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Norway Conservative leader compares Muslim and Jewish harassment. Erna Solberg believes that Muslims are subject to the same sort of discrimination as Jews were in 1930s Europe. “The way the extreme, anti-Islamic groups view Muslims today is similar to the manner extreme anti-Semitic groups spoke of Jews in the decades leading up to World War II”, said the Conservative Party (H) leader to VG. Muslims are not receiving the same sort of treatment that Jews did in the 1930s, but Solberg still believes that anti-Muslim racism is rife.

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Norway Conservative leader compares Muslim and Jewish harassment

Published on Monday, 8th August, 2011 at 10:12 under the news category, by Gareth Corfield.

Erna Solberg believes that Muslims are subject to the same sort of discrimination as Jews were in 1930s Europe.

Erna Solberg
Erna Solberg
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“The way the extreme, anti-Islamic groups view Muslims today is similar to the manner extreme anti-Semitic groups spoke of Jews in the decades leading up to World War II”, said the Conservative Party (H) leader to VG.

Muslims are not receiving the same sort of treatment that Jews did in the 1930s, but Solberg still believes that anti-Muslim racism is rife.

“Anders Behring Breivik’s bomb attack on Oslo and shooting massacre on Utøya Island make one contemplate that this cannot be dismissed as something coming from outside our community. The feeling is quite strong. He has - albeit much earlier - attended the same school as my children, which means we have to approach any questions about threats to our society from another direction.”

Ms Solberg emphasises her interaction with minorities in Norway. She says Norwegians must rally round each other and reject racism despite Breivik’s attacks.

“I have had a lot of contact with youths from a minority background who were born and raised in Norway. The biggest challenge still to be met is that they are not Norwegian. This means everything from discrimination when out at night, to continually being faced with questions about where they really come from. They are met with different expectations based on prejudice, and many individual Muslims are expected to be accountable for the actions of all Muslims.”

Solberg’s comments are set against the public perception of Muslim immigrants introducing a foreign culture to Norway. Breivik’s attacks in Oslo and Utøya were, according to his manifesto, spurred on by a combination of successive governments’ policies on immigration and by the views of anti-Islam bloggers who claim the religion is totally incompatible with Western democracy.



Published on Monday, 8th August, 2011 at 10:12 under the news category, by Gareth Corfield.

This post has the following tags: ernasolberg, andersbehringbreivik, oslobombing, utoeyashootings, anti-muslim, anti-semitism.





  
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