Acclaimed author Jostein Gaarder, best known for the novel Sophie’s World, has written a critical opinion piece on Israel in Aftenposten, a Norwegian newspaper. Not surprisingly, it sparked a fiery debate on political, religious and cultural fronts.
There is an unofficial translation of Gaardner’s article, but I doubt it will ever make its way to a mainstream US newspaper.
The piece, titled “God’s chosen people”, raises several salient points.
On limits to tolerance:
“We laugh uneasily at those who still believe that the God of flora, fauna, and galaxies has selected one people in particular as his favorite and given it funny stone tablets, burning bushes, and a license to kill.”
On unscrupulous art of war:
“The state of Israel, with its unscrupulous art of war and its disgusting weapons, has massacred its own legitimacy. It has systematically flouted International Law, international conventions, and countless UN resolutions, and it can no longer expect protection from same.”
On the recent Israel-Lebanon conflict:
“We do not accept the abduction of soldiers. But nor do we accept the deportation of whole populations or the abduction of legally elected parliamentarians and government ministers.”
Salon: “hiding among civilians” is a myth