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The Foreigner Hamas cartoon lands Norway Centre-Right in trouble. Progress’ (FrP) foreign policy spokesperson Kristian Norheim uploaded the ill-received illustration to his Facebook profile. The Centre-Right’s Foreign Minister Børge Brende is in the Middle East to try to secure a ceasefire as Norway’s Left Wing criticises governmental vagueness. The drawing (from 2009) depicts a Hamas soldier holding a young girl in the air. It was drawn by The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s cartoonist Randy Bish. “No doubt” The publication is one of the US’ oldest and more conservative papers. According to Mr Norheim, the caricature was “sad, but true.”

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Hamas cartoon lands Norway Centre-Right in trouble

Published on Tuesday, 15th July, 2014 at 15:07 under the news category, by Sarah Bostock and Michael Sandelson   .

Progress’ (FrP) foreign policy spokesperson Kristian Norheim uploaded the ill-received illustration to his Facebook profile. The Centre-Right’s Foreign Minister Børge Brende is in the Middle East to try to secure a ceasefire as Norway’s Left Wing criticises governmental vagueness.



The drawing (from 2009) depicts a Hamas soldier holding a young girl in the air. It was drawn by The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s cartoonist Randy Bish.

“No doubt”

The publication is one of the US’ oldest and more conservative papers. According to Mr Norheim, the caricature was “sad, but true.”

He believesTegningen er av en Hamas-soldat, som holder et lite jentebarn opp i luften. the illustration is a good representation of what is currently taking place in Gaza.

“There is no doubt that Hamas uses civilians in Gaza as human shields against Israeli air strikes,” the Progress Party’s Mr Norheim told TV2.

“I have major sympathy for the civilian population in Gaza and, needless to say, find it unacceptable that civilian lives are being lost. This is not Israel’s intention, either.”

Balance vital

Reactions to the cartoon from other Parties’ politicians range from the carefully-worded to condemnation.

Anniken Huitfeldt, Labour’s (Ap) head of parliament’s Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence, stated that the cartoon is “primarily a problem for the government, which gives the impression of speaking in a balanced way about the conflict.”

“It is very important to include both sides of the conflict. The picture is one-sided and serves as propaganda. This is what Progress stands for in the conflict,” she added.

A difference of responsibility

The Socialist Left Party’s (SV) Heikki Holmås called the cartoon “disgusting and tasteless. Mr Norheim must now stand accountable for being one of the few in this country who think it’s okay that Israel deliberately kills children.”

Last week saw reports of about 120 Palestinians having been killed in four days. TV2 asked Mr Holmås to comment on whether Hamas uses the civilian population as human shields.

“It’s certainly true that some of those who are opposed to Hamas could have done more to stay further away from civilians than are currently doing But it is an indisputable fact that attacks on families are being carried out on families who clearly have no connection to Hamas from the Israeli side.”

“I think that over 120 Palestinians having been killed is Hamas's responsibility when they use civilians as shields. Israel does everything they can to prevent civilian lives being lost. But Israel is not faultless. Progress is critical of the Israeli housing construction on Palestinian territory,” stated Kristian Norheim.

“A shift”                                  

The Conservatives were less critical in their opinion of the drawing. Progress is their bi-partite coalition government partner.

“It’s neither worse nor better than many other drawings but is a caricature of a situation many believe is real,” foreign policy spokesman Øyvind Halleraker for the Conservatives commented.

Jonas Gahr Støre, Labour leader and the Party’s former Minister of Foreign Affairs, has criticised the current bi-partite coalition for being too vague in their criticism of Israel.

He has also stated that it is now possible to see Progress’ influence on Norwegian foreign policy.

“It [Norwegian Middle Eastern policy] has long been located at the [political] crossroads of Labour, the Conservatives (H), and Christian Democrats (KrF). The middle point of Norwegian Middle Eastern policy is shifted and is located between the Conservatives and Progress. Look at statements by Progress’ foreign policy politicians, they’re biased and brutal, already directed against the Palestinians,” he said to Aftenposten.

“Kristian Norheim, Progress’ member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence, recently declared he hoped that Israel would manage to crush Hamas. These are statements that both the Conservatives and [Foreign Minister Børge] Brende must also now take into consideration,” Mr Støre concluded.



Published on Tuesday, 15th July, 2014 at 15:07 under the news category, by Sarah Bostock and Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: israel, gaza, middleeast, norway.





  
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