Monday, 12 September 2011

Norway: Children's book depicts Israelis as evil

Source: Norway, Israel and the Jews (Corrupting the mind of small children – Childrens book depicts Israelis as evil)

This makes any claim that Norwegian elites only want to criticize Israeli policies, but never engage in anti-Semitism ring very hollow.

As for the author, an MD and psychiatrist, it is frightening how he will use his position as an authority to contribute to inflaming an already very difficult conflict. This stinks to high heaven of bigotry, racism, and yes that horrible word, classic anti-Semitism.  Maybe the Disciplinary committee  of the Norwegian Medical Association should consider whether he is fit for the privilege he holds?  It is something really frightening when fellow medical professionals only think with their white coats, everything is a sterile laboratory experiment, nobody feels the pain, and nobody is put at risk.

Norwegian children’s books

Daddy is a pirate - a book targeting kids 5 - 12 years. Best to get them young to start the brainwash!

Pappa er sjørøvar
Hans Sande and Silje Granhaug
kr 249,-
Norwegian Nynorsk
Target audience:
5-12 years
Tuva’s Daddy is a pirate, and every summer he hops in the pirate tanker to maraud the seas. His mission is just as secret as it is scary. Every year Tuva asks if she can join Daddy on his travels. Daddy lines her up next to the measuring marks drawn on the wall. Hurray! This year, finally, she is big enough!
First they sail the sea in Finland. The tanker is full to bursting point, but where is all the water to go? They drive and drive through country after country, until eventually soldiers and a high wall stand in their way. On the other side is Palestine. But how will they get through the wall and to those who need the water most?
Pappa er sjørøvar is a rare and fresh political picture book for children. With illustrations
from Silje Granhaug, Sande takes us on a journey of warmth and importance, and asks the big questions that aren’t raised often enough. Why is the world so unfair? And what can you and I do about it?

Children’s’ books are not highest on the translator’s list over important assignments-usually. The book above (This is a copy of the publisher’s description) is an exemption.

First of all, the title: It literally says “Dad is a pirate”.
Then, the publishers: Cappelen Damm is not some fringe publisher, but on the contrary one of Norway’s largest publishing houses.

Most important, however, is the text and the illustrations- and remember, this is a book intended for children age5/ 6+.

The main action in the book is the daddy of one girl named Tuva, whose daddy is stealing water in order to get it to- you guessed it- the Palestinians, if only those evil Israelis let him pass the highest wall in the world. Those Palestinians are terribly suppressed, of course, and longs to go “home”, which we are led to understand is present day Israel. Of course, the situation for the Palestinians is “unjust”. In order to get water through to the Palestinians (Obviously, the Israelis have stolen it) Tuva’s daddy gets those brutal Israeli soldiers drunk.

The translator is not making this up.


captain mission said...

lets face it, antis semitism exists all over europe, it never went away. jews are the biggest minority and yet the most vilified, most europeans want them to move out to israel, and then when they all move to israel they want to destroy it.

Anonymous said...

Norway is a contemptibly vile place, full of right wing sentiment in a "Nanny State" disguise, full of racism, arrogance, rudeness, xenophobia, atheism, anti Americanism and anti Semitism.... I lived there for many years, the worst years of my life. If Norway wasn`t so small then I believe the world would be more aware of the underlying grotesqueness of the Norwegian people. It`s is a depressing place to live.

Gourell said...

@ Anonymous: I am an Israeli and while I have much to ctiticise about my country, I am disgusted with the European would-be-do-gooders' bon-ton of being all-out anti-Israeli, which has its roots mainly in large-scale ignorance of the true nature, history and intricacies of the Arab-Israeli conflict. Such ignorance is, indeed, reflected in this children's book.
However, your listing of atheism together with what you consider are the negative attributes of the Norwegian people seriously damages your credibility in my eyes.