Norwegian media slams anti-Semitic professor (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Aviel Magnezi Published: 05.02.12, 00:28)
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Newspapers in Scandinavian country criticize sociologist Johan
Galtung over ´propaganda speech´ linking Norwegian killer Breivik to
The Norwegian sociologist Johan Galtung, who made anti-Semitic
remarks suggesting a connection between Norwegian killer Anders
Behring Breivik and Israel´s Mossad, drew criticism not only in
Israel, but also on the pages of Scandinavian newspapers.
Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet published in October an article by
journalist John Faerseth, who attended one of Galtung´s lectures at
the University of Oslo, where he outlined his doctrine in front of a
Throughout the article, Fearseth slams Galtung, who is dubbed "the
father of peace studies", saying the "findings" on which he bases his
theories against Jews are "dubious" at best.
Norwegian magazine Humanist published a correspondence between
Galtung and Fearseth, in which Galtung claimed, as he did several
times in the past, that the Jews control world media.
Fearseth wrote a response article together with a Dagbladet reporter,
in which they called Galtung a provocateur who uses his authority
to "incite classic anti-Semitic propaganda."
Meanwhile, the editors of Humanist published a special column in
which they expressed their reservations over Galtung´s article,
explaining why the magazine chose to give him a platform to spew his
Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten also published an article that put in
question Galtung´s theories. The article, written by Publicist Halvor
Tjonn, slams Galtung´s claims regarding Jewish control of media
outlets, saying "if this is true, then these media outlets did a
really bad job of protecting Israel."
Tjonn noted that Galtung has become a popular figure on neo-Nazi and
anti-Semitic websites around the world.
The Norwegian publicist called Galtung´s theories "paranoid," saying
that the Protocols of the Elders of Zion served as the basis of
these "anti-Semitic illusions," and gave Stalin a justification for
the murder of millions of Russians. Nowadays, he added, it serves the
goals of the Hamas movement in Gaza.
Tjonn closed the article by hinting that Galtung is propagating Jew-
hatred across Norway.
Arik Bergman, an Israeli who studied in Norway and currently lives in
Oslo, told Ynet that he is glad to see the Norwegian media turning
against Galtung. "He is not the only one who believes in such
theories, but fortunately he faces some resistance," Bergman said.
Rabbi Shaul Wilhelm, who heads the Chabad house in Oslo, said that
the media response reflects the general attitude toward Galtung. "The
professor is not taken so seriously anymore, because this is not the
first time he makes such statements.
"Norway´s daily papers, even those who are affiliated with the Left,
responded to his comments, and not in a positive way. It is not to be
taken for granted that Dagbladet, which usually presents anti-Israeli
positions, speaks out against him," the rabbi noted. (Copyright 2012
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