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Far-right anti-Muslim Network on Rise Globally as Breivik Trial Opens

The anti-Muslim movement is growing. I expect we’ll see even more groups this time next year:

Far-right anti-Muslim network on rise globally as Breivik trial opens

(The Guardian)

The international network of counter-jihadist groups that inspired Anders Behring Breivik is growing in reach and influence, according to a report released on the eve of the Norwegian’s trial.

Far-right organisations are becoming more cohesive as they forge alliances throughout Europe and the US, says the study, with 190 groups now identified as promoting an Islamophobic agenda.

This week Breivik will appear on trial in Oslo after confessing to the murder of 77 people in Norway last July, killings that he justified as part of a “war” between the west and Islamists.

The report, by anti-racism group Hope Not Hate, states that since the 33-year-old’s killing spree, the counter-jihad movement – a network of foundations, bloggers, political activists and street gangs – has continued to proliferate.

Campaigners cite the formation three months ago of the Stop Islamization of Nations (Sion) group, designed to promote an umbrella network of counter-jihad groups across Europe and the US, as evidence of a global evolution.

An inaugural Sion summit is planned in New York this year to coincide with the anniversary of 9/11. Speakers are set to include Paul Weston, chairman of the anti-Islamic British Freedom Party (BFP), which recently announced a pact with the English Defence League. In the manifesto that Breivik published online 90 minutes before his attacks, he cited blog postings by Weston which discussed a “European civil war” between the west and Islam.

Researchers at Hope Not Hate name the UK as one of Europe’s most active countries in terms of counter-jihad extremism, with 22 anti-Islamic groups currently operating.

In Europe as a whole, 133 organisations were named in the report, including seven in Norway, and another 47 in the US, where a network of neo-conservative, evangelical and conservative organisations attempts to spread “negative perceptions of Islam, Muslim minorities and Islamic culture”.

Nick Lowles, director of Hope Not Hate said: “Breivik acted alone but it was the ‘counter-Jihadist’ ideology that inspired him and gave him the reasoning to carry out these atrocious attacks. All eyes this week will be on what Breivik did last July, but we ignore those people who inspired him at our peril.”

Andreas Mammone, a historian at Kingston University in London and an expert on European fascism, said broader factors had helped the counter-jihad movement to consolidate support. “The economic crisis continues to promote nationalism alongside the need for a common enemy. A fear of radical Islam is being developed, the idea that it presents a threat to our freedom,” he said.

The report also identifies the counter-jihad network’s most influential figures, including EDL leader Stephen Yaxley-Lennon (known as Tommy Robinson), but also the more discreet London property tycoon Ann Marchini, whose details surfaced on a leaked list of EDL donors and who is understood to have attended counter-jihad conferences in Scandinavia, Brussels, Zurich and London. She attended a recent meeting where the EDL agreed its electoral pact with the BFP and is also understood to be involved with the UK wing of the Centre for Vigilant Freedom (CVF), and a well-funded US group renamed the International Civil Liberties Alliance (ICLA), which is based in Fairfax, Virginia, and co-ordinates individuals and groups in 20 countries.

The ICLA also runs the Counter-Jihad Europa website, which acts as a “clearing house for national initiatives to oppose the Islamisation of Europe”. Three months after Breivik’s attacks the ICLA organised a counter-jihad conference in London with the help of its European co-ordinator, Christopher Knowles, another EDL co-founder and director of the UK branch of the CVF, which is registered in Wakefield.

New anti-Islamic groups continue to emerge. Two weeks ago in Denmark, Yaxley-Lennon held the inaugural meeting of a Europe-wide network of defence leagues. Another new group, founded in Belgium last month, is Women Against Islamisation, a pan-European network whose launch was addressed by Jackie Cook, the wife of Nick Griffin, chairman of the British National party (BNP).

In Greece, polls suggest the ultra-nationalist Golden Dawn could pass the 3% threshold required to enter parliament in elections next month.

Another development concerns the hardening of links between European and US anti-Islamic organisations. US blogger Pamela Geller is a key figure driving closer transatlantic relations. Geller, who is president of Sion, was mentioned in Breivik’s manifesto and was a vociferous protester against the development of a mosque in Lower Manhattan in 2010.

The co-founder of Sion is Denmark’s Anders Gravers, organiser of Stop Islamisation of Europe. Gravers met Yaxley-Lennon in Denmark last month.

Campaigners are concerned that US neo-conservative and evangelical groups will begin sharing resources with the leagues. Images of EDL demonstrations are already used at Tea Party movement fundraising events, while officials from groups such as the Christian Action Network have met EDL activists. Other US and UK links include the Virginia-based anti-Islamic blog, the Gates Of Vienna, which counted Breivik as a contributor. As attention turns to Norway, experts are keen to stress that the country was not unusual in terms of the extent of its counter-jihadist movement. Among the online forums linked to Breivik are the nationalist blog, on which Breivik posted more than 100 comments.

Breivik – an admirer of the EDL – was also an online supporter of the Norwegian Defence League, which retains close links with its English counterpart.

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  • Alpha Omega
  • MasterQ


    I saw it on r/islam so i decided to post it here

  • Jai

    The British anti-racism group Hope not Hate have actually set up a separate website for the report discussed in the Guardian article: You can subsequently access the full details by clicking on the various section headings at the top of the screen.

    The section “Country Guide” is particularly good; it displays an international map with details of the number of main anti-Muslim organisations/individuals. Clicking on the numbers brings up further country-specific screens with very detailed information on the groups & people involved, including those based in the United States: . Loonwatchers will recognise many of those names.

  • Reynardine


  • Reynardine

    At least we can convene hear and know we’re not the only ones who perceive wat we perceive.

    You are right. Islamophobia is only the aperitif. This will, indeed, spread, as increasing numbers of people are defined as outgroups. That is why it is necessary, even now, to speak out on behalf of targets who are not us.

  • Michael Elwood

    Ali Sina is still selling woof tickets, eh? Why does he issue a challenge to debate and then place all kinds of conditions on it? Why does he insist on debating only scholars (even though he’s not a scholar)? Why does he insist that his opponent not be anonymous (even though he is anonymous)? Why does he insist that it be in writing?

    Concerning his claims about Muhammad and Islam, I think Zombie Hitchens said it best from beyond the grave: “That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence.”

    “Dr” Ali Sina thinks he can diagnos Muhammad as a madman, narcissist, and pedophile while being a thousand years and a thousand miles removed. Charles Krauthammer has criticized this type of long distance diagnosis:

    “As a former psychiatrist, I know how difficult it is to try to understand the soul of even someone you have spent hundreds of hours alone with in therapy. To think that one can decipher the inner life of some distant public figure is folly.”

    The Union of American Physicians and Dentists has also criticized long distance diagnosis:

    But “Dr” Ali Sina routinely engages in this type of long distance diagnosis of Muhammad (and even Barack Obama). His entire “argument” against Islam is basically a book-length ad hominem attack on Muhammad.

  • Sir David : Man on a phone with a french spell check

    Challenge this Guy on his site where hé is the judge And moderator. Mmmmmmm
    Sounds like the fix is in to me
    I seem to remember something about no point in talking to those who dont want to believe
    Anyway has this Guy got 100000 coconuts never mind dollars

  • IbnAbuTalib

    MasterQ: Tell Danios, Ali Sina has a challenge

    That’s a bogus challenge.

  • MasterQ


    Tell Danios, Ali Sina has a challenge:

  • crow

    It doesn’t surprise me, this is the attitude of the people who commuted genocide in this country, South America, Africa, etc…scum who feel entitled to everything and mindlessly hats anything that is not them. And if it comes to a situation like the Nazis again…they’ll be destroyed no matter who is on their side

  • NurAlia


    I guess you all are experiencing the rise of the New Nazi party…and for now, only the Muslims are concerned because we are thier ‘stated targets’

    Belive me though, these people, now that they have gained a foothold in western discourse, will expose themselves as the White, Christian, anti diversity bigots they really are soon.

    Of course, like Nazi Germany…they will have gained so much influence and power that citizens who dont belive what they do will be forced to join a side, like the current Pope of the Catholic Church ‘claims’ to have been forced to do.

    Anders Brevik killed what he belived were immigrant sympathisers (he…and the rest of the lot like him use Muslim because it is popular to hate, just like it was the Jews in Nazi Germany)…people he believed were traitors to the ethnic purity of his country.

    Hopefully…as it seems we have done in history, we never forget the people who died standing up for the stated victims of atrocities, and hold them in the same rememberane as we do the stated victims.

    There will be many of us…I am afraid, because I think it is already too late to stop.

  • Ohhh – but the violence and radicalization of the radical right is never on the radar screen of Europol and the national security and intelligence agencies. The only thing that Europol and national security agencies are concerned about are the phantom “jihadists and Islamists” and at the same time do not provide the same level of protection for religious minorities. they appear, as in Germany, to regard the radical right as “pro-state” and Muslim commu8nities as “deserving victims.”

    We also have the problem of “political parties” like Geert Wilders and his “Freedom Party” (sic) being given legitimacy for extreme views when they are allowed to become actors in the political system.

    THIS IS A THREAT TO PEACE, but European security agencies simple care and cannot see the real threat. This is the same problem that lead to the rise of the Nazi Party in Germany in the 1930s. Back then, they did not know better – but today there should be red flags all over Europe and also in the international community – in the European Union, as well as at the United Nations. This rise of the radical right and its hate politics as legitimate politics in Europe must be stopped as a threat to peace.

    Europol especially – but also the AIVD – need to realize that “Islamists and jihadists” pose no real threat to freedom and democracy in European nations – but the radical right poses a threat of real violence and terrorism. “Political parties” like the PVV would turn their nations into uncivilized, rogue regimes if they ever got a hold of the powers of government. We have every reason to believe that if Geert Wilders ever got to be minster-president and there was a PVV cabinet, we would see violent persecutions of Muslims, but also the political Left and anybody that “does not look Dutch.”

    Why in God’s name it is that the AIVD, Europol, the European Union and the average European voter cannot or will not see this is absolutely unbelievable! The only explanation is that the European media is now dominated by right-wing thinking journalists, who have an anti-Muslim bend, having been mislead into believing that European Muslims would stymie their “freedom of speech” in journalism. We can notice this anti-Muslim bend when a suspect of a violent crime is a Muslim, we then see the “terrorism and jihad” discourse of the media and governments.

    Lastly – we can wonder about how much anti-Muslim biased, terrorism study field discourse and its biased “radicalization models” are playing in stoking and feeding into the discourse of the radical right. We can see that the anti-Muslim hate of Pim Fortuyn and Geert Wilders is feeding this, but what of certain “terrorism experts” (not just Pipes and Spencer, but Paul Paul Wilkinson) have said about “al-Qaeda terrorism in the West.”

    What is needed is a discourse analysis study that compares terrorism “expert” discourse to anti-Muslim hate discourse of the Euro-American radical right. I bet they feed off of one another like dirty little pigs at a trough!

  • @Reynardine

    I sincerely hope its not coming to that.

  • Reynardine

    I smell 1933.

  • @Emperor

    Let’s hope this trend doesn’t continue much longer. The last thing we need are more hate mongers, and people who believe in paranoid conspiracy theories.

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