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US Foreign Policy (Dr. El-Najjar's Articles)
Zionists and US Islamophobes Behind
Norwegian Killer Breivik
By Lawrence Davidson
Redress, Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, August 9, 2011
Lawrence Davidson views the Israelis and Americans
responsible for cultivating the environment in which Norwegian mass
murderer Anders Behring Breivik thrived and found encouragement.
Israel and its "right-wing Zionists"
By now the world is aware that, despite the ardent wishful thinking of
the Western media, the terrorism that struck Oslo on 22 July 2011 was not
perpetrated by a Muslim individual or organization. It was done by a local
Norwegian named Anders Behring Breivik. The object of his terror was the
Norwegian government and its cultural and foreign policies. The
government’s sins seem to have been being too much in favour of
multiculturalism, too little opposed to Muslims and, not being an ally of
Breivik is at the violent end of a continuum of fear and
loathing of those who are culturally and/or religiously different. In this
case, Muslim immigrants in Europe. Like millions of others along this
anti-Other continuum, he is angry that people different from himself are
showing up in his neighbourhood. It probably never occurred to him that
given one or two generations most of these outsiders would be brought to
share the culture and outlook of their adopted lands. Breivik did not have
the patience for such a process of assimilation. What he did have was a)
the will to carry out violence against innocent people, b) the belief that
such violence would spark an anti-Muslim turn in Norwegian politics and c)
a sense that he had allies around the world who would applaud his action.
Only b was fantasy.
Anders Behring Breivik had written down a
runs to some 1,500 pages. In this message he identified those who he saw
as his allies. He had not, of course, consulted them on this status but he
really did not have to. They had been fighting in his chosen cause for a
long time and he admired them for their effort. He strongly identified
with their worldview and he took encouragement from the general atmosphere
of a "clash of civilizations" that they had created. Some had fought for
the cause with violence, some had not. But he knew that they were all on
the same side.
“Breivik the terrorist concludes: ‘let us fight
together with Israel, with our Zionist brothers against
anti-Zionists, against all cultural Marixts/multiculturists.’
The man had found an ideological home.”
Israel’s Jerusalem Post has
looked into this side of Breivik’s manifesto. The paper notes that it
"mentions Israel 359 times and Jews 324 times". Not all of these are
positive. Breivik does not like Jews of left-wing, multiculturist
leanings. Overall, the Jerusalem Post describes the manifesto as
"an extreme, bizarre and rambling screed of Islamophobia, far-right
Zionism and venomous attacks on Marxism and multiculturalism". Considering
the fact that "far-right Zionism" has governed Israel for decades and also
characterizes the behaviour of most American Zionist organizations,
Breivik identification with them is, as we will see, more logical than
bizarre. Breivik the terrorist concludes: "let us fight together with
Israel, with our Zionist brothers against anti-Zionists, against all
cultural Marixts/multiculturists." The man had found an ideological home.
Many of Israel’s "far-right Zionists" quickly recognized their alliance
with Anders Behring Breivik in exact proportion to their feeling that
Norway was an ally of the Palestinians. Most in the US will be unaware of
this fact because these expressions of approval appear almost exclusively
in Israel’s Hebrew press and internet. I do not think that what one finds
there is, as
Ziv Lenchner, a Hebrew columnist for the Israeli news website Ynet
claims, a window onto general Israeli public opinion, but I do think we
can be pretty sure it represents the outlook of Israel’s ruling rightists.
Here are some of these positions as translated by
1. One "They [the Norwegian victims] have it coming... Anyone who
acts without mercy towards us [Israel], there’s no reason I should
2. "Maybe they’ll learn in Oslo that they are not
immune they’ll feel what many Israelis have felt..."
Norwegians and Europe generally are super-anti-Semitic. So, 100 people
are killed there... I don’t pity them they’re my enemies they hate
Israel so they have it coming!"
4. The boy [Breivik) wanted to
send a message. Extreme, yes, but they [the Norwegian government that
supports the Palestinians] don’t understand anything else."
"It’s time for Europe to deal with these Arabs. From my point of view
they could kill one million of them here too."
Goldberg estimates that comments ran "3- or 4-to-1 hostile rather than
sympathetic. That is hostile to Norway and Breivik’s victims. There was a
general sense that "the killer was right and the victims had it coming".
This attitude has also found its way into the Israeli intelligentsia.
A good example of this is Barry Rubin, Deputy Director of the Begin-Sadat
Centre for Strategic Studies. Soon after the attacks in Oslo Rubin wrote
an article entitled "The
Oslo Syndrome". In it he claims that there is deep irony in the
actions of the Norwegian terrorist. Specifically, he believes that "the
youth political camp he [Breivik] attacked was at the time engaged in what
was essentially (though the campers did not see it that way, no doubt) a
pro-terrorist programme". Thus, at least the camp victims (whether they
knew it or not) were supporting terrorists and that resulted in their
being attacked by a terrorist. Hence, the irony.
In what way were
the Norwegians supporting terrorism? Well, here are some of Rubin’s
1. "The camp was run by Norway’s left-wing party" which "was
lobbying for breaking the blockade of the terrorist Hamas regime in
the Gaza Strip and for immediate recognition of a Palestinian state
without that entity needing to do anything that would prevent it from
being a terrorist base against Israel".
2. In pursuing these
policies, the Norwegian government makes "terrorism appear politically
successful and hence a great thing to do".
Rubin goes on in what comes dangerously close to a "rambling screed" to
condemn just about the entire history of Palestinian resistance to Zionist
colonialism as terrorism. And since Rubin believes that it is imperative
that terrorists (including the one in Norway) must never be allowed to
succeed, then it follows logically that Palestinian resistance must not be
allowed to succeed. Indeed, it can be assumed that for Barry Rubin there
can be no Palestinian entity except on Israeli terms – terms that others,
outside of Rubin’s world, often equate to apartheid South Africa’s
Rubin has gone out of his way to insist that his
position is not intended to justify the murders in Oslo. I accept this
assertion. However, his view of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is so
one-sided that it certainly seems to justify the state terrorism
consistently applied by Israel both to provoke and respond to Palestinian
violence. (Personal note: Long ago I knew this fellow, Barry Rubin. He
was, then, a brilliant man who used his talents to fight for justice,
particularly in the case of the Vietnam War. Now, objectivity long lost,
he is a convert to Zionism. And converts always make the most ardent true
The United State and its Islamophobes
“...two notables that Breivik himself cites as fellow
travellers are Robert Spencer, who runs the website,
Jihad Watch, and Pamela Geller, who runs the website
Atlas Shrugged. Both are major figures in the
hate campaign now being waged against Muslims in the
If many of Andres Behring Breivik’s Israeli allies rush to defend him,
his American allies are now rushing to distance themselves from him. It is
they who, as the New York Times has put it, exercised "undeniable
influence" on this terrorist. It is they who helped create the atmosphere
in which he felt emboldened. Of course, they deny having done so. One is
reminded here of the denials of Sarah Palin, who posted the names and
places of residence of her Democratic opponents using gunsight cross
hairs. And then, when in January 2011 Representative Gabrielle Giffords
was shot by a right-wing fanatic, said that her incitement had nothing to
do with the incident. Now history repeats itself. Who are these most
recent deniers? Well, among others, two notables that Breivik himself
cites as fellow travellers are Robert Spencer, who runs the website,
Jihad Watch, and Pamela Geller, who runs the website Atlas
Shrugged. Both are major figures in the hate campaign now being waged
against Muslims in the United States.
Breivik was probably also
influenced by another variant in this campaign, the movement against
sharia". This is the nonsensical campaign against an alleged
Islamic plot to undermine American culture by spreading the use of sharia
law. Again, according to the New York Times, the man who has
spearheaded this movement is David Yerushalmi,
"a 56 year-old Hasidic Jew with a history of controversial statements
about race, immigration and Islam". Yerushalmi is also a supporter of the
illegal Israeli colonization project on the Palestinian West Bank. Then
there are the poisonous pronouncements continuously put forth by people
like fundamentalist mega-church pastor John Hagee
and the multiple anti-Muslim statements of American politicians such as,
among others, Peter King of Long Island and Republican presidential
candidate Newt Gingrich. All of these people
are part of "America’s rising tide of Islamophobia" and have actively
contributed to, as Sarah Wildman has
put it in the
England’s Guardian newspaper, "the ideological underpinning that
motivates militias and terrorists".
The world is full of prejudiced people who, as noted above, live on a
continuum of fear and loathing of all that is different.
them are just ignorant. They easily become victims of their own
provincialism and allow their heads to be filled with the pronouncements
from agencies such as Fox "News". Others are ideologues whose world is
defined by very narrow political, racial or religious beliefs in defence
of which agitation and violence are thought warranted. Some are
opportunists who see this sort of environment as just right to make their
name and fortune. There are other categories as well.
right circumstances this collective of the prejudice can be activated. It
finds its enemy and focuses with a deadly intensity. The wordsmiths within
it plough the ground, the agitators plant the seeds, and then the violent
ones reaped the harvest. All of a sudden you find yourself in the midst of
This has happened repeatedly in history. As a
phenomenon it is not confined to underdeveloped areas or "backward"
nations. It is a potential that plagues all peoples at all times.
To paraphrase a
Samuel Clemens quote about beauty and ugliness, civilization is
but skin deep, but barbarism goes right down to the bone. It takes
constant vigilance, constant effort, the constant demand for common sense
to keep the barbarian at bay.