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11-point anti-Semitism-combatting plan launched. UPDATED: Norwegian government Ministers unveiled these measures just before the start of the Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashanah). Local Government and Modernisation Minister Jan Tore Sanner (Conservative (H)) and Minister of Children and Equality Solveig Horne (Progress (FrP)) put the new action plan in motion. (To be updated)

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11-point anti-Semitism-combatting plan launched

Published on Monday, 3rd October, 2016 at 09:49 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Sarah Bostock   .
Last Updated on 3rd October 2016 at 15:43.

UPDATED: Norwegian government Ministers unveiled these measures just before the start of the Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashanah).

A Kippah
A Kippah
Photo: H. Pellikka/Wikimedia Commons


Local Government and Modernisation Minister Jan Tore Sanner (Conservative (H)) and Minister of Children and Equality Solveig Horne (Progress (FrP)) put the new action plan in motion.

(To be updated)

“It’s not the Jews’ responsibility to combat anti-Semitism. It’s a common responsibility we bear as a wider community. We’re now assuming that task together,” Minister Sanner stated at Sunday’s launch.

The move follows plans to fight anti-Semitism that Norway’s Christian Democratic Party (KrF) initiated a year ago.

“Inquiries by the Centre for Studies of the Holocaust and Religious Minorities in 2012, Oslo’s Educational Department, and members of the Jewish Community showed that anti-Semitism [in Oslo’s schools] is much greater than we thought,” said the Party’s Hans Olav Syversen.

Over 50 per cent of Jewish schoolchildren had reported that they had been harassed, and the Synagogue in Oslo has requested increased security in the past.

Incumbent Conservative Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg has also compared Jewish and Muslim harrassment in a historical perspective.

Muslims in Norway have shown their support for the Jewish Community, distancing themselves from anti-Semitism.

Jens Stoltenberg, former PM of Norway for the Labour Party, and now NATO Secretary General, has apologised for the Scandinavian country’s WWII deportation of Jews, as have the Norwegian Police and state railway NSB.

The 11-point action plan is part of the government’s strategy to combat hate speech and discrimination.The measures are:

  • Strengthen the Democratic Preparedness Against racism and Anti-Semitism Project (DEMBRA) – a cross-organisation initiative by the Holocaust Centre, Directorate of Education, University of Oslo, and the European Wergeland Centre
  • Develop learning resources aimed at teacher education and teachers in schools
  • Continue the Jewish Community’s information initiative "Jewish wizards"
  • Maintain the increased support for the Jewish museums
  • Ensure annual funding for the Jewish Culture Festival in Trondheim
  • Register anti-Semitism as a motive for hate crime in all of Norway’s police districts
  • Conducting opinion surveys every five years
  • Monitor anti-Semitism on the Internet and in the media (pilot project)
  • Creating a research programme on anti-Semitism and Jewish life in Norway today
  • Creating doctoral / postdoctoral positions for research on the prevention of group-based prejudices in schools
  • Continue Norway's international efforts against anti-Semitism and for safeguarding Jewish culture

The new plan is signed by Local Government and Modernisation Minister Jan Tore Sanner, Minister of Children and Equality Solveig Horne, Education and Research Minister Torbjørn Røe Isaksen, Minister of Justice and Public Security Anders Anundsen, Culture Minister Linda Hofstad Helleland, and Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

The Foreigner asked the Ministry of Local Government about the timing of the plan’s launch. Rosh Hashanah started at sundown on 2nd October this year (1st of Tishrei, 5777 in the Jewish calendar).

Officials answer in an email that this was “because the date was suitable for those involved.”

The Minister was aware of the fact that the launch collided with Jewish New Year. The date was discussed with representatives from the Jewish community in Oslo prior to the decision being taken,” Ministry representatives conclude.




Published on Monday, 3rd October, 2016 at 09:49 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Sarah Bostock   .
Last updated on 3rd October 2016 at 15:43.

This post has the following tags: anti-semitism, hatred, jews, racisim, paywall.





  
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