In an eye-opening interview, Bruce Bawer, an American literary critic, writer and poet and a sharp critic of European anti-Semitism and radical Islam, who lives in Norway, talks to The Jerusalem Post about the outbreak of Jew-hatred and loathing of Israel in his country.
Bawer is the acclaimed author of While Europe Slept and Surrender.
Your recent essay, "Alan Dershowitz and Norwegian Anti-Semitism," featured in Pajamas Media, attracted intense attention. Why did Norwegian universities boycott Professor Dershowitz?
One of them wouldn't say. Another said he was "controversial." Yet another wanted him to talk about O.J. Simpson, but not Israel. The fact is that Norwegian universities are eager to welcome critics of Israel, apologists for terrorism, hard-line Islamists and relativizers of the Holocaust – but not defenders of Israel.
These universities consider themselves beacons of enlightenment and diversity. But being pro-Israel is, for them, over the line.