Apr 20 2012
Head Of Jewish Defence League UK (EDL's Jewish Division) Supports Anders Breivik, Says Victims 'Not Innocent'
Roberta Moore, who was intimately connected to the anti-Muslim English Defence League (EDL) and continues to run their Jewish Division’s Facebook page, has expressed her support for Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik – and described his teenage victims as being “not innocent”.
In a post made on April 17th to the Jewish Defence League UK Blogger site, believed to be run by Moore and supported bycomments posted in her name on Facebook, she describes the Norwegian court as a “kangaroo court”, asks whether a “man like Breivik in a case such as this surely deserves a better trial than that?”, refers to the “Leftist slander constantly being thrown to undermine him and his views”, and defends him against charges of child murder by parroting Breivik’s defence that his victims were young adults, attending an “indoctrination camp”, and who were “not innocent”. A comment attributed to Moore states
I hold the same amount of sympathy for the (sic) those on Utoya as I would if somebody committed this act on a Hitler Youth camp in the 1940’s, or were they just ‘children’ as well?
Such offensive comments will no doubt prove awkward for the EDL, who have recently been attempting to change their image as a group of thuggish racists, by repeatedly stating that they stand firmly against violence and extremism.
Whilst Moore claimed to have left the EDL in June last year, she was until then closely connected to the group’s leadership and inner circle, with whom she apparently maintained contact after her departure. She even reportedly helped EDL leader Stephen Lennon (a.k.a. “Tommy Robinson”) attend an EDL demonstration in September last year – from which he had been banned, resulting in his arrest for breach of bail conditions – by smuggling him in dressed as a rabbi.
Moore is also said to be friends with shadowy EDL financier and strategist Alan Ayling (a.k.a. “Alan Lake”), a wealthy businessman who was recently suspended from his management post at a major international development bank, after the discovery of his real identity. A disaffected founding member of the EDL named Paul Ray has confirmed that Ayling was present at the first 2009 meeting of the group, which actually took place in Ayling’s expensive London flat.
Ayling has admitted funding the EDL, and whilst he publically condemned Breivik’s attack he also described it as “chickens come home to roost”. Other disturbing comments made by Ayling on his “4Freedoms” website include his suggestion in July last year that David Cameron, Nick Clegg, and the Archbishop of Canterbury, be executed.
If Moore is no longer connected to the EDL, then it is surprising that the Facebook page she operates still carries their name, being titled as it is “EDL English Defence League Jewish Division (Official)”.
Presumably Moore could change the name of the page (as you are entitled to do on Facebook if your business name changes), and if not, surely the EDL could get the page shut down if it is illegally using their organisation’s name?
The EDL do not appear to have yet distanced themselves from Moore’s latest comments; no statement has been issued on their website, where the last news post is entitled “Why David Cameron Is Wrong About ‘Islamic Extremism'” and dates from April 18th, the day after Moore’s offensive blog post.
It is odd that an organisation who claim to be peaceful and against violence seem not to be attempting damage limitation by disowning Roberta Moore, and distancing themselves from her offensive opinions – especially when in one Facebook comment she chillingly states that
Breivik won’t be in prison for long and there will be others who will make Breivik look like a walk in the park.