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1 August 2011, 1 Av 5771.
1. Nordic Israelism:  Early Predecessors.
2. Kjell Artun and Minoan (Ancient Cyprus) Links with Scandinavia.
3. Kristen Dossland
4. British King George-vi Believed in British Israel.
5. Norway Terrorist  and Identity Beliefs.
Norway's Bigotry.
Is terrorism against Israel really more justified than terrorism against Norway?
by Alan M. Dershowitz


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1. Nordic Israelism:  Early Predecessors


A 15th century Latin chronicle, "Chronicon Holsatiae vetus", found in Gottfried Leibniz's Accessiones historicae (1698), states the Danes were of the Tribe of Dan, while the Jutes the Jews.[1]
Quoted in Sharon Turner's "History of the Anglo-Saxons" vol.I., 1799-1805, p. 130 and Suhm: Critisk Historie af Danmark, Vol. 1 (1774), p. 175)

 Later the antiquarian Henry Spelman in 1620 had further claimed that the Danes were the Israelite Tribe of Dan, based on the apparent similarity in name.[2]
Witnesses to the Israelite Origin of the Nordic , Germanic, and Anglo-Saxon Peoples by Mikkel Stjernholm Kragh
Sir Henry Spelman (born Congham, Norfolk c.1562 and died 1641) was an English antiquary, noted for his detailed collections of medieval records, in particular of church councils.

In the 18th century the Swedish historian Olof von Dalin believed that the ancient Finns (alongside Lapps and Estonians) who sprung from the Neuri descended ultimately from the lost tribes of Israel:
"...the Neuri seem to be remnants of the Ten Tribes of Israel which Shalmaneser, king of Assyria, brought as captives out of Canaan... [When one realises that] the language of the ancient Finns, Lapps and Estonians is similar to the Hebrew and even that this people in ancient times reckoned their year's beginning from the first of March, and Saturday as their Sabbath, then one sees that the Neuri in all probability had this origin."[3]
Svearikes Historia, Volume 1, 1747: pages 54-55.

John Eurenius (1688-1751), a Swedish pastor in Torsuker, Angermanland, Sweden, also connected the Israelites to the Nordic countries, in his Atlantica Orientalis (1751) he theorised that the Gods of Norse mythology were deified descendants from the middle-east, who he connected to Israel.[4]
 Svearikes Historia, Volume 1, 1747: pages 54-55.

 Olof Rudbeck the Younger in the 18th century also attempted to prove that the Nordic languages sprung from Hebrew.[5]
S. Gusten Olsen, "The Incredible Nordic Origins", (1981), p. 63.

2. Kjell Artun and Minoan (Ancient Cyprus) Links with Scandinavia.
Kjell Artun was one of several researchers (inbcluding Cyrus Gordon) who attempted to decipher Minoan-A and prove its Semitic
origin. In  1994 Artun published "Runer" (in Norwegian, in  Oslo) tracing Runic writing to Anatolia, Israel, and Cyprus.

Artun appears to be a recognized academic but his claims were lambasted. It was said he interpreted inscriptions whose existence only he was able to perceive!
We had received his work and even though I cannot read Norwegian it had made an impression on us so the academic response was a disappointment.

Kjell Aartun

Wikipedia with Google translation from Norwegian and some editing of our own.

Kjell Aartun Kjell Aartun
Born 6. 6. juli 1925 July 1925 (86 years)
Dr. Philosophy 1978
By Profession theologian and philologist, government scholarship

Kjell Aartun (born July 6, 1925 in Sjernariy ) is a Norwegian theologian and philologist . He has held a government scholarship in Semitic languages - and cultural science since 1983 and  among other things is known for a number of controversial works concerning runic interpretation and the Minoan [Ancient Cyprus cf. Phohilistine] culture. ...has been accused of conducting pseudoscience . 1954, took the Greek bifag in 1956 and was a Research Fellow 1956-1961, and research fellow and lecturer 1962-1965. ...He was then a research fellow in Berlin 1965-1968, and lecturer / professor at Stavanger Teacher College from 1968 to 1992. ... In breaks from work in Stavanger, he was senior lecturer in Jerusalem in 1971, director of the Swedish Theological Institute in Jerusalem in 1974 and senior lecturer in Semitic at Lund University 1976-1978.  Philos. dissertation Die Partikeln Dec Ugaritischen (published in two volumes, Kevelaer , 1974/1978), the Ugaritic language .

Kjell Aartun has been a member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters since 1986. He was awarded the Rogaland Academy award, is a member of Deutsche Gesellschaft Morgenlandischen, and received in August 2001 the King's Medal of Merit in Gold for outstanding scientific work on Ancient Semitic language and culture.

At the beginning of the 1990s  Kjell Aartun began to publish a series of books on runology and Minoan culture that was perceived as controversial. ... In short, his theories out on all runic inscriptions from the Viking age and older, as in the Oseberg find , is written in a Semitic language, partly with hieroglyphics and Linear A characters, [2] and that the content is highly erotic texts that refer to an oriental fertility cult. [3] From this, he believes that Norway was inhabited by Semitic tribes in 2000 f.Kr, and that they were so dominant that the language and culture were Semitic until the language was replaced by Old Norse around 800 AD e.Kr without leaving any traces. Ancient Norse language (which is partly reconstructed with the help of rune stones)  consequently never existed. [4] Furthermore, he believes that the older Minoan culture was Semitic, [5] and that he has solved two of the written research greatest mysteries, [6] Linear A and the Phaistos-discus . [7] [8] Theses submitted in the comprehensive two-volume Die Minoische Schrift, published in the prestigious academic publisher Harrassowitz Verlag , with support from the Norwegian Research Council.

Aartun's rune interpretations, and his theories of Semitic migration to Norway has faced strong opposition from the Norwegian researchers, [9] and amongst academics he has been accused of conducting pseudoscience. [10] Internationally, he is one of many who believe that they have deciphered Linear A and Phaistos-discus . [11]

3. Kristen Dossland 
Kristen Dossland  some decades back quoted a large number of Scandinavian Academic authorities (of that time) whose studies indicated Israelite or Middle Eastern origins for at least part of the Scandinavian

4. British King George-vi Believed in British Israel.
# I am sure the British Israelite business is true. I have read a lot about it lately and everything no matter how large or small points to our being the chosen race.# King George VI of the United Kingdom and the British Commonwealth of Nations (regent 1936-1952). Emperor of India, and the father of Queen Elizabeth II

5. Norway Terrorist  and Identity Beliefs.
Anders Behring Breivik who on July 23, 2011, carried out a terrorist attack against Norwegian youth of the ruling labor party and killed ca. 76.  According to one report, the youths who were attacked had been engaged in anti-Israel activities, had anti-Israel banners strung up and had met with government ministers demanding more pro-Palestinian policies a day or two before.
Anders Behring Breivik explained his action as a protest against what he perceives to be the growing Islamicization of Norway.
The perpetrator appears to have been an economically successful computer specialist and farmer.
Despite his intellect he evidently suffered from psychological and social pressures.
He had expressed pro-Israel sentiments in the past BUT also expressed interest in a number of other groups of different and contrary direction.
Some reports say he had expressed interest in the Israelite origins of Nordic peoples BUT even if this is true he had also been interested in a large number of other issues.

Norway's Bigotry

Is terrorism against Israel really more justified than terrorism against Norway?
by Alan M. Dershowitz

In a recent interview, Norway's Ambassador to Israel has suggested that Hamas terrorism against Israel is more justified than the recent terrorist attack against Norway. His reasoning is that, "We Norwegians consider the occupation to be the cause of the terror against Israel." In other words terrorism against Israeli citizens is the fault of Israel. The terrorism against Norway, on the other hand, was based on "an ideology that said that Norway, particularly the Labor Party, is foregoing Norwegian culture." It is hard to imagine that he would make such a provocative statement without express approval from the Norwegian government.

I can't remember many other examples of so much nonsense compressed in such short an interview. First of all, terrorism against Israel began well before there was any "occupation". The first major terrorist attack against Jews who had long lived in Jerusalem and Hebron began in 1929, when the leader of the Palestinian people, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, ordered a religiously-motivated terrorist attack that killed hundreds of religious Jews-many old, some quite young. Terrorism against Jews continued through the 1930s. Once Israel was established as a state, but well before it captured the West Bank, terrorism became the primary means of attacking Israel across the Jordanian, Egyptian and Lebanese borders. If the occupation is the cause of the terror against Israel, what was the cause of all the terror that preceded any occupation?
Norway is the most anti-Semitic and anti-Israel country in Europe today.

I was not surprised to hear such ahistorical bigotry from a Norwegian Ambassador. Norway is the most anti-Semitic and anti-Israel country in Europe today. I know, because I experienced both personally during a recent visit and tour of universities. No university would invite me to lecture, unless I promised not to discuss Israel. Norway forbids Jewish ritual slaughter, but not Islamic ritual slaughter. Its political and academic leaders openly make statements that cross the line from anti-Zionism to anti-Semitism, such as when Norway's former Prime Minister condemned Barak Obama for appointing a Jew as his Chief of Staff. No other European leader would make such a statement and get away with it. In Norway, this bigoted statement was praised, as were similar statements made by a leading academic.

The very camp that was attacked by the lone terrorist was engaged in an orgy of anti-Israel hatred the day before the shooting. Yet I would not ever claim that it was Norway's anti-Semitism that "caused" the horrible act of terrorism against young Norwegians.

The causes of terrorism are multifaceted but at bottom they have a common cause: namely a belief that violence is the proper response to policies that the terrorists disagree with. The other common cause is that terrorism has often been rewarded. Norway, for example, has repeatedly rewarded Palestinian terrorism against Israel, while punishing Israel for its efforts to protect its civilians. While purporting to condemn all terrorist acts, the Norwegian government has sought to justify Palestinian terrorism as having a legitimate cause. This clearly is an invitation to continued terrorism.

It is important for the world never to reward terrorism by supporting the policies of those who employ it as an alternative to reason discourse, diplomatic resolution or political compromise.

...the Ambassador made clear in his benighted interview, "those of us who believe [the occupation to be the cause of the terror against Israel] will not change their minds because of the attack in Oslo." In other words, they will persist in their bigoted view that Israel is the cause of the terrorism directed at it, and that if only Israel were to end the occupation (as it offered to do in 2000-2001 and again in 2007), the terrorism will end. Even Hamas, which Norway supports in many ways, has made clear that it will not end its terrorism as long as Israel continues to exist. Hamas believes that Israel's very existence is the cause of the terrorism against it. That sounds a lot like the ranting of the man who engaged in the act of terrorism against Norway.

The time is long overdue for Norwegians to do some deep soul searching about their sordid history of complicity with all forms of bigotry ranging from the anti-Semitic Nazis to the anti-Semitic Hamas. There seems to be a common thread.

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