Government increases efforts to combat anti-Semitism

Minister of Local Government and Modernisation Jan Tore Sanner ( Conservative Party )Minister of Local Government and Modernisation Jan Tore Sanner ( Conservative Party ).Photo: Terje Pedersen / NTB scanpix

The government has set up eleven measures in a comprehensive effort against anti-Semitism in society. “This is a joint responsibility,” says Local Government and Modernisation Minister Jan Tore Sanner.

“It is not the Jews’ responsibility to combat anti-Semitism. It is a common responsibility we bear as society at large.
“Now we take that responsibility – together,” says Sanner in connection with the presentation of the action plan against anti-Semitism at the House of Literature in Oslo on Sunday.
The measures are intended to lay the foundation for a comprehensive and systematic efforts against antisemitism.
One of the measures is that all police districts will now be able to register antisemitism as a motive for hate crimes. The priorities lie within the justice sector, research, culture, and education.
“More than half of all Jewish students in Norwegian schools say they have experienced anti-Semitism. Norwegian students get ‘Jew’ thrown at them in the schoolyard as if it were a dirty word. We cannot have this,” says Sanner.
The action plan is part of the government’s work for inclusion and to combat discrimination and hate speech.
The government will also present a general strategy against hate speech in the autumn.
Sanner launched the plan with Children and Equality Minister Solveig Horne.
Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today