Progressive Party: Norway should threaten to withhold funding for Palestinians

lifted from aftenposten.no (Bad google translate…)

 

Progress Party: Norway should threaten to withhold funding for Palestinian

The Progress Party requires that Norway freezes transfer of funds to the Palestinian Authority. The party believes that money ends up as wages to  Palestinian prisoners convicted of terrorism, the Christian Daily Vårt Land writes.

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Published: March 11th. 2013 6:53 Updated: March 11th. 2013 06:53

Last year, the then-Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre (Ap) explained that Palestinian prisoners convicted of terrorism and in Israeli jails, do not receive salaries from the Palestinian Authority during the course of the prison term, but receive a  form of social support for families.

But last month, State Secretary Torgeir Larsen (Ap) said that the prisoners do receive social support, and it also goes to the “long-term prisoners convicted of serious terrorist attacks.” The Progress Party now requires action.

– We must be willing to threaten to withhold some of the large amount of money  Norway gives to the Palestinian Authority every year, Morten Høglund of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs tells Vårt Land.

Høglund believes the government’s attitude to the Palestinian prisoner support is weak. He has the support of the Conservatives’ aid policy spokesman Peter Gitmark. He believes Scrutiny and Constitutional Committee should examine whether the government has neglected the responsibility of information.

The Committee has now sent a letter to the Foreign Ministry, asking if UD can document that Norwegian funds to the Palestinian Authority has not gone to pay imprisoned Palestinians convicted of terrorism.

Neither Secretary Espen Barth Eide (Labour) nor State Secretary Torgeir Larsen would like to comment on the matter until later this week,  after the Foreign Ministry has given its answer to Parliament.

 

4 comments for “Progressive Party: Norway should threaten to withhold funding for Palestinians

  1. Ellen
    March 11, 2013 at 8:45 am

    Good job,FRP! More ordinary people need to know about this, and how the government is pulling the curtains over their eyes.

    We need to get rid of those guys in September.

  2. Martin
    March 12, 2013 at 7:20 am

    Yes, I am sure all decent Norwegians are hoping the FRP can win, p[referable without having to join a partnership with SV,and the socialists. Wiuth the ever expanding and highly influential MIFF, this professionally run blog and Dr Suissa’s blog, a slight glimmer of hope beckons, like the first crack of sunlight in a long dark tunnel of hate

  3. Ellen
    March 12, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    Martin, FRP and SV will never be in a government together. They hate each others’ faces because of the immigration debate. And SV is so tiny now they don’t pull any weight in winning an election. 😀

  4. Martin
    March 13, 2013 at 7:36 am

    Ellen, nothing in Norwegian politics will surprise me. I appreciate both parties are at different ends. FrP is centre right, while SV is extreme left. The problem in Norway is becausae the same system of forming a government is the same. Too many parties (Israel is far worse I know) join together to obtain power which all too often leads to corruption. No country is immune.

    However,when I see extreme left and extreme right unite against Israel, it proves over and over again,, that the difference is minute As I often point out (Yes Eric R. I know we consider the Nazis as left wing anbd not right, but most will disagree) Ellen we have the extreme rabid rightwing Nazi party National Socialists hatred of the Jews vs the extreme loony leftwing Communist parties International Socialists hatred of the Jews and Israel. The only difference is the term Inter.

    In the UK, Sir Oswald Mosley wwas a member of the Labour party asnd them started his blackshirted Socialist party. Hitler and Stalin were both Socialists, both murderers, both hated the the Jews, both used similat systems, just Hitler was more open and deliberately set out to murder all the Jews, as against a limited number by Stalin.

    Although I am not a Norwegian, I do have some personal knowledge of the FrP. Ha det bra

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