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The Foreigner Norway Royals move on controversial awardee. UPDATED: Norway’s Royal Court has postponed conferring the Kings Medal of Honour award on Trond Ali Linstad indefinitely. This afternoon’s move comes following the National Theatre’s cancellation of the ceremony “out of consideration for children’s safety” earlier today, as reported by TV2. The fracas over today’s now cancelled events started yesterday. Oslo Jewish Community spokesperson Ervin Kohn denounced Mr Linstad’s award in periodical Vepsen as not setting the right tone and “degrades the dignity to all those who have received it [the medal].”

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Norway Royals move on controversial awardee

Published on Tuesday, 13th November, 2012 at 13:41 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Lyndsey Smith      .
Last Updated on 13th November 2012 at 16:33.

UPDATED: Norway’s Royal Court has postponed conferring the Kings Medal of Honour award on Trond Ali Linstad indefinitely.



This afternoon’s move comes following the National Theatre’s cancellation of the ceremony “out of consideration for children’s safety” earlier today, as reported by TV2.

The fracas over today’s now cancelled events started yesterday. Oslo Jewish Community spokesperson Ervin Kohn denounced Mr Linstad’s award in periodical Vepsen as not setting the right tone and “degrades the dignity to all those who have received it [the medal].”

Mr Linstad, a convert to Islam and now a Shia, has made several contentious remarks about Jews recently. 

He is also a former member of the Palestine Committee, ex Workers’ Communist Party (AKP) card-carrier during the ‘70s, and has attacked Israel on several occasions.

The Jewish community spokesperson also referred to Mr Linstad’s article on website koranen.no where the awardee, its current editor, employs standard anti-Semitic remarks about the myth of Jews’ concealed power.

Terje Emberland at the Holocaust Centre in Oslo called the royal award to Mr Linstad in light of his remarks “a scandal”.

“Mr Linstad plays on the classic Jewish world conspiracy theory”, he said to Vepsen, “as if Jews are an entity working collectively for an evil plan.”

Oslo Mayor, the Conservatives’ (FrP) Fabian Stang refused to confer the medal on the awardee, telling Aftenposten yesterday, “I usually do this with pleasure, but considered it problematic in this case.”

“Mr Linstad has undoubtably made a good contribution in some areas, but I must be able to identify with the receiver to a slightly greater extent in order to confer it,” he added.

According to koranen.no, his work with the Islamic Foundation’s Urtehagen, which amongst other things operates pre-schools and schools for Muslim children, is the reason for the award.

Royal Court communications director Marianne Hagen says about today’s indefinite postponement decision, “we’ve had a conversation with Mr Linstad.”

“We find the matter complex and have asked for more time to consider it. We’re going to talk more with Mr Linstad and have a meeting on Monday.”




Published on Tuesday, 13th November, 2012 at 13:41 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Lyndsey Smith      .
Last updated on 13th November 2012 at 16:33.

This post has the following tags: trondalilinstad, kingsmedalofhonourcontroversy, norwayking.





  
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