Last March, as it just happens, famed lawyer and legal scholar Alan Dershowitz of Harvard, wrote an article published in the Wall Street Journal on the Norwegians, anti-Semitism and the defamation of Israel. As it turns out, the Israel defamation movement has a friend in Norwegian politics and academics.
News reports are that the Norwegian killer wrote sympathetically about Israel. Be prepared to take a lot of grief for that if you are pro-Israel.
So, message to any right-thinkers who might be of a similar mind: don’t confuse Israeli self-defense with any anti-Muslim ideology. Arabic is one of the two official languages of Israel. We should be against political Islam, not Islam. And besides, you are not a state while Israel is.
One more point: this struggle is about winning hearts and minds, not playing into the hands of the radical Islamists.
But I particularly don’t like the role the mainstream media has played in this debate. For instance, the Daily Camera ran a story on the diversity of those killed at the Norwegian summer camp. Really? Other reports described that the day before the camp leaders spewed anti-Israel invective and called for the boycott of Israel and support of the Palestinians at the UN. So, are they just expressing justice for Palestinians, or are they spewing an anti-Jewish line?
Also, this from JTA on Tuesday: As Norway’s Jews mourn, concern about muting of pro-Israel voices