A previous Oslo Education Agency report suggests that one in three Jewish children have experienced racism. Social commentator, Sara Azmeh Rasmussen believes that the increase in harassment of Jews is a mixture of old ideas and anti-Semitism amongst some immigrant communities.
“It becomes difficult to use the right words about the problem since the prejudices against Jews often come from Muslims,. Many are afraid to contribute to increased scepticism towards Islam”, she told NRK.
Rasmussen stated that hatred had no place in Norwegian society and that this must be met with information and transparency.
Scientist Øivind Kopperud is working on a project to map the Norwegian attitude towards Jews, but says that it is very difficult to determine how big the anti-Semitic problem is.
“It is, unfortunately, so that many Jewish children say that they are subjected to scorn from Muslim school children in connection with the situation in the Middle East. We have also had major demonstrations against the Israeli embassy, where slogans have largely been directed against Jews, and not the Israeli government”, he stated..
Kopperud says that the anti-Semitic experience of Jews must be taken seriously, informing the broadcaster that he is working on anumber of projects to address the issue.
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