Utøya ‘God’s payment for opposing Israel’

Utøya 'God's payment for opposing Israel'
The book's writer Jeremy Hoff and Kjartan Mogen from Norway's Party of Christians. Photo: YouTube/Facebook
The young people killed in 2011’s brutal terror attack on the island of Utøya deserved to die because their organisation was too critical of Israel, a new book by a US evangelical Christian has claimed.
According to “22 July: The Prophecy”, the Norway’s Labour Party Youth (AUF), whose summer camp was attacked by the far-right terrorist Anders Breivik in 2011, was too supportive of Palestinians, making its members “enemies of God”. 
“When tragedy came, it was as a result of Norway’s fateful betrayal of Israel via the Oslo Accords. We reap what we sow,” the book’s author Jeremy Hoff, wrote in a response to a critical editorial in Norway’s Vårt Land newspaper. “It is true that I openly argue that the Utøya massacre was God’s direct judgment over Norway. Throughout the Bible, it is clear that God allows evil people and evil nations to exercise his direct judgments.”
Kjartan Mogen, the lead candidate for the Party of the Christians in Skien in this month’s country election, said he had met Hoff through the International Christian Zionist Centre, and supported his message. 
“The terrorism was the Devil’s work; the attacks occurred because of Labour and the AUF’s resistance against Israel, and God let it happen,” he told Dagbladet newspaper. “The Labour Party supports the Palestinian organisations PLO and Hamas.” 
Mani Hussaini, the AUF’s new leader of Norway’s Labour Party youth called Mogen’s support for the book “horrible, offensive, and disappointing”. 
Hoff, who works as an administrative pastor at the Shepherd of the Hills Church, published the work in Norwegian under his own imprint and has already sold several thousand copies. 
He draws on a prophecy he claims was made a year before the attacks and also on the strange numerical correlations which characterised the events, such as the fact that Breivik’s attack lasted precisely 77 minutes and also claimed 77 lives. 
On the book’s website, Gro Wenske, leader of Norway’s Committee for the Bible and Israel, calls it “fantastically good”. 
Jan Willem van der Hoeven, founder of the International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem wrote, that “This is a book which all Christians in Norway should read.” 
Terje Liverød, chief executive of the Catch The Fire School Of Ministry Norway, said it contained “enormously valuable information”. 
The book has received considerable publicity on Norway’s evangelical channel TV Visjon.