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Swedish prof ‘insinuates’ Israel tie to Breivik attack

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The Local
December 14, 2011

A Swedish academic has come under fire in Norway after writing an article suggesting that Israel played a part in the July 22nd massacre carried out by Anders Behring Breivik that claimed 77 lives.

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.


Written by Maidhc Ó Cathail

December 25, 2011 at 8:26 am

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  1. This one’s a real stretch.


    December 27, 2011 at 4:49 am

  2. There’s a lot we don’t know about the Norway massacre. One thing we do know, however, is that groups and individuals from across the political spectrum with ties to Israel were quick to exploit the terror in Norway to target their critics. See, for example, my articles on the reaction of the ADL and Anne Applebaum to the tragedy.

    Speaking of a real stretch, here’s a report from the Norwegian press:

    Kun timer før Anders Behring Breivik begynte å skyte ungdommer på Utøya, avsluttet politiets beredskapstropp en øvelse hvor de øvde på en nesten identisk situasjon.

    Only hours before Anders Breivik Behring began to shoot children at Utøya, the police emergency squad finished an exercise where they practiced an almost identical situation.

    Maidhc Ó Cathail

    December 27, 2011 at 11:04 am

  3. I really like your shedding light on the funding behind and the tactics of the ADL and similar groups but I think this Breivik story is a wrong turn for people ferreting out the AIPAC, Israelicon agenda. The timing of police exercises in relation to the attack appears to just be a coincidence and the Norwegian article linked to reports that the police there are pretty much continuously training and even if it were more than a coincidence I fail to see what the significance would be.

    Here are some Iran related stories that really worry me, Maidhc:


    December 28, 2011 at 11:49 pm

  4. Thanks, Duncan.

    Juan Zarate of the CSIS. Interesting board of trustees there.

    Speaking of identical terror drills, here’s one that really pushes the other limits of coincidence:

    Maidhc Ó Cathail

    December 29, 2011 at 4:19 pm

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