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.
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.