Police are investigating after a series of antisemitic Facebook posts, apparently spanning years, from a Norwegian imam were revealed recently.
Noor Ahmad Noor is an imam who served as the Director for the Norway branch of Minhaj-ul-Quran, an international non-governmental Muslim organisation that is said to be thought of as moderate and geared toward outreach, for many years. As part of his role as Director, Mr Noor would have participated in meetings with top government officials.
However, he was suspended indefinitely in light of the recent news concerning his history of antisemitic Facebook posts. One of the posts allegedly stated that Jews were dangerous and “should be killed”, while another from 2019 asserted that Jews “put the world in danger” and it was “necessary to kill them.”
Addressing the allegations, the imam said: “My posts were published in frustration over attacks in Gaza. Innocent children and women were killed. My criticism and frustration should have been directed at the regime. And not against a group of people. I apologise.”
Releasing its own statement, Minhaj-ul-Quran wrote: “These are attitudes and values we have zero tolerance for as a religious community. This is contrary to what we have been working for for decades.”
In February, a host on Norway’s state-owned broadcaster went on an antisemitic rant on live radio referring pejoratively to Israel as “God’s chosen people”.