Elisabeth Norheim, a Norwegian of Ethiopian descent, compared the success of Jewish people to that of Africans on a debate show broadcast on Norway's NRK network.
“Yes, yes, yes, I'm shit jealous of Jews, me," she exclaimed. "They were gassed, and then afterwards… they just starting buying up shit everywhere. They just bought up everything. I mean, they're the richest guys everywhere. We somehow just have Oprah.”
Ervin Kohn, President of Oslo's Jewish community and vice president of The Norwegian Center Against Racism, said Norheim's statement was "classic anti-Semitic conspiracy theory, namely that Jews are good business people".
"It's a stigma, it is offensive and it is racist," he said.
Norheim on Thursday told the Dagbladet newspaper that she did not wish to speak to the media as she had begun to receive death threats from people enraged by her statements.
"Due to several death threats against me and my son, I do not want to express myself in the media before my lawyer and I have consulted with the police," she said.
Norheim had been asked on the programme to argue against a proposal by the artist Mohamed Ali Fadlabi to recreate an exhibition of the Congolese Village that was held in Oslo in 1914, as a commentary on changing attitudes to race, colonialism and Africa.