Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman (Yisrael Beiteinu) has added Norway to his “black list,” headed by Sweden, where the tabloid Aftonbladet has published a sequel to its allegation last week that the Israeli army sold body parts of Arabs.
This time the newspaper interviewed the family of Bilial Ahmed, which claims that his organs were harvested after he was killed by the IDF in 1992. As in the first article, an official Israeli response was omitted.
Lieberman took aim at Norway during a ceremony Sunday at the Ariel University in Samaria, where he presented political science degrees to graduates. During his convocation address, he stated, “I am amazed to see that the Norwegian government decided to celebrate the 150th birthday of the author Knut Hamsun, who admired the Nazis.”
Hamsun won a Nobel Prize for his work in the 1920s and gave it to Nazi propagandist Josef Goebbels in 1943. The author also wrote in a eulogy for Hitler that he fought in the name of humanity. He also publicly expressed support for Nazis when they invaded Norway in the beginning of World War II.
Foreign Minister Lieberman also reminded the students that Norway was one of the few countries that did not walk out of a speech by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at the Durban 2 conference on racism in Switzerland earlier this year.
“Today it is clear that is not a coincidence. Norway has crossed the red line,” he concluded.
The Swedish tabloid’s blood libel continues to anger Israel, where Mitzpeh Yericho resident Moran Hajibi has launched a petition to boycott the Swedish companies IKEA, Volvo and H & M.
IKEA responded that the company is not political and “enjoys an excellent relationship with Israeli consumers.”