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100.000 defend synagogue shooting
Islamist is far from alone
Published: 59 minutes ago Lise Marit Kalstad
Islamist Ubaydullah Hussain intimidates Norwegian Jews.
Vårtland: – He has a greater resonance in the population than we like to believe, says researcher Øyvind Kopperud.
The report “Anti-Semitism in Norway?”, written by the Center for Studies of Holocaust and Religious Minorities was released in may this year.
Questions in the survey included one about what people think about the shots that were fired at the synagogue in Oslo in 2006. 4 percent of the respondents support the statement, “When one thinks of how Israel treats Palestinians, such actions are justified.”
– 4 per cent, correlates to more than 100,000 people of the adult population in Norway. It tells me that Ubaydullah Hussain is by no means alone in his attitudes toward Jews. He has a greater resonance than we like to think. At the same time this confirms that many people confuse the state of Israel and the Jewish population in Norway, one of the co-authors of the report, researcher Øivind Kopperud says.
Arrested and charged.
VG.no Wednesday wrote that Jews in Norway miss police protection. Later that day Ubaydullah Hussain wrote on his Facebook page: “I will give them protection, InshAllah. As soon as I have completed my hunter’s license and obtain an AK47. “ Hussain wrote further, “It is a pity that the brother who shot the synagogue in 2005 or 2006 did not hit anyone”, referring to the shootings at synagogue in Oslo in 2006.
Arfan Bhatti was convicted of complicity in the shoots. Hussain has emerged as a spokesman for the Islamist group the Prophet’s Ummah, where Bhatti is said to be active. The Police Security Service was notified, and yesterday Hussain was arrested. He is charged with threats, however on account of intimidation against journalists for one to two weeks ago. – We will now consider the new threats (Mr. Hussain) has presented and view them in the same context as the ongoing case, Chief Constable John Roger Lund at Stovner Police told the NTB.
Kopperud believes Hussain made the statements in order to spread fear.
– I am unable to ascertain whether or not he is able to do what he says. But such statements are extremely radicalizing, and he may incite others to do something. In addition Hussain is spreading fear and uncertainty, says Kopperud.
The leader of the Jewish community (DMT) Ervin Kohn believes Hussain Facebook comments are “on the verge” of threats. – It is uncomfortable to read, and we take it seriously. The atmosphere in the community is affected by what he wrote, says Kohn. He is disappointed that the police did not get in direct contact with the Jewish Community . –
Parents are calling me and asking if they can deliver the children in our kindergarten. I would like to say that it is totally safe because we have talked to the police, but I cannot, Kohn says.
Says it was sarcasm.
In a Wednesday night Evening News interview with Hussain, he neither confirmed nor denied whether the Facebook comment was meant as a threat to Norwegian Jews. This provokes the Holocaust center researcher. – It is extremely serious. We can not accept that a person interviewed on the Evening News, says such things. It undermines the democratic principles and rules of our society. What he wrote online is a specific threat to a minority, not free speech, says Kopperud.
- Wakeup call.
He believes that Hussain’s comments should serve as a wakeup call for the police. – They must listen to the the Jewish community when they says they feel threatened. It is extremely important that the police take the threats seriously, this can not be dismissed as foolish pranks, the researcher says.
- Out of proportion
In a recent online commentary, Hussain writes that his Facebook remarks have been “blown out of proportion” and that they are innocent and intended to be sarcastic. He also writes that he has not talked about a AK-47 weapon, according to Dagbladet.