Norway has furiously denounced the use of money it donated to the Palestinian Authority for promoting democracy which was used instead to fund a center that has been named after a terrorist.
Norway’s Foreign Minister Borge Brende stated that “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,” he said.
The reaction in Oslo was furious. Brende demanded that the PA return the money, immediately remove its logo from the building, and warned that “we will not enter into any new agreements with [these Palestinian recipients] until satisfactory procedures are in place to ensure that nothing of this nature happens again.”
The PA decided to honor Dalal Mughrabi, a leading participant in the 1978 Coastal Road massacre that killed 37 people, by putting her name on a center in Burka, northwest of Shechem.
The Norwegian funds came through the Palestinian Election Commission and U.N. Women to encourage women voting.
The Israeli Foreign Ministry welcomed the Norwegian response. “Norway has done the right thing. Standing strongly against the positive commemoration of terrorists is an essential part of the international effort to eradicate terrorism.
“Israel suggests that all members of the international community check where money invested in the PA ends up, and expects all other partners in this project to follow Norway’s example,” the Foreign Ministry said.
The incident comes just days after PA President Mahmoud Abbas pledged to U.S. President Donald Trump that he was committed to fighting terrorism.
Foreign Ministry representative Elon Bar spoke on Sunday with the U.N. “Humanitarian Coordinator” for the Palestinian Arabs, Robert Piper, demanding clarification of the matter and assurances that there will be no repetition of it.