Norwegian woman found guilty of antisemitism following dissemination of hateful comments against Jews online

A woman in her 50s from Oslo has been sentenced to six months in prison after sending hateful messages to both Jews and close family members.

In total, the police registered 77 messages with illegal content sent to the Jewish Community of Oslo from the beginning of November 2023 to the end of February 2024.

Some of the woman’s statements included “get out of my country you religious fanatics,” “I am antisemitic,” “Jews are the worst people on this earth,” “the world doesn’t want more Jews,” and “I want the Jews paragraph,” according to the judgment from the Oslo district court.

The “Jews paragraph” refers to a section in the Constitution that, among other things, once denied Jews access to the kingdom. This paragraph was amended in 1851.

An employee of the Jewish Community of Oslo testified in the district court that she received a total of 136 emails from the woman expressing hatred towards her as a Jew. She described the experience as very unpleasant, affecting her sense of security, causing sleep disturbances, and dreading going to work.

The woman explained in court that she sent the hate messages aimed at Jews as a result of the war in Gaza, expressing her anger by targeting the Jewish religious community.

Additionally, the woman was convicted of sending offensive emails to a local office belonging to the Norwegian Church, where she told the congregation to go to hell and get on the first flight to Gaza. She also threatened to shoot a named person related to her.

The Oslo district court sentenced the woman to six months in prison, with four months of the sentence suspended. She was also ordered to have no contact with the three family members for one year to prevent further criminal activity.


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