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Swedish prof 'insinuates' Israel tie to Breivik attack

Swedish prof 'insinuates' Israel tie to Breivik attack

Published: 14 Dec 2011 07:35 GMT+01:00
Updated: 14 Dec 2011 07:35 GMT+01:00

Swedish-born Ola Tunander is a research professor at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), a research institute where he has spent most of his career since receiving his PhD from Linköping University in 1989.

But a recent article authored by Tunander in which he seeks to discover what might have driven Brevik to set off a car bomb outside government offices in Norway and gun down 69 people at a summer camp for young Labour Party supporters, has prompted the head of PRIO to distance himself from the piece.

PRIO director Kristian Berg Harpviken told Norwegian magazine Minerva that Tunander’s article left him with a feeling of “considerable unease”.

Harpviken was also dismayed with what he viewed as a serious lapse in judgment on behalf of Nytt Norsk Tidsskrift, a multidisciplinary peer review journal, for agreeing to publish the contentious text in its latest issue.

In his article, Tunander reaches the conclusion that terrorist acts of such magnitude are seldom possible without the involvement of state forces, “and we can’t rule out that being the case this time too.”

In the midst of a web of alternative theories, Tunander lays out a “simple chronology” detailing the fractious diplomatic relationship between Norway and Israel in the months before the massacre, with Oslo indicating it would be willing to recognize a Palestinian state.

On two occasions, Tunander notes the significance of the date of the attacks.

First, he travels back to 1973, when members of the Israeli spy agency Mossad were arrested on July 22nd after a botched operation in which they assassinated the wrong person on Norwegian soil.

He also calls to mind the bombing of the King David Hotel in Jerusalem by Zionist paramilitary group Irgun, which took place on July 22nd 1946.

“We have discussed the right-wing extremist Israeli and Judeo-Christian side of Breivik’s network, Israel’s interest in disciplining Norway, and Israel’s celebration of bomb attacks. In this respect, Breivik’s attack appears to resemble a new king David Hotel attack: July 22nd,” he writes.

Tunander told Norwegian news agency NTB it was unfair to conclude from his article, as for example Norwegian writer Øyvind Strømmen has done, that he wished to link Israel to the worst atrocity in Norway’s peacetime history.

“Why he wishes to interpret the article that way is something he’ll have to answer himself,” said Tunander.

Writing in Minerva, Strømmen said there was little doubt as to the intentions of the 63-year-old academic.

“Does he insinuate that Israel was behind July 22nd, or was in some way involved? The answer, unfortunately, is yes,” he writes.

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Your comments about this article

09:19 December 14, 2011 by RobinHood
To be fair to the professor, he did say he does not link Israel to Breivik.
10:05 December 14, 2011 by blursd
Why would one even mention Israel if there wasn't (at the very least) a tacit goal of creating a link to Breivik? That's jus the most asinine defense I've ever heard, "Well I didn't 'explicitly' say that, but I insinuated it pretty heavily in numerous places."

There is about an much evidence to link Israel to the Breivik attacks as there is to New Zealand. It's just mind boggling that someone would even attempt to suggest such a thing. It makes ZERO sense, and there's ZERO evidence.
10:29 December 14, 2011 by truthworthy
I wouldn't be surprised if Israel was involved. You cant underestimate the thinking of the Zionists.

I am not conspiracy theorist but the connections of the Zionist state extend far beyond the middle east and they have created enemies everywhere including the peaceful Scandinavia.
10:33 December 14, 2011 by shard
no, because Israel NEVER plans dastardly deeds on other nations' soil, do they?

Grow up.

Øyvind Strømmen is not one to be subtle when it comes to insinuating - a glance at the home page for his online scribbles gives a good indication as to what base he's batting from - http://eurofascism.info

perhaps the lady doth protest too much?
10:45 December 14, 2011 by engagebrain
'a lie is half way round the world before the truth gets its trousers on'

this one should fly - along with no jews died in the when the twin towers were destroyed and the Protocols.
10:56 December 14, 2011 by shard

yeah, and the old one about religious Jews and babies...

11:00 December 14, 2011 by ebsor12
Go go Prof, you written the truth, You are the bravest around. This would make the fascist bleed who daily writes about Muslims but don't speak about ISRAEL.

You are should be given NOBEL PRIZE for peace....
11:16 December 14, 2011 by olive_tree
This Video might say something:

13:43 December 14, 2011 by Mzungu
Interesting reading.....

One must always keep an open mind in this dastardly world of ours!


*just to mention*
13:53 December 14, 2011 by salalah
What a total nonsense!!!
13:57 December 14, 2011 by rohermoker
I have noticed a fact in most of Eurpoen history. If something bad happens, the Plauge,several times in Russian history, worlld War 1, and the fall of the German economy after WW1, it is all blamed on one people. The Swede thinks the Norwigans are not smart enough to come up with this one alone, they need the help of an outsside power that cannot be stopped, unless------
14:01 December 14, 2011 by shard

quite so, an open mind must be kept, though my mind leans towards Breivik simply being a deluded individual, convinced that 'dem moooslims' are taking over europe and that the whole continent is about to fall under sharia law. There are plenty of other such deluded dolts who like to sit under The Local's bridge and 'contribute' to the forums, and like Hitler's erstwhile colleagues will not disappear merely because the nutter at the top exits stage left. .

Since you are mentioning, though, and clearly have an open mind,


not the first or the last, needless to say.
14:48 December 14, 2011 by godnatt
Bring out the pea brained, IQ challenged, Muslim conspiracy theorists and their terrorist sympathizers like "Prof." Tulander.
14:54 December 14, 2011 by Mzungu

Mmm,the truth IS out there,but who is going to tell??

*those with most to gain?*
15:00 December 14, 2011 by cowboykodp
"Bring out the pea brained, IQ challenged, Muslim conspiracy theorists and their terrorist sympathizers like "Prof." Tulander. "

It's amazing when anything negative is mentioned about Israel, it must be from dumb Muslims, or terrorists!

Wake up dude. Unfortunately there are 1000% more people in the world who dislike and distrust Jews than they do Muslims.

Needless to say though, Israel in my mind is not at fault for Breivik's actions.

However, it's the pro Israel mentality of the "defend Israel's actions at any cost" who are directly at fault.

It's these people who fill the blogosphere with their hate propaganda and lies directed at Muslims.
15:08 December 14, 2011 by Lemon1987
Prof definitely kicked the hornest nest
15:37 December 14, 2011 by godnatt
@ cowboy

I'm referring to @Truthworthy and presumably @ebsor above...

And preemptively addressing his friends @seekingtruth, @Iraniboy et al who I'm sure will arrive shortly to enlighten us on the ways of evil single minded Zionists, as usual.

Yes, amazing, I agree.
15:48 December 14, 2011 by Carbarrister
I think the Professor should win the Nobel Peace Prize. He seems to have the proper world view and all the necessary qualifications.
16:17 December 14, 2011 by GLO
The Prof needs to be locked up......
16:30 December 14, 2011 by engagebrain
The Prof will cause an amount of trouble worldwide that is totally disproportionate to the evidence - of which there is none.

and, as I assume the Prof is not stupid, this must have been his intention, which makes him a complete ..................
17:48 December 14, 2011 by Greysuede
there is obvious evidence that can support the claim of honorable Professor, it's just a matter of impartial investigation. the brainwashed notorious Mr Anders Breivik had numerous links inc. one with British lowlifes who come in different shapes and sizes as we know...
18:28 December 14, 2011 by hughknows

I am continually impressed by your ridiculous hyperbole that turns out to be not just exaggeration, but the direct opposite of reality.

Take your statement that 'there are 1000% more people in the world who dislike and distrust Jews than they do Muslims.'

Like I said - you're not just exaggerating here, you've got things backwards...

China with over a billion people, they have problems with ethnic Muslim minorities - they fear and repress them and (rightly or wrongly) consider them purveyors of terror and subversion. They have good relations with Arab countries sure, but also no probs with Jews or Judaism in China.

India - around a billion people also - mostly Hindus and the state has a bloody history of conflict going back to the invasion of the Islamic empire and now fearing and hating (rightly or wrongly) modern day Muslims in Pakistan and within India itself, whist again fairly indifferent if not positive to Jewish people and interests.

Then take much of the non-Muslim populations of Africa and South America, take Europe, Russia and the rest of East Asia and South East Asia - where there is also some amount of bloody conflict with Muslim activists or fighters - and you find that in our world, apart from pockets of antiquated neo-nazis and conspiracy theorists in the West, it is only the Arab countries and the rest of the Muslim world where dislike and distrust of the Jews is fostered as an ideology.

'1000 times the number of people' my ass. It is you yourself who dislike and distrust Jews and who holds apologist tendencies regarding the Muslim community. Nothing wrong with personal persuasions and opinions, but don't inaccurately thrust them on the whole population of planet Earth pal.
18:39 December 14, 2011 by cowboykodp
"it is only the Arab countries and the rest of the Muslim world where dislike and distrust of the Jews is fostered as an ideology."

Yeah OK "PAL".

If you say so.

"It is you yourself who dislike and distrust Jews .."

I have no clue who you are "Hugh". But if you have read any of my posts in the past you would see your above quoted post is another one of your kinds lies and propaganda.

I don't hate Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Iranians, Israelis,... I hate stupid, self serving idiots.
19:02 December 14, 2011 by Iraniboy
A presumably non religious professor makes a comment about a political establishment known as government of Israel. Only a totally delusional and mentally challenged person will bring up Muslims into this issue as godnatt and hugh do. On a less delusional level you may start talking Jews but I still think talking about Jews is totally irrelevant!
19:44 December 14, 2011 by jvtx3232
Well, to be fair the Israeli Mossad did have foreknowledge of the 9/11 attacks, and in fact celebrated the attacks going forward because they knew it would precipitate a dramatic ramping up of U.S. military involvement in the Middle East.
20:32 December 14, 2011 by guliver

The Mossad did not know of course about the 9/11 attack.

and no 6 millions Israelies do not controll America

and yes the Mossad is after every terrorist all over the world

and truthworthy-Israel has no national interests to murder Norwegian children ,eventhough the Palestinian Prpoaganda try to blame Israel in every bad affair which happens in this world wheather it make sense or not.

Cowboy: in one thing you are right, many others as the moslems hate the Jews.

Any declaration that Israel has to do with the murder in Norway has the goal to blame Israel in something it did not do and reminds me the blood labelagainst the Jews that unfortuntly are still live in the heart of many people in Europe as it was for 3000 years of Jewish survival in Europe, therefore it was also easy to conduce millions of Jews to death including my grandfother and mother with small protest of the European people.

and as my fother told me-he was an holocaust survival from Germany:"Es regnet zu viel- wer ist Schuldig? Die Juden!warum?darum!Es gibt keine regen-wer ist Schuldig? noch mal die Juden-warum? Darum!"
21:27 December 14, 2011 by godnatt
@ iraniboy

Since you, @truthworthy and your other Muslim buddies on here have shown you are mindless parrots of Jewish conspiracies and blame Israel propaganda, it's simply a statement of fact.

And given all the half-wit pidgin English support statements above you should feel right at home.

As @guliver has said, blood libel is alive and well.


Yes, @cowboy is a better random number generator than Excel. ;)
21:57 December 14, 2011 by cowboykodp
"Yes, @cowboy is a better random number generator than Excel. ;) "

Like I said.... If you say so.

Gulliver, who knows more about the suffering of Jews at the hands of non-Muslims will and just vouched for my "numbers".

Maybe your too busy typing and not paying attention to realities.
22:05 December 14, 2011 by acidcritic
As I understand Dr. Tunander is a scientific researcher working for very serious research insitute. Is´nt it? Besides, his opinions were published by a peer reviewed journal. On the other hand, Israel´s government is all but peaceful. Therefore, to me, Dr. Ola Tunander is all right.
22:43 December 14, 2011 by Bobafetto08
@ truthworthy December 14, 2011 10:29

No, it's no big surprise that a thing like that wouldn't surprise you, just as it's no surprise that you also harbor a fantasy that 9/11 was the work of the Jooos - after all you are a born and bred Musloid fanatic, who received his hatred for the Jewish people in general, and Israel in particular, already with his mother's milk. It is however disgusting to know that you are representative for the type of people, the Swedish government views as a priority, to import to enrich our culture with!
22:51 December 14, 2011 by cowboykodp
"who received his hatred for the ...... people in general, and .... in particular, already with his mother's milk. "

Just fill in "Muslim" and "Muslim countries" and you are talking about yourself!

Get a life you Star Wars geek.
02:48 December 15, 2011 by hughknows

The Jews have certainly been persecuted and hated by people now and in history - not least of which in Europe, but as you say - you're talking current global 'numbers' not just those certain sections of the world that have such a historic relationship with Jewish people.

so let me get this straight - you are sticking to your original statement?

(It's mind-numbingly Eurocentric for starters!)

'there are 1000% more people in the world who dislike and distrust Jews than they do Muslims.'

It's clearly numerically wrong, so my point is - what makes you see this 'entire world' that hates Jews, when this world is a product of your own mind? There are rather certain groups in the world who hate Jews. Your hatred of 'self-serving idiots' might be admirable, but such ridiculous and biased statements as your original one don't help your point.
04:41 December 15, 2011 by Kaethar
Well, sure, that COULD be the case. But there's no evidence of this. I'm not sure what the point is with official speculation. It's one thing if people have opinions about it but writing about speculations in your official capacity as a researcher for PRIO seems a bit dodgy.
07:34 December 15, 2011 by engagebrain
The Prof and the tone of this whole thread is about what posters want to believe - the truth is irrelevant.

The Prof however should know better, his background is in academia where truth is still a consideration. My theory, for which there is no evidence, is that the was paid 100 000 sek by Hamas for putting an academic gloss on nonsense.
07:37 December 15, 2011 by Lukestar1991
I honestly would not be surprised in the slightest if there was an involvement. However, whether they did or didnt have one, they were just as happy that it happened. This is because they are pure and simply: monsters.
10:49 December 15, 2011 by rise
Well why not Israel? We aren't living in the 1940's; today jews are the ones who oppresses. They think they're allowed to do what the hell they want just because of the holocaust 70 years ago.
21:41 December 15, 2011 by mikeasaf
As an Israeli, this article makes me laugh. Over here we hear everyday a new allegation about the Israeli Mossad or whatever doing bad things around the world, but this is really crazy. What does the prof. think? Israelis have a thing to Swedish people? As a nation who suffered attacks like this one, there's not a thing which saddens us more then seeing a terror attack like this one.I read the comments here and i don't believe what i'm seeing...
23:41 December 15, 2011 by Hagrid
So after harvesting organs from Palestinians, taking down the World Trade Center, and training sharks to attack Egyptian tourists, apparently the Israelis got bored so they decided to take their special-ops to peaceful Scandinavia, and massacre scores of Norwegian schoolchildren.

Seriously, this "professor" is a disgrace for Sweden, for his institute, and for his profession. Other than hazy speculation, what solid proof did he bring forth? All thinking people must understand that airing such baseless speculations is unprofessional, irresponsible, and only promotes hatred. And the truly sad part, is that his crackpot theory actually gains traction in this forum, with ill-informed people like acidcitric, rise, truthworthy, Lukestar1991 and ebsor12. How sad.
11:21 December 16, 2011 by Bobafetto08
Oh do shut up your addlepated marxist drone! I despise Islam for the disgusting intolerant, backwards, violent, hateful, misogynistic and homophobic set of ideas it advocates, and not because of the skin colour of Muslims! I personally couldn't give a flying fack about peoples race or ethnicity! It's their values and attitudes towards their surrounding world, that in my eyes, is the most essential thing that matters. Nobody ever taught me to hate Islam or Muslims - remember this is the liberal left leaning Sweden we are talking about where indoctrination vis-a-vis the benefits of multiculti runs in the whole education system all the way down to kindergarden - in fact when I grew up in the '70s and '80s, there already were assimilable numbers of various groups of Muslims in this country e.g. Iranians, Turks and Kurds, who I befriended and got on very well with. No problem there!

Muslims on the other hand are taught hatred of the Jews in their countries of origin by their parents, in the kindergarden, state television, the education system and the mosques. Palestinian state TV has Mickey Mouse figures calling for the death of Jews, Saudi maths books use killing of Jews as examples of subtraction, and Mein Kampf is the longest ever best seller, all over in the Muslim world. So you lamebrained leftard, how can the well-grounded fears that I and many others have in regards to Islam, be equivalent to the evil and rampant anti-Semitism in the Islamic world!?

It is first with the unfettered immigration of the '90s - that goes on to this day - which brought us hordes of uneducated, analphabetic, radicalized individuals from all parts of the Muslim world, with no desire to integrate or accept Western values, that I started to perceive Islam and the gradual islamization of our society in order to accommodate the religious beliefs of Muslims, as a problem.
15:52 December 16, 2011 by tadetlungt

What you are talking about is fed to you probably from your childhood that in Muslim countries education promotes hatred against jews. Did your parents told you that Muslims want to demolish jews? and I wonder why didn't they tell you the details of WW2, history's biggest massacre.

Nobody knew Muslims as terrorists during the WW2 and then the focus switched. Muslims were not a problem in early 20th century. WW1 and WW2, did you hear of any Muslim or Muslim state which gave trouble?
18:49 December 16, 2011 by Bobafetto08
@tadetlungt - December 16, 2011, kl.15:52

Firstly, my previous reply was to comment from #31cowboykodp (I apologize for forgetting to attach the reference) where he/she equated my scepticism, mistrust and antipathy towards Islam, with the rampant, ingrained and pervasive anti-Semitism, we see in all Islamic countries and the Muslim diaspora. Secondly, I was not taught that Muslims hate Jews, by my parents, nor the school, TV or Hollywood. It is an understanding I have come to, through personal contacts with Muslims in Sweden. Each and every Musloid I have met, from cab drivers and students to kebab stand owners, has vehemently expressed racist and hateful views of Jews. Then there are the vile and vicious Quranic texts, depicting Jews as sons of apes and pigs and the fact that Islam's perfect human being, Mohammed, in 627 AD perpetrated genocide on the Jews of Banu Qurayza, where he in cold blood massacred 900 male Jews and then forced the mothers, wives and sisters of the butchered men and boys, to marry their tormentors. You Muslims are notorious for committing the tu quoque fallacy to try to justify your own evil doings and inate bigotry. What you don't seem to understand is that we Europeans are very aware of our WW ll history, to the very extent that in many countries, reproduction of nazi literature, propagation of Nazi ideology, historical revisionism and holocaust denial is a crime, whereas the opposite is true in Muslim countries, where blatant denial of the tragic fate of Europe's Jewry and twisted conspiracy theories depicting Jews as horrendous, bloodthirsty vermin set on world domination, has solid ground.
19:10 December 16, 2011 by RobinHood
Would posters please try and understand that the professor says his research does not implicate Israel, and that he has never held that opinion. I know it is a small point, but it does seem relevant to the debate.
20:28 December 16, 2011 by guliver
acidcritic"the Prof. come from a seious University so I believe him,also all the German Prof.were serious and famous and said that the Jews should be eliminated and people like you simple people did believe them.

Lukestar:"they were just happy that it happen-happy for what? for the fact the neo nazi who hates Jews and forgeiners killed innocent Norwegian children? as a son of holocaust survival I tell you that your ideas fit exactly those of the Nazi party about the Jews,this is exactly a blood label which was the instrument to attack the Jews for generations.

Rise:"they think they are allowed to do everything because of the Holocaust"

Exactly what Lukestar think but for other reason,but the end leson is allways the same: something bad happened in European who has to be blame? The Jews in Israel of course? does Israel has national interests to kill Norvegian children?does Israel has border conflict with Norway? does Norway minnance to destroy Israel?did the Norwegians do something bad to Israel? do Israel has economical conflicts with Norway?does Israel can have any political gain when NeoNazi kill Norwegian children?do we the surviviors of holocaust in Europe have any simpathy to Nazies and their helper?of course all the answers to these questions are negative,sending the supporters of that conspiracy theory in the Nazi party.
22:53 December 16, 2011 by godnatt

During WWII the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem practically begged Hitler to come to help them "solve" their Jewish problem in Palestine. Hitler was a little busy at the time.

So instead he helped recruit the Muslim SS Unit the Handschar, 20,000 strong, who led the charge in the Yugoslavian holocaust.

YOU are clearly the one who is completely clueless.
23:34 December 16, 2011 by davol
I recall earlier this year that the same Socialist party that Breivik attacked had issued a statement of solidarity for Hamas and the Palestinians with, I think, a bill that called for attacking Israel if they attacked Hamas. I don't put it past Israel to retaliate this way in response to that. I live in America where they obviously played a part in the 9/11 attacks, but few dare to comment or point out the mountain of evidence in the media about such things.

00:21 December 17, 2011 by anti zionist
Not surprising that Israel is doing this kind of the dirty attacks ... Zionist thought in isrial based on the consideration of every human being is not a Zionist Is the enemy and should be killed ..

The worst thought in the history of humanity since the birth of Christ is the Zionist thought ..

The thought that gave the world the Masonic movement
14:04 December 17, 2011 by guliver
Anti Zionist

ask your arabic friends in the middle east and abroad about dirty attacks, they do it for us for the last 64 years,it is time for you to sit down around the table and to talk about future peace and 2 states solution, keeping doing what you generally do ,attacks on Israel and Israelies will cause you much more suffering , your future generation will go on living in refuggie camps, you will not have any Palestinian state without a mutual agreement because the borders must be first established betwen the 2 states,and your economic and social situation will not be better,any more wars take the prices from both sides but looking at what you achieved in the last 64 years you will lose more territories and will have more victims
20:29 December 20, 2011 by oneoftheexplore
you should read his article first. i read another article of his which is related to this article ( i did not read this article since it is not in English).

it looks like that the one who quoted him made an unfair did.
07:04 December 25, 2011 by Socmobile
It seems that what the professor is saying is these dates were significant to Brevik, not that Israel was involved. He poses a series of questions about the nature of the 2 attacks. One question is about state involvement in the bombings. Another is about the significance of the date of the attacks. They aren't components of the same question. Also the professor didn't make up the events that may have been significant to Brevik. Israel did assassinate Ahmed Bouchiki and Mossad agents were arrested for killing this innocent man on July 22nd. As well the Irgun did set off a bomb at the King David Hotel killing nearly 100 people on July 22nd.
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