Norwegians will take to the polls on Monday to elect 169 representatives for the Storting, the country’s supreme legislature. Nationalist party Alliansen (The Alliance) was founded less than one year ago and hence has no current parliamentary representation, but has been a breath of fresh air in the months leading up to the election, receiving plenty of media coverage in their bid to enter the Storting. The party’s founder and leader is the charismatic Hans Jørgen Lysglimt Johansen, who gained notoriety in Norway for supporting Donald Trump during the 2016 US presidential election.
Alliansen is calling for a referendum on Norway’s membership of the European Economic Area (EEA), arguing that the decision to join the EEA was taken arbitrarily by then-Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland and the Labour party, despite the Norwegian people voting to stay out of the EU (and thereby, in Lysglimt Johansen’s understanding, any form of a supranational union) in 1972 and again in 1994. Lysglimt Johansen also aspires to close the Norwegian borders to any further immigration, implement direct democracy, and promote awareness of Norwegian history, language and identity. He opposes globalism, organised begging as well as gay marriage.
The party leader is very active on Facebook, and has used the social networking service as a platform to openly and repeatedly criticise Zionist influence on American aggression in the Middle East, which has sent shockwaves through the entire Norwegian political discourse. He argues that Norway has been one of America’s most active allies in these conflicts, and that the Zionists have now got Iran in the crosshairs, meaning that Norway is likely to be dragged into war with Iran in the near future. He believes that the Zionist lobby is the dominant power factor in the US, which explains why the country is constantly fighting wars in the Middle East on Israel’s behalf. He argues that this should undoubtedly be the most important topic for all parties in the Norwegian election campaigning, because of the threat this poses to Norway, but claims that no one else has the guts to mention it. In his opinion, the Norwegian election boils down to a choice between the patriotic Norwegians of Alliansen, and the globalists controlling all other parties.
His remarks have led to widespread condemnation. Ervin Kohn, president of the Jewish community in Oslo and VP of communication at the Norwegian Centre Against Racism, is furious that Lysglimt Johansen unashamedly legitimises “anti-semitic conspiracy theories”. Kohn goes on to claim that Lysglimt Johansen is treading into the “mother of all conspiracy theories”, the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, by simply criticising Jewish influence on Norwegian media and politics.
The initial results of the Norwegian election will be announced around 22.00 CET on Monday.