NRK – a bastion of misinformation

Once more, tempers have been brought to a boil on the West Bank, this time the flames of hatred are being stoked by the PA and their buddies who – incapable of facing the consequences of their own corruption, nepotism and general inability to get the job done – now find it much more convenient to find an excuse, any excuse, invented or real, to incite to violence against Israel and Israelis. Our national propaganda machine, NRK, is busy broadcasting the Palestinian version, while bending over backwards to pretend that there is no Israeli version.

lifted from NRK.no (bad google translate)

Palestinian prisoner died of torture

It was torture that killed of the Palestinian prisoner Arafat Jaradat, not heart attack, a Palestinian autopsy report states.
Published 24/2/2013 10:14 p.m.. Updated 02/24/2013 22:20
Palestinians have demonstrated in several places in the West Bank after Jaradat, a 30-year-old father of two from Sair near Hebron, died in Megiddo prison in Israel on Saturday.

Israeli officials have said that Jaradat died of a heart attack, but many Palestinians do not buy that explanation.

On Sunday night, said chief pathologist in the Palestinian Authority (PA), Saber Aloul that Jaradat body had signs that he had been tortured during questioning.

– There was nothing that would indicate that he died of a heart attack, said Aloul, who autopsied Jaradat in Israel.

– Killed Him
The autopsy report showed multiple fractures in many places on the body, including the skull, while the heart was healthy.

– These results show that Israel killed him, the Palestinian minister for prisoner affairs, Issa Qaraqaa, said on Sunday.

On Sunday, 3,000 Palestinian prisoners went on hunger strike in connection with the death, and the Palestinians revolted in the streets in support of the hunger strike end.

In Jaradat’s hometown just outside Hebron protesters burned tires in the streets and threw stones at soldiers who again responded with tear gas and rubber bullets.

On Sunday, the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu demanded that the Palestinian Authority cracks down on protests in the West Bank.

The fear is that the protests would turn into a major riot.

This compares very badly to the BBC version, another institution with no lost love for Israel, but in the very least, BBC bosses know they will be scolded and forced to retract, hence their coverage of the exact same story is pretty much in line with available info in Israel:

Palestinian prisoners stage fast over inmate death

Palestinian relatives and friends mourn Arafat Jaradat, who died in an Israeli prison, after his body was handed over by Israeli authorities on Sunday at a hospital in the West Bank city of HebronMr Jaradat’s body was handed over to grieving relatives and friends on Sunday, following an autopsy that drew conflicting interpretations

Thousands of Palestinian prisoners are refusing food for one day in protest at the death of a fellow detainee.

Arafat Jaradat, 30, appeared to have died of a heart attack on Saturday, the Israeli prison service said.

Palestinians said an autopsy performed on Sunday revealed signs of torture, but Israelis said injuries were probably from attempts at resuscitation and that key tests were still needed.

Israel has launched an investigation into what happened.

Mr Jaradat’s death comes after a week of violent clashes between the Israeli army and Palestinian youths over the continued detention of four hunger strikers.

The clashes continued on Sunday, fuelled by news of Mr Jaradat’s death.

Stone-throwing protesters in the West Bank towns of Hebron, Ramallah, Nablus, Jenin and elsewhere faced off with Israeli soldiers deploying tear gas and stun grenades.

One Palestinian man was said to have been seriously wounded after being hit with live rounds.

In Gaza City, women gathered with flags and posters to protest at the conditions of more than 4,500 Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails.

‘Heart was healthy’

At least 3,000 Palestinian prisoners are believed to have refused meals on Sunday in protest at Mr Jaradat’s death.

Mr Jaradat, a father of two from the village of Sair, near Hebron, in the southern West Bank, died suddenly on Saturday in Israeli’s Megido prison.

Palestinian women take part in a protest against the death of a Palestinian detainee in an Israeli jail, in Gaza City (24 Feb 2013)Women gathered in Gaza City to protest against Mr Jaradat’s death

He was arrested last week on suspicion of throwing stones at Israeli soldiers.

Palestinian human rights groups have suggested Mr Jaradat died either during or shortly after interrogation.

On Sunday, Mr Jaradat’s body underwent an autopsy attended by a Palestinian pathologist.

A preliminary findings statement said that “no signs of external injury were found apart from marks of resuscitation and a small friction on the right side of the chest”.

But it added that “the preliminary findings are not sufficient to determine the cause of death”, saying the results of additional tests had not yet been received.

This judgment was dismissed by Palestinian Minister of Prisoners Issa Karake, who said the Palestinian doctor attending the autopsy had told him there was no sign of a heart attack.

“The evidence corroborates our suspicion that Jaradat died as a result of torture, especially since the autopsy clearly proved that the victim’s heart was healthy,” Mr Karake said in a statement.


Palestinian prisoners

  • Israel holds 4,517 Palestinians in its jails
  • 1,031 held until the conclusion of legal proceedings
  • 178 in administrative detention (without charge or trial)
  • 170 are under the age of 18

(Source: Israel Prison Service December 2012)

He called for an independent international inquiry into Israel’s treatment of Palestinian detainees.

Earlier, an envoy for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made “an unequivocal demand” to the Palestinian Authority to calm the surge of protests.

But a senior aide to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas blamed Israel for the upsurge in anger – and analysts say the protests seem likely to continue in light of the claims surrounding the death of Mr Jaradat, who is due to be buried on Monday.

A statement from the office of Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad on Saturday expressed “deep sorrow and shock over the martyrdom of prisoner Arafat Jaradat”.

As of December 2012, Israel held 4,517 Palestinians in its jails.

Of these 1,031 are being held until the conclusion of legal proceedings, 178 are in administrative detention and 170 are under 18 years of age.

Israeli officials say they use administrative detention when they fear an immediate risk to security or to protect informants.

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Club said the number of inmates on open-ended hunger strike had climbed to 11 from four.

In the NRK version of the events, one could easily get the impression that it is the PA pathologist who conducted the autopsy, whereas he merely observed it. Maybe the NRK is trying to create another Muhammed al Dura moment?

Whatever the reason, you can trust the NRK to take the opportunity of what appears to be some pretty wild claims, to present the views of a professor who increasingly is viewed as somebody who was given the job for the sake of equal opportunities and not real merit, our old friend Hilde  Henriksen Waage: She has a point though, Norway has been massively funding the  PA, however money seems to never quite have reached their intended recipients, or somehow “disappeared” in some funny budged hole. Go figure. But it is always handy to have Israel to blame it on… Also for our FM Eide.

lifted from NRK.no (bad google translate)

– We pay for Israel’s occupation

The West Bank:Norwegian aid money helps Israel to occupy Palestine. And the further away from peace Israelis and Palestinians are, the more money pours out of Norway foreign aid wallet.

Anne Vinding

Published 18/02/2013, at. Updated 5:29 p.m. today at. 10:35
This is the belief of  professor and PRIO researcher Hilde Henriksen Waage.

– It is quite clear that we and other donors to pay for the occupation. And then it is very timely to ask what the money is going to. But what alternatives are there? We know that Israel will not pay, at least not to maintain current level of living standards, developing Waage.

20 years after the Oslo Accords were signed, there is still no peace between Israelis and Palestinians. In the time that has passed, Norway has spent over 8 billion in aid to the Palestinian territories according to the Foreign Ministry. In addition, 2 billion to the Palestinian refugees.

Altogether, Norway has paid 10 billion in 20 years.

And the flow of money has increased each year since the agreement was signed in Oslo: In 1993, Norway 46 million assistance. In 2012, this figure increased to 655 million.

– When things go bad with peace, so paying more for Norway both wanted peace and present position. We have always thought that only we provide enough financial aid, establishing infrastructure and institutions, it would contribute to the goal: a Palestinian state. We thought that we could buy peace, said Waage.

– But there is no doubt that when it comes to peace that nothing has improved in the last 20 years. Everything is rather getting worse. The wealth of the individual may have increased somewhat in the West Bank. But for peace it has become worse , she adds.

Most money
According to Norad 4.2 million Palestinians live in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem. That means that every single Palestinian gets over 150 million of Norway. It put the Palestinians on the Norwegian aid top, if one looks at the development of each individual citizen. By comparison, receives an Afghan 22 million. Other countries receive far less per capita.

– Norway is caught in its own peace process. They feel obligated to pay more the worse it goes with peace. Norway has become his catch in this game. The goals that were once set to reach the Palestinian state is not true: There is no agreement on water, land, borders and resources, said Waage.

– My research shows that from 1993 the harder it was to get others to pay, the more you choose Norway to pay. For political reasons choose Norway to pay so much, she adds.

Budget support
Norway billion has also been used to build Palestinian institutions. Around 2 billion Norway has spent on good governance in the Palestinian territories according to Norad.

It’s more money than anyone in Lillehammer paid in taxes last year.

In addition, Norway has in recent years poured money directly into the Palestinian budget. Palestinians Salam Fayyad has received 300 million a year directly into the national wallet since he became prime minister.

The money has given the Palestinians some results: The Palestinian institutions are better than in many other countries as independent states. Both the World Bank, the UN and the International Monetary Fund believe the Palestinians are ready to take over management entirely in their own country.

– State-building has gone very well, while the economy is very bad. And there is a reason – and that is the Israeli occupation, says Foreign Minister Espen Barth-Eide.

– Are we to pay for Israel’s occupation?

– We are not there now because this is part of a state-building project, but the message is that if we are at a standstill this year after year after year from now, then one might eventually end up there. But I believe strongly that we are not there today, but I feel it is very important to confront the Israelis that there is an obvious risk, respond Barth Eide.

Self-government
During the last meeting of the donor group AHLC took Barth Eide up precisely this fear that Palestinians will be forever dependent on aid.

– Our task will not be completed until the Palestinian economy can flourish and ensure economic independence. The Palestinian Authority will not be a perennial permanent client of the international donor community, said Barth Eide during his opening speech.

He emphasized that while Norway and donors’ goal should be the establishment of an independent, democratic and viable Palestinian state that will live side by side with Israel.

– They should live within mutually recognized borders in peace and security, and in a way that both Palestinians and Israelis to realize their national aspirations, says Barth Eide.

Henriksen Waage does not believe that will ever happen:

– It is clear to everyone that peace project has failed. There is no Palestinian state. There are few institutions in the West Bank, but there is no clear to take over and run a state. It’s harder than ever, says Henriksen Waage.

– Do you have any solutions to the conflict?

– No. I’ve stopped believing. The only small hope I have is that Israel itself sees that it is best served by something other than the current solution. Perhaps it may be forced now when the window is different for Obama. But I’m not sure whether he will put his political career on the line for peace in the Middle East, responds Henriksen Waage.

2 comments for “NRK – a bastion of misinformation

  1. Yevgeni
    February 26, 2013 at 9:14 am

    Norway has in recent years poured money directly into the Palestinian budget. Palestinians Salam Fayyad has received 300 million a year directly into the national wallet since he became prime minister.

    WTF ?? directly to him ??

  2. Martin
    February 26, 2013 at 10:41 am

    So Israel must once again have to go through with an investigation. For what? to satisfy the Jew haters who will ever be satisfied.

    I really do believe now that all my good intentions towards the Arab settlers within Judea and Samaria (Shomron) is well and truly over. They will never be satisfied with a three state solution which is what most people ask for. The tewo state solution already exists with Israel west of the River Jordan and Jordan, where the Fakestinians are in the majority east of the River Jordan. both sides formed part of the Mandate of Palestine.

    The only ral solution is for Norway to either absorb all the Fakestinians whom they love so much and feel such affinity with with. And/or to help them all move over to Jordan where a state already exists and continue the great aid programme there.

    The Jews in Israel will not commit suicide for the sake of good relations with Norway, nor for the benefit of Mr Abbas.

    I believe it is wonderful for Norway with all it’s tremendous oilrich wealth to fund their pet hobby/project and not worry about other more important projects for real refugees. Perhaps Mr Eide might wish to visit the Kurds, understand their problem in not receiving their promised homeland and be in a state of permanent conflict with Turkey, Russia, Iran and Iraq, as he is with little Israel.

    Of course, the potential enemies will be a far greater menace to norway than Israel.

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