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A characteristic of the new antisemitism spreading in Europe and elsewhere is that it is perfectly possible to both remember the Holocaust and lampoon today’s Israel at the same time.

A perfect example of this was today’s report for Norwegian public radio, by NRK’s correspondent in the Middle East, Sidsel Wold.

Her topic was the current government’s self-isolation and stubbornness: They have once more humiliated president Obama’s envoy George Mitchell, the prime minister proclaiming upon his arrival that Israel will not give up settlements.

This stubbornness is stoking anti-Israeli feelings in international opinion and making life harder for the diaspora. Those were her words.

This is the perfect moral vicious circle: the Jews themselves are to blame. If there are antisemitic attacks outside Israel, it is the government of Israel’s fault.

Sidsel Wold has herself contributed to this isolation by consistent, onesided reporting over the years. If Israel appears intransigent, it is because reporters like her choose to portray Israel thus.

Her damning verdict of Israel is a self-fulfilling prophecy. By blaming Israel she has exonerated herself from blame. It is a shrewd and dangerous strategy, and self-delusional. But too transparent to succeed.

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