Monday, July 25, 2011

Complexities and Contradictions of Left/Right Blame for Norway Atrocity

Jeffrey Goldberg is right to be worried about the influence of the Pamela Gellers and Robert Spensers of this world having a potentially direct effect on would-be extreme right-wing anti-Muslim terrorists. And although I deplore these two demagogues, I still think it is instructive to point to the other side of the maniacal finger pointing spectrum: the extreme left's placing blame of the Norway atrocity on the 'Zionists'.  In far-left parlance Zionist can mean anyone who is vaguely pro-West right down to intransigent Jewish settlers in the West Bank. It is most unfortunate that those of us who do not wish for the immediate demise of the state of Israel seem to have acquired a new friend in Anders Behring Breivik, but, frankly, the far-left has some very unappealing friends too, such as Mssrs. Hassan Nasrallah and Khaled Meshaal

Here are just a few random examples of how the anti-Zionist world-view works; I say random because I haven’t got all day and there are many, many other samples out in the blogosphere:

Here is Alex Kane, a 20-something pischer who blogs at Mondoweiss occasionally: An examination of Breivik's views, and his support for far-right European political movements, makes it clear that only by interrogating the nexus of Islamophobia and right-wing Zionism can one understand the political beliefs behind the terrorist attack.” (FYI, I don't link to Mondoweiss. You can find it on your own.)

And here is Ellie Merton, Chair of Waltham Forest (London) Palestine Solidarity Campaign: “As far as I can see, globally, christian far right white supremacists work hand in hand with zionist fascists, since their aims are mutually inclusive.

To add complexity, it so happens that this was the scene at the Labour
youth meeting some time before the shootings began.
And here is the lovely Gilad Atzmon (Jewish ex-Israeli, anti-Zionist jazz saxophonist who has a following in pro-Palestinian, music loving circles): I am not in a position at present firmly to point a finger at Israel, its agents or its sayanim – but assembling the information together and considering all possibilities may suggest that Anders Behring Breivik might indeed, have been a  Sabbath Goy.

Within the Judaic, mundane-societal context, the role of the 
Sabbath Goy is to accomplish some minor tasks the Jews cannot undertake during the Sabbath. But within the Zionized reality we tragically enough live in, the Sabbath Goy kills for the Jewish state. He may even do it voluntarily.

Being an admirer of Israel, Behring Breivik does appear to have treated his fellow countrymen in the same way that the Israeli armed forces treats Palestinians.”

To get an overview of the situation, you can read: It was clear that Israel would somehow be drawn into debate on Norway attacks. To add another complication, read this: A crazy conclusion out of Norway. And read this too for the Hamas version of events: Hamas tries to tie Norway terrorist to Israel. Have a look also at this from CIF Watch: Henning Mankell and the audacity of evil.


  1. It is such classic antisemitism. When I was young, I never quite got the whole blood libel thing. The blood libels of the past seemed so ridiculous, I just could not fathom people believing them.
    And now, here we are in modern times. We steal body organs. We orchestrate a massacre of children. People are actually believing this crap.
    We are by far the most successful minority in the world. Think of our accomplishments, Freud, Einstein, Spinoza, the list is quite long, and everyone knows it.
    As great as our achievements are and have been, the greatest of them all is the establishment of the State of Israel. I think often of the flag flying over Massada; The mighty Roman empire has been retired to the pages of history. And here we are still at Massada two thousand years later.
    I am not a religious man, but "MY GOD HOW CAN THIS BE POSSIBLE."

    So, as our ultimate achievement thrives, the ugly snake head of antisemitism has arisen. It has taken aim at the most precious part of us. Our beloved State of Israel. They are going after our very soul. Zionism is in the heart of the Jewish people. You cannot shoot at our heart and say you are not aiming at us. Anti-Zionism is Anti-semitism.


  2. Agreed. This weekend I watched Mark Levin's documentary, "Protocols of Zion", about the 'Jooz were warned to stay away from the World Trade Center on 9/11' rumor. Same story. And it is believed not only in the ME but right here in NY, where Levin has several discussions with Truthers left and right. Check out the film. It's good.

  3. "...It is most unfortunate that those of us who do not wish for the immediate demise of the state of Israel ..."

    An extremely ill-judged formulation. You make it sound as if you'd be quite pleased if the demise of the state of Israel were to occur - as long as it wasn't "immediate".

  4. I think you are being very literal minded but perhaps my sarcasm didn't hit the mark. I'll try better next time. There aren't all that many ways to say, anti-Israel. Obviously if you read my other posts you will see that I do not wish for the demise of Israel. Ever.


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