The ‘youths’ at the Utoya Island, Norway youth camp were calling for a boycott of Israel, and statehood for Palestinians the day before Andre Behring Breivik came to the island and mercilessly shot and killed 66 on the island. These children were attending a youth camp run by the country’s Labour Party, and were immersed in some fairly heavy duty politics, courtesy of the adults in their lives, no doubt. Nothing like teaching the kids to hate on a beautiful and lushly green island on summer break. Note, they even have signs – Boycott Israel. They demanded a Palestinian State. One of the camp activities the week of the shootings was “Break the Blockade.” See UPDATEs below.
After being escorted around the camp by AUF leader Eskil Pedersen, the campers demand a boycott of Israel and that Norway recognize the Palestinian state.
To which the minister reportedly replied, to cheers from the ‘campers’: The Palestinians must have their own state, the occupation must end, the wall must be demolished and it must happen now.
Whilst this doesn’t change the fact that this was a monstrous slaughter of innocent kids, one has to ask who is this Pederson guy and to what lengths has his Workers Youth League gone to incite impressionable kids with such hatred of Israel fuelled by lies and propaganda about deprivation in Gaza?
It is reported that one of the main activities on Utoya last week was “Break the Blockade” games. Here’s a mock Palestinian aid boat bearing the sign Opphev Blokkaden Gaza – Unlock the Gaza Blockade.
Note that calling for a boycott of Israel and statehood for Palestinians, the children are not concerned about Palestine’s Constitution and Charters which call for the elimination of Israel. I doubt the ‘leaders’ told the kids about that bothersome fact.
The Sad Song of Norway: Its Antisemitic Refrain by Joseph Klein:
Oslo, 2006. Miriam Shomrat, Israel’s Ambassador to Norway, was incensed. And with good reason.
In September that year, a month after Oslo’s Jewish cemetery was vandalised, and just before Rosh Hashanah, three individuals in a passing car (later identified as two Islamists and an accomplice called Kristiansen), fired a volley of 13 shots at the synagogue. The building’s facade was damaged, although luckily no one was hurt.
The attack came shortly after the government of Jens Stoltenberg (who of course has been very much in the public eye this past week, and has visited a mosque to show his solidarity with his country’s Muslims) ruled that security cameras monitoring the approaches to the synagogue in Oslo must be removed.
A court ruled that the attack with a firearm on a synagogue was not terrorism, but simple vandalism. Read the full story by Joseph Klein. It is worth your time.
The Labour Party is “committed to social-democratic ideals. Its slogan since the 1930s have been “work for everyone.” Except Israel. The Party “profiles themselves as “progressive.” A strong welfare state funded through taxes and duties is their mission. The Workers Youth League is the youth wing of the Party.
As you are quickly trying to get to my comment section to drop as many four-letter words as possible, think about the hate being instilled in these kids. They have no way to know the truth of Israel-Palestine with adults spinning the ‘occupation’ lies. This is not about blaming the children, and certainly not about taking even a smidgen of responsibility off of the very evil Anders Behring Breivik. He is evil. Deeply evil. I excuse nothing.
The fact is, we only know about the youth camp because of Breivik, and now we know about the anti-semitism at the camp – and don’t tell me there is nothing anti-semitic in calling for a boycott of Israel or advocating for a Palestinian state. Of course it’s anti-semitic to want to put a country, the only democracy in the region, in greater peril by granting statehood without a change of the Palestinian Charters and the Constitution. Block the Blockade games? Israel’s only concern is weapons coming into Gaza. It’s a real concern. Adults should know this. Those who do not are anti-semitic.
Update 7-31-11: Palestinians in the Fatah Youth group have taken part in the Utoya Labour Party Youth Group in years past – in fact for 15 years. These Palestinian children see no similarities to their parent’s own terrorism and that of Anders Behring Breivik.
…”We know those who have been cowardly assassinated. Those are people that have stood for the human and national rights of the Palestinian people both in Europe and while visiting Palestine.
“Fatah Youth has participated for almost 15 years in the same summer camp and our youth has benefited by learning and sharing experiences on democracy and advocacy for peace and justice.
Anders Behring Breivik is accused of being a Zionist. How much worse is being anti-Semitic?