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August 1, 2011

Boikott Israel: Pre-Massacre Shots from Utoya Island

It’s hard to post these photos without feeling like I’m providing Breivik with contextual cover for his hatred and insanity. But it’s not like he witnessed the activities on the Utoya island and decided to shoot people. He planned far in advance. My first, and obvious, thought was that the Norwegian Labor Party had very different views from Anders Breivik. With my second thought, I wondered how many of these young people are still alive.

Photo one needs no translation; the sign in photo two says: Defeat the blockade of Gaza. More information here.

(Photos 1: SCANPIX, Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Store visits the camp; Photo 2, unknown.)

  • Guest

    “It’s hard to post these photos without feeling like I’m providing Breivik with contextual cover for his hatred and insanity.”
    FWIW, they’ve been published in Israel days ago.

  • BooksAlive

    I recently learned that Reuters was once accused of cropping photos taken aboard certain ships which favored the protesters. With the mock games at Utoya, we see all smiles, but that would not be so off Israel. Still, isn’t it their goal to support a recognition of two states?

  • marc sobel

    Glennthebeck said they sounded like Hitler youth.  They don’t look like it.

    • http://ralfast.wordpress.com/ Ralfast

      Because they are not. But then again Glenny Boy is not known for his strong connection to the truth.

  • Glenn

    It’s hard to keep in mind that in other countries, Israel doesn’t have the sacred cow status that it does in the US. Yes, the  Labor Party’s position on Israel surely contributed to Breivik’s hatred of it, but to Norwegian society at large, these positions were probably far less controversial and remarkable than they appear to us here in the United States.

  • omen

    only fervent supporters of israeli policy deserve any sympathy. right?

    • omen

      i’m sorry, michael, i worded this poorly. i wasn’t accusing or assigning this sentiment to you. i meant to put it out there in a general way. this is a view that some people do hold.

  • Alex

    “It’s hard to post these photos without feeling like I’m providing Breivik with contextual cover for his hatred and insanity.”

    Why? All I’m seeing is young people with political opinions there, opinions that aren’t that far outside the mainstream (outside the US) and not at all based in malice. “They believed people shouldn’t be starved so their land can be stolen” doesn’t provide any cover for the fact that they were murdered.

  • tinwoman

    Breivik is a straight up Neocon Israel firster as much as he is a white supremacist.

    Eventually, we’re going to have to ask ourselves why criticism of Israel can never be allowed to enter the discussion.

  • Guest

    The first picture was taken at the AUF summer camp the day before the massacre.
    As for the second picture: “…I wondered how many of these young people are still alive”, you wrote. The answer is: Probably all of them.
    This is not from the Labour Party Youth (AUF)’s summer camp 2011. The red-haired young man in front is holding a flag which reads “Sosialistisk ungdom” – “Socialist Youth”. This is the youth party for the Socialist Left Party (Sosialistisk venstreparti) in Norway. They were scheduled to hold their summer camp at Utøya the week after AUF, so we can safely assume that this photo was taken at their summer camp in 2010 – or 2009, even. (I haven’t been able to find the original.)
    The Socialist Left Party is politically to the left of the Norwegian Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet).

  • Rubme

    Genesis chapter 12:3……or will Norway embrace islam and all the fun it is?

    • http://ralfast.wordpress.com/ Ralfast

      What?

  • Rubme

    Genesis chapter 12:3……or will Norway embrace islam and all the fun it is?

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