World Bulletin / News Desk
The Norwegian Defence League (NDL), an anti-Islamic group closely associated with the English Defence League (EDL), has published a list of hundreds of Muslim companies and organizations on its website.
The list was assembled based on listings in the Public Entity Registry. Lars Johnny Aardal, deputy leader of the NDL, stated the purpose for its publication was "to show the extent of Islam and Muslims in Norway".
As a prologue, the NDL wrote:
"The list is far from complete, and a longer list can be prepared with multiple keywords or keyword changes we have used. We have only included entries under the keywords "Islam, Kurdish, Turkish, Muslim, Iranian, Iraqi, Somali, Pakistani, Arabic, Mohammed, Ali and Hussein."
Terje Emberland, a senior scientist at the Norwegian Center for Studies of Holocaust and Religious Minorities, told Norwegian press that a list of this sort had only been published once before in Norwegian history when an anti-Semite compiled a list of Jewish businesses in the 1930s. Emberland stated that "In this way, the NDL clearly exposes its character, and aligns with the fascist and racist tradition to which it belongs."
Khamshajiny Gunaratnam, Deputy of Ungdom mot rasisme (Youth against Racism Organization), rewsponded to the list by saying: “I also thank NDL! They give me a good idea of the strength of the Muslims for the Norwegian society. Those people organize themselves, start businesses and participate in society. Oh, what a delight!”
Inspired by the EDL’s foundation in 2009, the NDL was eastblished around the end of 2010 and the start of 2011. Despite leadership conflicts between factions in early 2011, the group was eventually led by Lena Andreassen for approximately a month before being discharged after an unsuccessful April 9, 2011 demonstration.
After the July 22, 2011 attacks in Norway, it was disclosed that attacker Anders Behring Breivik had been a prior NDL member under the pseudonym "Sigurd Jorsalfar," a name derived from medieval Norwegian crusader-king Sigurd the Crusader.
Breivik’s December 6, 2009 forum post on the Norwegian website Document.no is also the first documented proposal regarding the establishment of a Norwgian organization along the lines of the EDL.
Norwegian media disclosed that a late August investigation of 2011 local electoral lists exposed that eight Norwegian politicians from five parties had membership to the NDL internet forum.
A secretly recorded informal conversation revealed that two mayoral candidates from the right-wing Democrats party had discussed killings during gathering arranged by the Stop the Islamisation of Norway group in February 2011 in Oslo.
Håvar Krane, mayoral candidate in Kristiansund, expressed his desire of "putting a Glock in the neckhole" of Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre and "blocking all the exits with Molotov cocktails" during the government cabinet’s Christmas dinner to Kaspar Birkeland, mayoral candidate in Ålesund. Krane had been an NDL leader during a transitional period for three weeks.Last Mod: 05 Mart 2013, 17:42