This is just a small snippet of what goes on in media Norway. It is interesting to see that as elections draws closer, opposition parties are much clearer that they want better control over money donated to the PA and/or other Palestinian institutions…
ATTACKED AFTER BRONZE PARTY
Østlendingen 2013 06 17
Two members of the Norwegian team at the UEFA games in Israel were attacked at a party, celebrating the team’s partial success in the games. Israeli police is making an investigation of this assault, which took place at the “Clara” disco in Tel Aviv.
MIFF LEADERS RAISE DOUBTS OVER MFA CLAIMS
Miff.no 2013 06 18
In a letter sent to the members of the Storting’s Committee on Control and Scrutiny, pro-Israel NGO raise questions on Norwegian MFA’s claims over ignorance over fiscal support to terrorist prisoners in Israel; stating they received credible information on this issue in 2011- through the Norwegian MFAs local representative to the PA; Tor Wennesland.
JOINS ON CHECK OF MONEY TO SUPPORT PALESTINIANS
Vårt Land 2013 06 18
Bjørgulv K. Bjåen
The Conservatives, Progressives. Liberals and the Christian People’s Party demands the government investigates whether payments to prisoners is being paid with Norwegian money.
“The opposition by now expects the government to make their own enquiries concerning funds going to terrorism convicted Palestinian prisoners”, says Hans Olav Syversen, the leader of the CPP in the Norwegian parliament.
While debating the revised National Budget in the committee on foreign affairs; the four right wing parties have joined, after an initiative by the CPP. Again, these four parties have joined in a common policy.
In an annotation to the Committee, this is to be found:
“The committee’s CPP member refers to the discovery of fiscal support by the PA to inmates in Israeli prisons. This member refers to the FM having written a letter to the Storting’s Committee on Scrutiny and Control; confirming the size of fiscal support increasing with longer prison terms. To those prisoners serving the longest terms; support was tripled in 2010 to about 19 200 NOK a month; several times the amount of wages earned by ordinary workers. According to the PA, some 70 prisoner families receive such “top grants”. A separate arrangement of fiscal support exists to those convicted by Israeli military courts. Several of those are convicted over serious terrorist attacks”.
The CPP finds it to be not acceptable “if Norwegian funding is directly or indirectly fiscally funding terrorists”. For this reason the Party holds the opinion the government should not be at ease over the replies so far given by the PA.
By now, the CPP, Conservatives, Progressives and Liberals expect the Stoltenberg government to “actively seeking to find out how this system of funding is actually working”.
ISRAEL AND PALESTINE RESUME COOPERATION
Vårt Land 2013 06 17
Parties in agreement over “confidence making initiatives”.
The Ministers of Finance of Israel and Palestine have decided to resume economic cooperation; halted by Israel last year.
The parties confirm this after meeting in Jerusalem this weekend. According to the Israeli Ministry of Finance, discussions were conducted concerning “confidence making initiatives”.
According to a spokesman of the Palestinian Ministry of Finances, Israel has agreed to transfer monthly taxes being collected for the PA; retained between December and March, being the result of the Palestinians having received observer status at the UN.
The goal of both parties is now to implement regular meetings on technical questions regarding border crossings, fuel, electricity and water supplies; in addition to reimbursements and treatments of Palestinian patients in Israeli hospitals.
According to Israeli Minister of Finance, Yair Lapid, this cooperation will benefit both parties.
“There are problems surrounding the everyday life of Palestinians that have to be coordinated and followed up by Israeli authorities”, Palestinian Chief Negotiator Saeb Erekat told Palestinian radio
English language news source “The Foreigner”, published in Norway, has a series of articles on religion. This is their take on the situation of Judaism in Norway:
NORWAYS RELIGIONS: JUDAISM
The Foreigner 2013 06 16
M. Michael Brady
Judaism has been the most repressed religion in Norway. The Constitution of 1814 barred Jews from the country. 1845’s ‘Nonconformist Law’ granted religious freedom to Christian faiths but not non-Christian ones. For Jews, the constitutional ban remained in force six more years until it was rescinded in 1851.
The first Jew, Abraham Vollman from Germany’s Lübeck, settled in Christiania (Oslo) in 1852 and opened a shop. In 1891, the country’s first nonconformist congregation, the Mosaiske Trossamfund (‘The Mosaic Community’) was founded in Oslo. The Jewish population then grew slowly to about 1,800 in 1940, the time
of the German invasion. In 1942, occupying Germans required that Jews be sent to concentration camps. The collaborationist government complied. (The King and Parliament had fled to England and comprised the true government in exile during the war). It willingly participated in the Holocaust by deporting some 770 Jews, of whom 758 were killed in death camps.
One of those killed was Ruth Maier, who in 1939 had fled from her native Vienna, only to be arrested in November 1942 and deported to Auschwitz. She left diaries and letters, which in 2007 were transcribed by poet Jan Erik Vold and published in book form: ‘Ruth Maiers Dagbok’, which subsequently was translated into English under the title ‘Ruth Maier’s Diary’.
The attitudes of the general public could hardly have differed more. The Norwegian home front successfully smuggled 900 Jews across the Swedish border to safety during WWII. In Trondheim, the Methodist congregation gave Jews a place to secretly worship after their synagogue was occupied, and hid the Jewish congregation’s books and papers throughout the occupation.
In 1947, the Norwegian Government agreed to accept 600 Jewish refugees, most of whom emigrated in 1948 to Israel or other countries. A large group of Jews fled the Soviet invasion of Hungary in 1956 by immigrating to Norway. Likewise, many Jews fled the anti-Semitic unrest in Poland by immigrating to Norway in 1967.
Most of Norway’s 1,500 some Jews live in the greater Oslo area today. There also is a small community of about 120 in Trondheim, which boasts the only synagogue known to have once served as a railway station. It also is the world’s northernmost synagogue.
Norwegian Jewish culture and history are well-documented in two museums. The Jewish Museum in Trondheim is located in the same building as the synagogue – it was Norway’s first immigrant museum when opened in 1997. The Jewish Museum in Oslo is located in a former synagogue in the central downtown area.
Both museums offer publications in Norwegian and in English.
Membership: about 1,500.
Two congregations and two synagogues, Oslo and Trondheim.
Further information: Det Mosaiske Trossamfund (‘The Mosaic Community’), Bergstien 13, 0172 Oslo,