On Wednesday, June 13, during an Internet search, I ran across a left-wing Norwegian blog with which I was previously unfamiliar. The posting I stumbled upon dated back to February and was concerned with what it described as my many lies about Norway. Chief among these lies, apparently, is my claim that "there is strong antisemitism in Norway's 'elite.'" The blogger claimed to find this claim outrageous. "Does he not know the labour party [sic] has historical strong ties with Israel? That a recent prime minister was a devoted friend of Israel?"
Less than an hour later, I followed a link in my inbox to a just-posted Jerusalem Post article by Benjamin Weinthal headlined "Norwegian student in Oslo burns Jewish pupil." The story, which was originally reported on June 12 by a Norwegian Jewish blog, Med Israel for Fred (With Israel for Peace) – MIFF for short – was straightforward enough: on June 11, at an Oslo secondary school barbecue, an ethnic Norwegian student had burned a Jewish classmate with a red-hot coin, leaving "a very visible burn on the boy's neck." In a letter to Norway's Minister of Justice, Grete Faremo, the Simon Wiesenthal Center complained that "this child has been the subject of anti-Semitic bullying and violence for the past two years, reportedly, because his father is Israeli," but that "there has been no reaction by the school, the police or governmental authorities." The Wiesenthal Center complained that "the silence of the school, the police and your government is too reminiscent of another Norway, under the WWII Nazi collaborator, Quisling."