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Utøya Israel statements provoke Christians. A speaker’s belief that last year’s Utøya terror attack was a punishment from God have incensed Norway Christian Democratic (KrF) politicians. Norwegian author Per Haakonsen made the statement during his “Anti-Semitic attitudes in Norway amongst Christians with emphasis on our own time” lecture at a meeting held by the Party’s local Sarspborg representatives, to which he was invited. Declaring that “the Utøya massacre can be seen in light of the increasingly inflamed relations between Israel and Norway and recent diplomatic controversies”, he also drew parallels with 1970’s Alexander Kielland disaster which killed 123 people. He bases his statement on the fact that it happened shortly afterwards Norway refused to sell Israel oil.

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Utøya Israel statements provoke Christians

Published on Monday, 23rd January, 2012 at 21:13 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Nicoleta Dumitrache Sincan   .

A speaker’s belief that last year’s Utøya terror attack was a punishment from God have incensed Norway Christian Democratic (KrF) politicians.

Knut Arild Hareide
Mr Hareide finds Per Haakonsen's remarks 'completely unacceptable' Knut Arild Hareide
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Norwegian author Per Haakonsen made the statement during his “Anti-Semitic attitudes in Norway amongst Christians with emphasis on our own time” lecture at a meeting held by the Party’s local Sarspborg representatives, to which he was invited.

Declaring that “the Utøya massacre can be seen in light of the increasingly inflamed relations between Israel and Norway and recent diplomatic controversies”, he also drew parallels with 1970’s Alexander Kielland disaster which killed 123 people. He bases his statement on the fact that it happened shortly afterwards Norway refused to sell Israel oil.

"It is thought-provoking that both the two major accidents in Norway after the WWII can be linked to Norway's relationship to Israel. Instinctively, we must ask, could these accidents have been avoided if we had had a more positive relationship with Israel?" he said, claiming his view met no opposition in Sarpsborg.

Mr Haakonsen tells NRK he would be holding the same speech in Fredrikstad in March, and that “God is not just good, but he is also the God of wrath. That’s the painful truth.”

One of the participants at the meeting, Alf Wilhelmsen, says, “I think it's bad that the Christian Democratic Party invites speakers with such extreme views to their meetings. Would God really have used a carefully planned terrorist act to punish and warn people? I am shocked that someone can have such opinions, and I feel that this souring the Christian message."

KrF leader Knut Arild Hareide calls the links made at the lecture as “completely unacceptable.”

“What happened on Utøya last summer was completely pointless, nothing more than that,” Christian newspaper Vårt Land reports him as saying.

Party colleague Line Henriette Hjemdal MP tells Aftenposten Mr Haakonsen’s statement,” is not in line with the fundamental values the Christian Democratic Party stands for, as far as I’m concerned.”

Whilst Sarpsborg KrF’s leader, Inger Marit Sverresen, supports his ideas, suggesting people do their own research to see if his learned point-of-view is valid instead of condemning him, Israeli officials have strongly distanced themselves from Mr Haakonsen’s remarks.

“Israel rejects speculations about the tragedy that took place on 22 July 2011. Israel has condemned this barbaric terrorist attack in the strongest possible way via others, including President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Netanyahu. The latter emphasized that we completely identify ourselves with the victims of this disaster in Israel, and are deeply shocked by the crime,” they write in a press release issued by the country’s embassy in Oslo.



Published on Monday, 23rd January, 2012 at 21:13 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Nicoleta Dumitrache Sincan   .

This post has the following tags: utoeyashootings, andersbehringbreivikattacks, alexanderkiellanddisaster.





  
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