NORWAY: ‘Anti-Racist’ group demands Jews be banned from attending Kristallnacht Memorial

tumblr_nereuf24I51s4lolfo6_500Norway, Israel and the Jews reports that a so-called anti-racism group known as ‘SOS Racism’ demanded that Jews in Bergen be excluded from a weekend commemoration of Kristallnacht — the night of broken glass — a series of widespread attacks 76 years ago targeting Jews living under Nazi Germany.

The Blaze (h/t bonampak)  Also, in neighboring Denmark, a socialist alliance used the Kristallnacht ceremony to raise funds for Gaza, according to the New Antisemite, a blog that tracks European anti-Semitism. Kristallnacht took place on Nov. 9 and 10, 1938. “[S]elf-labeled anti-racists have a difficult time internalizing that on the Kristallnacht we commemorate Jews and the destruction of Jews in Europe,” a blogger at Norway, Israel and the Jews observed.

A Jewish shop in Berlin during Kristallnacht
A Jewish shop destroyed by the Nazis in Berlin during Kristallnacht

“In Bergen the ‘new’ SOS Racism refused to participate in the Kristallnacht commemoration since a representative from the Mosaic Congregation was invited, yes, they balked at a Jew participating,” Israel, Norway and the Jews blog added.

Dr. Efraim Zuroff, director of the Israel office of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a Jewish human rights group, called the Norway incident a “classic” example of  using the events of the Holocaust to attack the Nazis’ primary victims, the Jews.”

“Nye SOS Rasisme” say they will conduct their own procession with banners against Israel, such as “Zionism is Racism”.  On their website they explain that the day marks opposition to racism, harassment and genocide, but that today Israel is a racist state. The New English Review which focuses on issues of anti-terrorism, jihad and shariah called the effort to exclude Jews from the Kristallnacht commemoration a “moral inversion.” “Call it anti-Israelism or Palestinism, it depicts IDF soldiers defending the sovereignty of the Jewish nation as the equivalent of Nazi storm troopers.”

Photograph of a synagogue burning during the 1938 Kristallnacht pogroms
Photograph of a synagogue burning during the 1938 Kristallnacht pogroms