Behind Norway’s Kristallnacht

The massacre in peaceful Oslo was a replay of this earlier horror in reverse – no longer the Jews as victims but as the inspiration of terror against non-Jews – as Israel extends its wars not only to Greek ports and French airports but to Norwegian children’s camps, complete with rabbinical blessings for the murderers, notes Eric Walberg

Norway is in a state of total shock after the 22 July car bombing in Oslo killing seven, followed by the shooting spree at a Labour Party youth camp on Utoya Island killing 69. This terrorist operation, the worst massacre in Norway’s recent history, represents a greater loss proportional to its five million people than 9/11 did to the US. Speaking of which, an initial report in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Guardian, et al attributed the attack to Islamists (resentful of Norway’s democracy, etc), “a terror group, Ansar al-Jihad al-Alami, or the Helpers of the Global Jihad”.

This was according to Dr William McCants, a “terrorism analyst at CNA, a research institute that studies terrorism”, author of a terrorist watchdog blog CNA is too obscure to be found on the web, and expert McCants quickly retracted his claim. The NYT later admitted Global Jihad may not even exist (let alone CNA), but who reads the fine print in subsequent editions or checks if various “organisations” are actually fronts for something much more sinister, as long as it’s a question of “Islamists”?

Perhaps CNA is a typo, for McCants’s feint is a classic CIA media move targeting the current “enemy”, which worked in spades, dominating the world’s mainstream media coverage of the massacre. When exposed, McCants launched a new anti-Muslim angle immediately, noting that the perpetrator, Anders Behring Breivik, admires Al-Qaeda: “Just like Jihadi warriors are the plum tree of the Ummah, we will be the plum tree for Europe and for Christianity,” Breivik apparently wrote. That the world has the CIA and the McCants to thank for the creation and promotion of Al-Qaeda in the first place does not faze the zealous professor of terrorism. Even when Al-Qaeda is not guilty, it is still guilty.

Breivik is a self-styled Christian Zionist and Freemason, a “martyr” and “resistance fighter” in a “civil war” against the “Marxist-Islamist alliance” taking over Europe, according to his 1,500 page screed signed “Knights Templar Europe”, available on the internet.

He described members of Norway’s Labour Party as “traitors” like the Norwegian collaborators in WWII because of their alleged support of “multiculturalism and Islamisation” and criticism of Israel, in line with Harvard lawyer Alan Dershowitz’s recent charges against the “Quisling” Norwegian government. Breivik advocates “terror” attacks on mosques, especially during Muslim religious holidays, intended to “trigger Muslim riots” and allowing a rightwing “coup”. The holy month of Ramadan begins 1 August.

Breivik epitomises the new Euro right, which is both fanatically pro-Israel and anti-Muslim. Breivik even approves of a Caliphate for Muslims, as long as it is in the Middle East. This is similar to Hitler’s desire to push Jews out of Europe into their own Jewish state in Palestine, as Zionist collaboration with the Nazis in the 1930–40s makes clear. But Euro neo-Nazism has the startling characteristic of being pro-Jewish, and wishes not to rid Europe of Jews, but of Muslims. If this requires terrorising and even killing a few million in the process, that is a price worth paying to make Europe pure again.

How did this eerie transformation of fascism — from targeting Jews to taking them as allies against Muslims — come about? It is a combination of two factors that have been fermenting in the post-WWII period.

The origins of European Islamophobia lie in anxiety about and hatred felt by many Europeans of their own European “other”, namely European Jewry. Pre-WWII Europe feared a Jewish conspiracy to subvert Christian society. In the post-Holocaust era, this has been displaced onto Muslim immigrants, even by the traditionally anti-Jewish far right such as Le Pen’s National Front, the British National Party and Norway’s own Progress Party which are now Zionist and racist at the same time.

With the rise of a Jewish state far from Europe, which attracted many European Jews, unease about the “alien” other momentarily abated. Jews who remained in Europe had lost their former high profile as media owners, entertainers and industrial magnates, and were now mostly invisible, there no longer being Jewish ghettos in the major cities. Christianity accepted Judaism as its honoured ancestor, no longer a threat or heresy requiring proselytising and/ or restrictions on Jews. The 1950-60s saw a European flowering without either Jews or Muslims having much of a profile.

The new “Judeo-Christian” culture of the West (a concept dismissed by serious Christian and Jewish scholars) is supposedly a happy family. Though Islam and Christianity have much more in common, the rescue of millions of Jews from the Nazis created a cultural bond between the former hostile religions. Because the Jewish state in Palestine was created on the dead bodies of Muslims, this cemented the present alliance of Judaism and Christianity against Islam, a war supposedly of cultures, but one rooted in Jewish imperial conquest in Palestine and “Judeo-Christian” cultural hegemony in the West.

But as Europe’s population began to age, by the 1970s the need for cheap labour forced Europe to “import” Muslims, who are close religious cousins of Christians but maintain pre-capitalists traditions. For instance, Muslim women tend to wear veils, and thriving communities of believers need new mosques with their non-European minarets.  While these differences are hardly a threat, they are visible, and Muslims make good (cheap) electoral fodder as scapegoats for the real culprits for the mounting economic problems facing Europe – their very own Christian and Jewish elites using banking crises and neoliberalism to cut living standards.

As the empire wrestles to subdue Islam, its major politico-cultural rival after the collapse of Communism, Islamophobia, like anti-Communism has become rampant. Such bigots as Holland’s Geert Wilders are working to form a Europe-wide International Freedom Alliance, even including the US and Canada; an “Atlanticist Islamophobistan”, according to analyst Pepe Escobar. Considering that Muslims make up less than two per cent of US and Canadian populations, this leads to “the surrealist American phenomenon of Islamophobia without Muslims”.

Muslims indeed pose a threat to both the Zionised Christians like Breivik and the Zionised Jews promoting the expansion of Israel throughout Palestine. But for the rest of us, the real threat is Zionism and Israel. The inspiration behind Breivik’s horrendous deed is in the first place Israel, where the Bible says Jews should congregate to await the endtimes. Breivik: “The time has come to stop the stupid support of the Palestinians…and to start supporting our cultural cousins — Israel.”

His murders even have a kind of rabbinical blessing. In 2009 Rabbi Yitzhak Shapiro of the (illegal) West Bank settlement Yitzhar published The King’s Torah, which condones killing even babies and children if they pose a threat to the nation. “It is permissible to kill the Righteous among Nations even if they are not responsible for the threatening situation,” he wrote. By analogy, it is fine for such as Breivik to kill innocent fellow Norwegians, Muslim and non-Muslim alike, if they  threaten his vision of a pure Norway. Writes ex-Israeli Gilad Atzmon, “Breivik treated his fellow countrymen in the same way that the IDF treats Palestinians.”

Breivik no doubt noted Israel’s unpunished 2009 massacre in Gaza, an action that coincided with the beginning of his plans to terrorise his fellow Norwegians. He is surely aware that plucky Israel is now fighting a rear-guard action against the growing boycott, divest and sanctions (BDS) movement in Europe, which prompted Israel – just days before the tragedy — to pass a “herem” law, threatening to sue anyone boycotting its products.

Europe’s BDS movement is, in fact, spearheaded by Norway. Two days before Breivik’s massacre, the widely read Dagbladet tabloid quoted Labour Party youth movement leader, Eskil Pedersen, as stating that he “believes the time has come for more drastic measures against Israel, and [that he] wants the Foreign Minister to impose an economic boycott against the country.”

Two days before the massacre, Joseph Klein complained on Dershowitz’s about “The Quislings of Norway … Norway is effectively under the occupation of anti-Semitic leftists and radical Muslims, and appears willing to help enable the destruction of the Jewish state of Israel.”

Breivik was a regular poster at, run by Jewish pro-Zionist Hans Rustad, which warns against “Islamisation”, violence, and other social problems Rustad assumes to be connected with Muslim immigration. According to Atzmon, such Euro blogs “are almost exclusively focused on ‘the problem of Islam’, and on Muslim migrants, all the while relentlessly propounding a propagandistic Zionist agenda”.

Stephan Kramer, general secretary of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, dismissed the pro-Israeli tilt of the likes of Breivik as just skin-deep, used by them to mask their inherent racism. US President Barack Obama dismissed the tragedy as “domestic”. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu turned the tragedy on its head and said Israel “completely identifies” with the suffering.

Netanyahu’s compatriots at the Israeli Hebrew language blog were more honest: “Oslo criminals paid”; “It’s stupidity and evil not to desire death for those who call to boycott Israel”; “To cry about it? Come on. We Jews are not Christians. In the Jewish religion there is no obligation to love or mourn for the enemy.”

While not going that far, Ynet journalist Manfred Gerstenfeld complains about Norway’s “obsession” with Israel as opposed to, say, Russia. He exhorted the Norwegians to learn from “how Israel reacts to such events”. “How to defend oneself against [terror] is an issue that almost by nature draws in references to precedents from Israel,” he said proudly.

But it’s Israel’s criminal activity that inspired the killer. And why must we follow in Israel’s security-obsessed footsteps, making our lives a living hell so that Israel can continue to perpetrate its crimes unpunished?

Breivik boasts he is part of a shadowy network of latter-day crusader knights set up in London in 2002 with cells across Europe, clearly inspired by Israel. It is thus urgent that Western intelligence agencies investigate Israeli and Zionist operatives before this new campaign of terror takes hold.

Eric Walberg is a journalist who worked in Uzbekistan and is now writing for Al-Ahram Weekly in Cairo. He is the author of From Postmodernism to Postsecularism and Postmodern Imperialism. His most recent book is Islamic Resistance to Imperialism. Read other articles by Eric, or visit Eric's website.