Palestinian issues in Norwegian media


Dagen 2013 11 20

John Solsvik, Not Online


Terrorists released from Israeli jails receive USD 50 000 bonuses from the PA in the West Bank; also receive top jobs within the PA; including deputy ministries and major general positions within Palestinian security services.


Nordlys 2013 11 15, No stated author

Links to video.

The City Council of Tromsø stops funding of “youth project” on Gaza; on the grounds they do not want to collaborate with non-democratically elected politicians of Hamas. Local radicals are angry over this, claims “youth in Gaza” are victimized over this.



Nordlys 2013 11 20, Lasse Jangås


The newspaper’s culture editor is having a fit over the City Council’s decision to stop funding of pro-Hamas youth project; claiming the city councilors are “ignorant”, and really, Gaza is the friendship city of Tromsø, and all that. This editor also claims this is contrary to “Norwegian foreign policy”: and also reminds us of Hamas being democratically elected.


Altaposten 2013 11 19 p 5

Kita Eilertsen

To the Al-nimr sisters, the start to life in Tel Aviv has not been simple.

“No schools will accept us; over not speaking Hebrew”, says Maryam Al-nimr. With her family of seven; she was sent out of Alta and Norway two weeks ago, to Tel Aviv, where the Police Services Foreign Citizen unit holds they are from. The family has lived in Norway for nearly six years. The youngest girl, aged three is born in Norway; Bilal of five was only a month and a half old upon arrival in Norway. They are aware of no other country than Norway. By now, the family resides in Tel Aviv, in the small apartment f their mother’s mother.

“No schools want us, because we do not speak Hebrew”. What a rule”, says Maryam.

The thirteen years old is in despair. It is worst to her and her elder sister Lamar (15).                                    The smaller children are at the kindergarten age; while their brother Rami, at 11, can begin at school. The sisters of 13 and 15 are not allowed to enter. Maryam wants to speak to Altaposten, and we have received a phone number. However, we don’t get through. The phone lines to Tel Aviv-Jaffa are terrible.

Despairing friends.

At home in Alta, some of the friends have spoken to the family a little bit.

“I think they live with their mother in law. They are attempting to a reach a school that will accept the girls, however, they have so far not  found any”, says Adham Banishamsa, an IT consultant with the municipality of Alta; and also committed to work at the Sisa cultural center, where he was acquainted to the family. Banishamsa is also a Palestinian; confirming the family’s hardships.

“They are in a very difficult situation”, he says.

One of the friends in Alta is concerned over the future schooling of the girls.

“I am thinking over what is to the best of the children. What will happen to Lamar, supposed to enter high school by next year? She has had six years of schooling in Norway, all of it wasted by now. Her future is destroyed”; Jasmine Brix said on the day of the family being sent out of Norway.

“The girls are not allowed to attend ordinary Israeli schools. International schools exist in the city; a few. It is not however certain that they accept Arabs. Also, they might be costly. From a professional view, the girls could have attended an international school. Whether the family could have acquired the funding needed for this is rather uncertain”.

Israeli authorities have stated they will not give the girls attendance to schools. Eihab (the father) by now will attempt to contact the Norwegian embassy. They have no formal demand for help from them, either.

Acquiring housing is also difficult.

Naturally, this Palestinian family will be in an even more difficult situation than Palestinian children who have lived there all their lives. They do not know the language; nor do they know the local culture.

Wanted to become a lawyer.

The two sisters are now facing a very uncertain future. While they lived in Alta, they laid plans for the future. Maryam had intent to become a lawyer since very small.

“I had planned my future. I intended to study, hoping to become a lawyer. I like to help people. But I don’t think it will be so easy in Palestine. Or wherever we will be living”, she says.

Her bigger sister wanted to attend construction school by next fall.

“I feel both like being from Alta and being a Palestinian. I know everybody in Alta, having my friends there at school, I will miss them all”; Lamar said upon being sent out of Norway.

Arabs not welcome.

Before being sent out; the family said there was a great risk over being split. Since the father is a Palestinian from Gaza, he is not allowed to reside and work in Tel Aviv-Jaffa.

“In Jaffa they do not want Arabs; they don’t want Muslims there. Arabs are being chased out of their houses. We are bullied over being Arabs. I am in fear”, Maryam said on her day of departure.


Tel-Aviv –Jaffa.

  • The Palestinian Al-nimr family claims to be Palestinians from Gaza and stateless Palestinians.
  • The Police Foreign Citizens Unit claims they are from Tel Aviv.
  • The family’s lawyer, Morten Bjønnæs, has stated the family is from Gaza, once having had a permit to reside in Tel Aviv, but this is not valid anymore.
  • The Israeli city of Tel Aviv-Jaffa has both Jewish and Muslim settlement. According to the UN’s plans for dividing Palestine in 1947, Tel Aviv was scheduled to be part of the Jewish state.
  • In 1945 Jaffa had a population of 101 580 people; of which more than the half were Muslims and 30 000 were Jews, the rest were Christians. Jaffa was to become part of the Arab state.
  • Jewish forces held Jafa(sic) under siege in 1948; the Arabs started to leave the city.
  • The Palestinian people is an Arab speaking people with its roots in Palestine. The Palestinian population of the world is estimated to be 10-11 million, half of which are stateless
  • About half of all Palestinians are still living in Israel, the West Bank, the Gaza strip and East Jerusalem. The other half, many of which are refugees are living spread around the world.

Source: Wikipedia.




Retired Norwegian ambassador present a balanced account on the  legal status of the West Bank; beyond vulgar media phrases like “occupied territory”, pointing to legal history concerning the division of the British mandate, and states taking these point into the account may make a negotiated solution a more realistic option.