Norwegians Turning a Blind Eye to Hate Sparks Jewish Outrage (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Rachel Hirshfeld 06/13/12)
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The Simon Wiesenthal Center demanded that Norwegian authorities take
immediate action against perpetrators of anti-Semitic hate crimes
following the heinous hate crime on Monday, in which a 16-year-old
Jewish student in Oslo was branded with a red-hot coin at a school
According to Jewish-Danish website Israwhat.com, the perpetrator of
the attack, an ethnic Norwegian student, pressed the hot coin into
the back of the victim’s neck, resulting in visible burning. School
officials did not contact the family after the incident.
This is not the first time the teenager has been the target of anti-
Semitic abuse. In 2010, his mother told Norwegian Broadcasting that
she feared for her son’s life after he received death threats, being
called “Jewish Pig” and “Jewish Satan.” She said that school faculty
had consistently failed to intervene.
“Just what else must take place before school authorities stand up
for rights of a Jewish child in a Norwegian school?” asked Rabbi
Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Wiesenthal Center.
“We demand that authorities hold accountable the perpetrators of this
hate crime and those in charge of educating Norway´s school children
offer a safe environment for every student-including Jewish kids,”
The only response to the fire branding at the barbecue was by a
teacher, who told the Norwegian-born attacker, “You’re mad.” Despite
the gravity of the fire branding and a photograph taken on a cell
phone that showed the burns on the neck of the victim, the school did
not contact the mother after the incident.
The boy’s father, an Israeli, returned to Israel due to the
increasingly hostile and anti-Semitic atmosphere in Norway.
(IsraelNationalNews © 2012 06/13/12)
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