary Sue

      You'd better believe that if it was a bunch of roving white man gangs going around raping people, that hell would be raised by the feminists, radfems, etc, to high heaven.

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  • Sergej

    Discriminating Jews nationwide in the name of "equality" and "anti-racism" is a long-standing leftist tradition, here in Russia we know that very well. Doublethink at it's finest.

  • RUI

    Breivik: "love" him or hate him, he killed a ton of anti-semite leftards.

    • Mary Sue

      eh, he also killed a bunch of kids who probably didn't know any better. Now whether they COULD realize any better in the future is a whole nuther story…

  • watsa46

    The Jews should get out asap. Relocating is not easy but better than staying in a place where they hate U for what U R. Let the Norwegians do what they want. It is their country after all. The same should apply to many antisemitic EU states. The diaspora Jews need one way or another to reconcile herself with Israel as the country of the Jews. there is plenty of room in IL for a few more Jews.
    Every anti Zionist is an antisemite and every antisemite is anti Zionist. No need to succumb to pretense or empty rhetoric.

  • John Galt

    I am ASHAMED of my Norwegian heritage for allowing anti-semitism and for harnessing the rot and decay of the demonic to spread once again like Nazi Germany. It seems that socialism-fascism & anti-semitism all blend together to create tyranny like the Socialist Hitler and the Nazi Party.

    The Nazi Party began in a "gay bar" (The Pink Swastika) with militant gays yet Islam will kill these gays in the end as Socialists divide into hate groups and use one against the other until the last one standing has successfully had each of these groups kill off each other or made slaves of them. Wake up to what is happening!

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  • Isak

    Correction: Hanne Nabintu Herland in NOT a religious scholar AT the University of Oslo. She does, however, have a M.A. in Religious studies FROM the University of Oslo, but she is not a researcher employed by the university