Whereas only about 100 people could be bothered to turn up at an anti-Israel pro-Gaza demo in Bergen, many many more were very annoyed to learn that Norwegian tax payers money has gone towards paying ghost workers in Gaza. Also, nobody in Norway, in particular not the Pal-com or the now decimated Socialist Left party cared to inform the public that Israel’s “genocide” of Palestinians consist of transferring fuel, emergency aid, even when they know that aid is siphoned away from the needy to fund terrorist tunnels under Israeli villages and towns), nor did they seem to be particularly interested to share with their co-religionists that Hamas, now the recipient of Egyptian fury, bragged that Egypt’s embargo and closing down of power supplies would have very little impact since fuel could be gotten from Israel…
But on the issue of monies wasted on ghost workers in Gaza, this is yet an ugly skeleton to fall out of the red-green cabinet of failures, considering that the previous government was found to have knowingly misled the parliament on the extent of Norwegian funding of Palestinian terrorists. Chickens have come home to roost?
Bergens Tidende 2013 12 14
Pål Engesæther/Magne Gaasemyhr
Pro-Pal group in Bergen arrange torch march in Bergen; attracts some 100 people. Behind this march were: The Socialist Party (SV), the Socialist Youth (SU), The Norwegian People’s Aid, the Reds (Marxist party), the PalCom and “Bergensforbundet”, a Christian youth NGO.
While the others are in the category “usual suspects”, the “Bergensforbundet” is a sub-group of the Norwegian Christian Student Association; themselves a sub-organization of the World Student Christian Federation.
NRK Verden 2013 12 17, Sidsel Wold
The “Donor Country Group for Palestine”; led by Norway, has donated billions of NOK in budget funding to the PA throughout the last years.
This funding is spent on wages for officials in the West Bank and Gaza.
After Hamas gained power in Gaza after a coup d’état in 2007; officials in Gaza were told not to show up for work.
“You shall still receive wages; however, you are not allowed to work for Hamas”; was the message sent by Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas to the 61 000 officials in the Gaza strip.
For this reason, some 60 000 officials have been at home; receiving full wages throughout six and a half year. In total; some 1.8 Million people are resident in the Gaza strip.
By now, the EU’s auditors; the European Court of Auditors (ECA), are reacting to large sums being paid people not working.
“Wages are paid to people not attending work for political reasons”; says Hans Gustav Wessberg of the ECA.
Westerberg (typo?) holds this arrangement should be canceled; as this money would be of better use spent in other places.
EU defends use of funding.
However, the EU defends the organization spending large sums on people not attending their workplaces.
“If the PA don’t pay these people; who else would”? This question is raised by the EU commissions spokesman Peter Stano.
The spokesman holds the opinion the reimbursement of these wages is a way of safeguarding these from not joining extremist groups.
“If you have people running about without receiving wages; chances are greater of these being trapped by extremist groups we have no contacts with”, says the EU Commission’s spokesman Peter Stano.
Brende issue warning over review.
FM Børge Brende is the leader of the Donor Country Group for Palestine. he is not content over the way this funding is spent.
“Concerning Norwegian aid funding; this is intended for efforts to improve the situation for the people of Palestine. Using Norwegian funding for people not showing up at work is not viable”: says Børge Brende to NRK.
Brende met with Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas in late November.
He states the MFA will raise this issue with the PA.
“We shall review this; raising this issue with the PA”, says the FM.
Nettavisen 2013 12 18, Thomas Paust
Basically, as the article above.
However, PM Erna Solberg has made comments on this issue.
“Erna: Sounds like wasteful practice..
-This sounds like wasteful practice; we should make sure, when using money, that hese are used sensibly, PM Erna Solberg (Conservative) says to Nettavisen.
She adds to this that the situation in Gaza is unique:
-This is a difficult situation, we must now find out how these issues are interconnected; and how we may ensure the money we contribute actually leads to improvement and good systems.
How quick may you solve this?
-FM Børge Brende (Conservatives) must reply to that. As for myself, I only just received this news, she says”.