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Anti-Semitism among NTNU’s students. Several students of Jewish origin from Trondheim have complained of being harassed and threatened. Morgenbladet published a letter last month sent by a Jewish student, in which he describes how badly students like him are treated. He claims that he and his family had to move out from the city, and that many other students like him are considering the same thing. He strongly believes the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) has developed into a political hotbed.

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Anti-Semitism among NTNU’s students

Published on Friday, 18th February, 2011 at 15:05 under the news category, by Nicoleta Dumitrache Sincan.

Several students of Jewish origin from Trondheim have complained of being harassed and threatened.

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Morgenbladet published a letter last month sent by a Jewish student, in which he describes how badly students like him are treated.

He claims that he and his family had to move out from the city, and that many other students like him are considering the same thing. He strongly believes the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) has developed into a political hotbed.

In his letter, Daniel Vatsvåg alleges a woman approached him while he was enjoying the evening at a nightclub, asking if she could sit next to him to have a smoke.

She asked him where he was from, to which he replied Stavanger. He soon realized that she was referring to his nationality, telling her his mother was British, and comes from an Israeli family. He alleges this changed the woman’s mood, who quickly became angry and admitted she personally was “pro-Hamas”. Soon after, she started screaming profanities at the young man and her friends took her out of the nightclub.

Michal Rachel Suissa, head of the Centre for combating anti-Semitism in Norway,believes the environment at NTNU acts as a magnet for people with radical and activist attitudes.

“I would say that the environment is infected by anti-Semitism that breaks loose and becomes uninhibited when there is nothing there to restrict it”, Ms Suissa tells NRK.

She also alleges she has received many complaints from people who feel unsafe in Trondheim, and says numerous people live under false identity.

Although she feels Trondheim is a city friendly to Jews, Ms Suissa believes the environment at NTNU is the problem.

“Some are beaten, spat on, and harassed, and it is not easy to be constantly accused of things that Israel is responsible for, in their opinion”, she alleges.

Trond Singsås, a director at NTNU, claims cases of anti-Semitism are unknown to the university, and he regrets there are students experiencing racist views in Trondheim.

“We have regular examinations of how the environment is for students, and they are asked about harassment and exclusion. We have not detected such reactions, so these must be isolated events”, he says.



Published on Friday, 18th February, 2011 at 15:05 under the news category, by Nicoleta Dumitrache Sincan.

This post has the following tags: ntnu, trondheim, anti-semitism.





  
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