Norwegian anti-Israel activist has national award rescinded

By Anna Sheinman, November 14, 2012
King Harald V of Norway (Photo: AP)

King Harald V of Norway (Photo: AP)

A well known Norwegian activist who has advocated Arab terrorism against the state of Israel has had a prestigious award withdrawn by the state of Norway.

Trond Ali Linstad was nominated to receive Norway's Royal Medal of Merit, which recognises service in the fields of art, science and industry and outstanding public service.

The award was to recognise his work in promoting education for immigrants. He is the founder of Urtehagen, an Islamic charity that runs nurseries and educational programmes for women.

However, he warns on his website that his readers should be “beware of the Jews” and writes about the control Jews have over the media and politics. He defends violence against Israel as a “great success” and frequently uses the term "Kharibat Khybar!” which the US based Anti Defamation League states is: “a recognized jihadist term for violence against Jews in the context of anti-Israel actions”.

The medal was due to be awarded on Tuesday by Oslo Mayor Fabian Stang on behalf of the King of Norway, Harald V. “I usually award the king’s service medals with pleasure, but in this case I evaluated it as problematic,” Mayor Stang told Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten.

Last updated: 10:55am, November 14 2012