May 3, 2012
Members of Norway’s tiny Jewish community on Tuesday welcomed the wall-to-wall denunciation of Johan Galtung, the prominent Norwegian academic who made anti-Semitic comments earlier in the week.
Rabbi Shaul Wilhelm, Chabad’s emissary to the country, said he was pleased with the widespread criticism of Galtung, who pioneered the discipline of peace studies and conflict resolution.
“He is a known anti-Semite and anti-Israel voice in Norway so he’s not mainstream, but all the newspapers mentioned it and criticized him, so that was quite nice,” said Wilhelm. “On the other hand, he founded the peace research institute that receives funding from the government. Obviously, he is cited in those circles where people search for reference points.”
Galtung made anti-Semitic and anti-Israel remarks in a speech and subsequent email interview with Haaretz, the newspaper reported on Monday.
This article was posted: Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 2:48 am