Bj?rn St?rk, a terrific Norwegian weblogger, tells this chilling personal story of how the state broadcaster there, NRK, ginned up a dishonestly-conceived and apparently bogus story about how the Israeli Embassy controls a shadowy conspiracy of Norwegian Christians. Excerpt:
I'm involved with the planning of a public meeting against terrorism in June. The meeting is part of a larger event which includes a gathering against antisemitism, and a concert to fund research on and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder caused by terrorism. This was all originally one meeting, but to make it easier to participate for those who fear that to rally against antisemitism is to support Sharon, the event was split into separate parts with different themes. [?]
One of the central people behind this event is Ester Kristoffer, a psychologist who has written about the suffering of Israeli bus drivers. Over the last two months she has gotten a name for herself in several TV debates where she has criticized the Norwegian media for an anti-Israeli bias. She's done a good job of it too.
On the Saturday evening news, NRK took revenge.
I was there during part of the filming. The journalist was quite clear on the angle. He had begun to notice a strong anti-Israeli mood in Norway, bordering on hatred, had heard about Ester's criticism of NRK and other media, and wanted to give her a chance to present her case. [?]
I didn't catch the interview, and NRK hasn't put it online, but it appears that when it aired on Saturday, the friendly angle had been replaced by a conspiracy theory in which the Israeli embassy supports a secret network of Christians, through which it hopes to manipulate Norwegian opinion. This is utterly false, pure invention. It's the kind of lie that demonstrates the inspiration of antisemitic ideas on modern anti-Israelism. People don't just spontaneously come together to contradict what everyone agrees to be common sense. No, they form secret networks, with nameless and influential members. And at the center of it all, pulling the strings, there's always a Jew.
Many more details at St?rk's site