Norway Pulls Funding to Palestinians

Over Glorification of Terror

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In a stunning move, usually anti-Israel Norway has pulled funding to the Palestinians over their glorification of terrorism, the Jerusalem Post reported.

The issue came to a head due to the Palestinians' naming of a women's center after mass murdering terrorist Dalal Mughrabi, who participated in the 1978 Coastal Road massacre that killed 37 Israelis, including over a dozen children.

Borge Brende, Norway's foreign minister, said,

The glorification of terrorist attacks is completely unacceptable, and I deplore this decision in the strongest possible terms. Norway will not allow itself to be associated with institutions that take the names of terrorists in this way. We will not accept the use of Norwegian aid funding for such purposes.

The Norwegian government demanded that the funds given to the Palestinians be immediately refunded.

Emmanuel Nahshon, an Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman, said of the move,

A strong position against the glorification of terrorists is an integral part of international efforts to stamp out terrorism. We recommend that the international community investigate very well where the money it invests in the Palestinian Authority is going, and expect that all the partners in this project act as Norway did.

In recent months, Israel has stepped up its criticism of the Palestinian Authority for its glorification of terrorism and demanded action from the international community on the issue.

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