Best-selling Norwegian author blasts her government's open checkbook for the 'Palestinians'Hanne Nabintu Herland is a Norwegian historian of comparative religions and a bestselling author. In this article that she wrote for Aftenposten and translated into English for Gates of Vienna, she reports on the results of Norway's policy of maintaining an open checkbook for the 'Palestinians.'
Let’s take a look at the statistics: Norway is one of the smallest countries in the world, and one of the largest contributors to the Palestinian Authority (PA) and others, with annual donations of over 700 Million NOK. Especially since the current left-wing Labor government took office in 2005, the donations have exploded. What are these sums spent on?
Recently the remuneration for suicide bombers was tripled. The Hamas terrorist who killed 30 Israelis in 2002 by now receives 20,000 NOK a month, according to The Times of Israel last September the 9th. Those who have carried out the worst attacks against innocent civilians receive the highest pay.
Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center figures from 2005 show that Palestinians have conducted 25,770 terrorist attacks, 147 suicide attacks leading to 1,100 dead Israelis and 7,500 wounded between 2000 and 2005. Fatah conducted 214 acts of terrorism in 2003-2004 alone, according to 2005 Terrorism Review.
Gross corruption charges have for a long time been directed at the PLO, which already by 1993 was the richest terrorist organization in the world, according to the British National Criminal Intelligence Service, having assets of ten billion dollars and an annual income of approximately two billion dollars. The Daily Telegraph reported in 1999 that the PLO had secretly invested over 50 billion dollars around the world. Still, Norway has continuously broken bread with these people.
The Norwegian taxpayers’ money has amongst other things financed a number of visits from the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, Fatah, not to forget the PLO, coming to Oslo. Not to mention the intense activities of Norway’s previous Foreign Minister, Jonas Gahr-Store, as he has travelled extensively between different Islamist groups in the Middle East, having secret meetings in 2007 with Hamas’ leader, Khaled Meshaal, which shocked the West. Having publicly denied these meetings, the Norwegian TV station, TV2 forced him to admit to lying about this in 2010, an incident which is referred to in Aftenposten.
The PA Minister Faisal Husseini said to Al-Safir in 2001 that “Our eyes will continue to aspire to the strategic goal, namely, to Palestine from the river [Jordan] to the sea. Whatever we get now cannot make us forget this supreme truth.” And Hamas’ message from the internet: “We are a nation that drinks blood, and we know that no blood is better than the Jews’.” In this perspective it is interesting to note that the pluralist liberal democracy of Israel is the only country in the Middle East where gays are protected legally, having annual gay pride parades and religious liberty, and where Christian minorities are growing and the nation enjoys a free press and an active public debate. But these we do not support in Norway.Read the whole thing.
It's refreshing to see someone prominent in Norway recognizing the pervidious role that Norway plays in supporting the 'Palestinian Authority.' Unfortunately, the motivation for that role is anti-Semitism, so it's not just a question of convincing rational people that they have to stop spending money like this.