Oh, this is going to hurt a lot….
But excellent news for all of us who are critical of Norway’s open purse policy with regards to Palestinian terror salaries. Now it turns out that ‘some money might have been paid in salaries to convicted terrorists’. Ouch, there is no amount of political smooth talking that can straighten this ugly dent in our ‘peace making’ facade…
lifted from dagen.no, bad google translate:
Admits wrong information about terrorist salary
The Parliament might have been given “imprecise” information about whether Norway finances terrorists in Israeli prisons, admits FM Espen Barth Eide.
– This does not correspond completely with the responses Parliament has received previously. Previous information provided has clarified that Norwegian funding has not gone to the salaries of terrorists serving sentences or their families, says Anders Anundsen (FRP).
He is Chairman of the Standing Scrutiny and Constitutional Committee.
The Christian Democrats have repeatedly questioned whether the Norwegian aid money goes to Palestinian terrorists in Israeli prisons.
– It is unfortunate
Monday the foreign minister replied in a letter, in response to questions from both KrF representative Kjell Ingolf Ropstad and the Scrutiny and Constitutional Committee.
There it emerges that the MFA has recently received information indicating that “differences in both the means testing and channels of support is larger and more extensive than what we have assumed, according to the earlier information we received from the PA.”
– It is unfortunate that the information was first communicated to the Parliament, which also was based on information obtained from the PA at the time, in retrospect, is imprecise, writes Barth Eide.
– Might have financed terrorists
The Scrutiny and Constitutional Affairs will deal with the response from FM Eide onTuesday. Committee Chairman Anundsen is not satisfied with the response from the Minister.
– The Foreign Minister admits here that the previous information we have received not only inaccurate, but incomplete and misleading. I think this happened because the Foreign Office did not go deep enough in the question, but relayed information from the Palestinian Authority, said Ropstad.
Anundsen points out that the foreign minister largely confirms that Norwegian money can be used to finance the livelihood of t convicted terrorists.
– If so, I believe that it is unacceptable and that it must be the subject of political attention.
The MFA to send letter to the Palestinians
The ministry will send a letter to the Palestinian Authority (PA), in collaboration with the UK, to get more details about how the Palestinians are using financial support from donor countries.
Until now, the Foreign Ministry informed the Parliament that the direct support to the Palestinian prisoners ‘ cover food costs and social benefit to the prisoners’ families.
It is based on information from the PA, which was repeated when Norwegian representatives met Prime Minister Fayyad last week.
Might be paying salaries for serious crimes
According to the MFA, around 4600 Palestinians serve prison time after being convicted in the military court in Israel. Among those you have rock-throwing minors, Hamas legislators, and long-term prisoners who have committed terrorist acts.
Information the NRK presented in February, however, shows that support from Norway to these prisoners increases with the length of the sentence, starting at NOK 2300 per month.
According to Palestinian media prisoners who have been sentenced to more than 30 years receive up to 18,000 Norwegian kroner each month.
– too late
Anundsen questions what knowledge the ministry had when they responded to the Parliament on this matter earlier.
– If you conduct no investigation, there is a problem. We must assume that the data from the Ministry is correct. It is positive that the matter now will be investigated in collaboration with the British government, but it’s too late. UD should have done something about this a long time ago. Rather than see this as a real problem, they pushed the matter under a rug, says Anundsen.
Ropstad expects that the MFA now will will conduct a thorough investigation into payments to Palestinian prisoners convicted of terror.
– The Palestinian National Authority, shows a double standard when they officially reject terror, but in practice rewards terrorism, he said.
You can read FM Eide’s letter to the Scrutiny and Constitutional Affairs committee, for now only available in Norwegian but google translate gives a fair understanding of it.
Happy days are apparently back…