'Norway attack suspect had anti-Muslim, pro-Israel views'
By BEN HARTMAN
1,500 page manifesto credited to Breivik, accused of killing spree, lays out worldview including extreme screed of Islamophobia, far-right Zionism.
Anders Behring Breivik, the Norwegian who killed nearly 100 people in a combined
terror attack Friday that included car bombings in Oslo and a shooting rampage
at an island summer camp, held fiercely anti-Islamic and pro-Israel views,
according to a 1,500 page manifesto he uploaded before his killing spree
In the 1,500-page tome, which mentions Israel 359 times and
“Jews” 324 times, Breivik lays out his worldview, which includes an extreme,
bizarre and rambling screed of Islamophobia, far-right Zionism and venomous
attacks on Marxism and multi-culturalism.
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In one passage, he lashes out
at the Western media, which he accuses of unfairly focusing on the wrongdoing of
“Western Journalists again and again systematically ignore serious
Muslim attacks and rather focus on the Jews,” he wrote.
Breivik also took
a jab at leftwing Jews.
“Jews that support multi-culturalism today are as
much of a threat to Israel and Zionism as they are to us,” he
“So let us fight together with Israel, with our Zionist
brothers against all anti-Zionists, against all cultural
He also stated that Israel is the homeland
for Jews largely due to the persecution suffered by Jews at the hands of
Muslims, saying “if one acknowledges that Islam has always oppressed the Jews,
one accepts that Israel was a necessary refuge for the Jews fleeing not only the
European, but also the Islamic variety of anti- Judaism.”
also serves as a call-to-arms, of sorts, in which Breivik lays out his reasons
for launching the attack, focusing on what he described as the importance of
nationalism and the growing scourge of Islam in Europe.
Entitled “2083 -
A European Declaration of Independence,” the document states: “as we all know,
the root of Europe’s problems is the lack of cultural self-confidence
this irrational fear of nationalistic doctrines is
preventing us from stopping our own national/ cultural suicide as the Islamic
colonization is increasing annually ...You cannot defeat Islamization or
halt/reverse the Islamic colonization of Western Europe without first removing
the political doctrines manifested through multiculturalism/ cultural
Breivik did, however, note that he doesn’t hate Muslims in any
fashion and that “I have had several Muslim friends over the years, some of
which I still respect.”
He also expressed his sympathy for the people of
Serbia, and blasted Norway’s support of the 1999 NATO-bombing campaign on Serbia
that stopped the expulsion of Kosovar Albanians by Serbian forces.
addition, he expressed his disgust at his government’s awarding of “the Nobel
peace prize to an Islamic terrorist [Arafat] and appeasers of
Breivik sneers at those who would spare the lives of women, and
in an especially chilling instruction writes, “once you decide to strike, it is
better to kill too many than not enough, or you risk reducing the desired
ideological impact of the strike. Explain what you have done [in an announcement
distributed prior to operation] and make certain that everyone understands that
we, the free peoples of Europe, are going to strike again and again.”
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