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Europe funds terror and hate promotion
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Europe funds terror and hate promotion
Even though western powers have requested that their funding be used for non-terrorism related purposes, any financial assistance given to the Palestinian Authority frees up other funds to be used for supporting terror and paying terrorist salaries, as Palestinian Media Watch has documented. Therefore, any financial assistance given to the PA that is not conditioned on the cessation of incitement indirectly funds terror and hate promotion.
Denmark and France finance UNRWA documentary of the Nakba ("the catastrophe," referring to the establishment of Israel) 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, June 10, 2014
Official PA TV newsreader: “UNRWA has launched a new project to document the history of the Nakba (i.e., ‘the catastrophe,’ Palestinian term for the establishment of the State of Israel) of our people using photos and video clips, financed by two countries: Denmark and France.”
Official PA TV reporter: “With this initiative, the first of its kind, UNRWA has launched a project to document the history of the Palestinian Nakba and its most important [historical] stations, using photographs and video clips, under the title, ‘The Long Journey.’”
Robert Turner, director of UNRWA operations in Gaza [translation of Arabic translation of Turner’s statements, originally made in English]: “UNRWA has witnessed the suffering of the Palestinian refugees, and this project documents the refugees’ experiences since the Nakba. This is an enduring and valuable project, which shows images that perhaps not many people know. Furthermore, the [National] Consensus Government must necessarily invest effort in easing the suffering of those refugees by improving their [living] conditions.”
Official PA TV reporter: “A project for which Denmark and France have taken upon themselves the responsibility of providing material support; [a project] which will begin in the Gaza Strip, pass through Jerusalem and conclude in Lebanon and Jordan.”
Anders Tang Friborg, Denmark's Representative to UNRWA [translation of Arabic translation of Friborg’s statements, originally made in English]: “Denmark has been supporting UNRWA and its initiatives for many years, and we have a long history of supporting the Palestinians. At the moment, we are working as part of this project in Jerusalem, Lebanon and Jordan."

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British aid to PA from 2011-2015 exceeds 550 million dollars‎ 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 5, 2014
     ‎“[PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah… ‎praised the extraordinary relations that ‎unite Palestine and Britain, as British aid ‎for the years 2011-2015 is expected to ‎exceed 550 million dollars, all of which ‎will be divided up into budgetary aid, ‎humanitarian aid, and support for ‎development projects.”‎
Germany signs €8.8 million agreement with Palestinians 
Source: WAFA news agency, May 7, 2014
From Wafa News Agency's English website:
"RAMALLAH, May 7, 2014 – Jerusalem Water Undertaking and the German Government signed Wednesday a €8.8 agreement to support the water loss reduction Program.
The agreement was signed by Minister of Planning Mohammad Abu Ramadan, Head of Water Authority Shaddad Attili, Chairman of the Board of Directors for Jerusalem Water Undertaking Fawzi al-‘Abed, all representing the Palestinian side, and KFW Development Bank Office in the Palestinian Territories Thomas Eisenbach.
Under the agreement, the German government will offer financial support in order to reduce water losses in the West Bank, including C Area, and East Jerusalem.
Abu Ramadan underscored the importance of this agreement noting that the German government and the Jerusalem Water Undertaking would contribute €8 million and €800 thousands in financial aid for the project.
He added that the agreement would contribute to enhancing the quality of services offered to Palestinian citizens through reducing water losses and support the sustainable management of water sources through developing infrastructure that would improve living conditions and water resources in Palestine.
Underscoring the vital contribution of this agreement to leveraging water sector in Palestine, ‘Attili was hopeful that more projects would be implemented in the field of water.
Eisenbach stated that this agreement was signed in the framework of promoting German Palestinian cooperation, highlighting the Palestinian government’s transparency and integrity in managing development projects.
In 2013 the German government had offered €55 million 40% of which had been earmarked for supporting water and sanitation sector."
EU countries contribute €16.4 million to the PA's payment of salaries 
Source: WAFA news agency, May 6, 2014
The following article appeared on WAFA's English website:
    "Today the European Union has contributed approximately €16.4 million to the payment of the April salaries and pensions of approximately 70,000 Palestinian civil servants and pensioners of the Palestinian Authority (PA) in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. The contribution, made through the PEGASE mechanism, is funded by the European Union (€7.05 million) and the governments of Denmark (DKK 40 million or c.€5.36 million), Ireland(€1.0 million), Italy (€1.0 million), Luxembourg (€1.0 million) and The Netherlands (c.€0.98 million earmarked specifically for salaries in the Justice sector).
'The EU has consistently sought both to help ensure the well-being of the Palestinian population and – in the context of a commitment to a two-state solution – engage in Palestinian institution-building,' said the EU Representative in Palestine John Gatt-Rutter. 'Over many years the EU has proven to be Palestinian people's most reliable partner. The predictability of our financial support has always been guaranteed despite the very unpredictable political climate', he added...
Most of the European Union's assistance to the Palestinian Authority is channeled through PEGASE, the financial mechanism launched in 2008 to support the PA Reform and Development Plan (2008-2010) and the subsequent PA Palestinian National Plan (2011-2013). As well as helping to meet a substantial proportion of its running costs, European funds support major reform and development programmes in key ministries, to help prepare the PA for statehood.
Since February 2008, around €1.59 billion have been disbursed through the PEGASE Direct Financial Support programmes. In addition, the EU has provided assistance to the Palestinian people through UNRWA and a wide range of cooperation projects."
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PA-funded Prisoners' Club: Israelis taught international donors everything about PA salaries for prisoners 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Feb. 17, 2014
Chairman of the Prisoners' Club, Qadura Fares:
     "Our second message is directed to the EU, international organizations and to the UN. They know by heart what the Israelis taught them. This is a disgrace. The Israelis (i.e., PMW reports) taught them and explained to them that the PA pays such and such canteen [amount] and pays such and such a salary to a prisoner [imprisoned] four years... When we meet with European, American or UN officials they question us. They know the stuff by heart because the Israelis taught them and explained to them that the PA supports -- according to Liberman's and Netanyahu's claims -- so-called "terrorists"... Minister [of Prisoners' Affairs] Issa Karake remembers that the British Minister of [International Relations and] Cooperation asked us about the Dadash company -- the Dadash company that operates the canteens. Meaning, they know all these facts by heart."
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EU donates €11 million for PA salaries and pensions 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 6, 2013
Headline: “The European Union grants 11 million euros to pay [PA] salaries and pensions”
     “Yesterday [Dec. 5, 2013] the European Union donated approximately 11 million euros to pay the November salaries and pensions of approximately 71,000 Palestinian government employees and pensioners in the [West] Bank and the Gaza Strip.
The Office of the European Union Representative noted in a press release that this contribution will be transferred through the European Commission’s PEGASE mechanism, by the European Union (10 million euros) and the Government of the Netherlands (1 million euros, earmarked for the PA Justice sector salaries).”
From WAFA, official PA news agency
World Bank and Britain transfer $83.8 million to the PA; the EU intends to transfer $200 million more 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 4, 2013
Headline: “83.8 million dollars from the World Bank and Britain to the [Palestinian] Authority”
     “The World Bank transferred a sum of 72.7 million US dollars to the PA yesterday [Sept. 3, 2013] from the multi-donor Palestinian Reform and Development Plan Trust Fund. This Trust Fund is a multi-donor, action [-oriented] apparatus for aiding the Palestinian budget, which is administrated by the [World] Bank. At the same time, the British government announced its pledge of 7.5 million pounds sterling (11.6 million US dollars) in direct aid to the State of Palestine.
The World Bank money, which is being donated by Kuwait, Australia and the United Kingdom, will aid in dealing with the urgent needs of the Palestinian budget, which will [in turn] provide aid to the education and health services and other essential social services…
In a press release [published] yesterday, the British Consul-General in Jerusalem explained that the British payment is part of a larger British commitment to pay 122 million pounds sterling (189.7 million US dollars) over 4 years. In addition, it noted that the United Kingdom was the chief European contributor of direct financial aid to the PA…
In its statement, the Consul-General noted that this financial aid comes in addition to the British aid provided by the European Union, 15% of whose budget is financed by the UK. In addition, the EU intends to transfer 200 million US dollars [to the PA] this year.”
Foreign minister of Norway: World won't finance Palestinian state forever 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 30, 2013
     “The Norwegian Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide, said the world wouldn’t continue financing the building of a Palestinian state forever, and that unless progress was made [in the peace talks], the aid would stop. In an interview with the Israeli newspaper, The Jerusalem Post, he added that ‘in the absence of a political horizon, the donors will not agree to continue financing the process of building the Palestinian state for much longer.’”
EU-funded NGO “resists normalization with Israel” 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 25, 2013
Headline: “During an open dialogue organized by the Sharek Youth Forum in Ramallah – young people call for punishment for those who organize normalization meetings and for those who attend them”
     “Young Palestinians demanded that employment sanctions and legal punitive measures be taken against institutions and individuals who organize or attend normalization meetings with the occupation state and its institutions… This happened during an open dialogue for young people that the Sharek Youth Forum organized yesterday on the topic of ‘Resisting Normalization with the Occupation’… The young people called for more anti-normalization awareness campaigns in schools, in universities, and in all the media, and to place special emphasis on boycotting Rami Levi supermarkets in the Palestinian territories. The young people were in agreement with the national BDS committee concerning the meaning of “normalization”, that is [defined as] ‘participating in any project, initiative, or activity – be it local or international – whose goal is to bring together (whether directly or indirectly) Palestinians and Arabs with Israeli individuals or institutions, and whose declared aim is anything other than resistance or exposing the occupation and any means of discrimination against, or persecution of, our people.’”
 
Note: The independent NGO Sharek Youth Forum that organized the event and chose to name it ‘Resisting Normalization with the Occupation’ was originally launched together with UNDP. Some of its funders in 2013 are: United Nations Development Program (UNDP), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), European Commission (EC), International Youth Foundation, Save The Children, NGO Development Center (NDC), UN-Habitat and Belgium.
EU donates 19 million Euros towards PA salaries for May 2013 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 6, 2013
Headline: “The European Union contributes €19.2 million for [the PA’s] salaries and pensions for the month of May”
     “Yesterday [June 5, 2013], the European Union contributed approximately €19.2 million to pay [PA] salaries and pensions for the month of May to almost 75,000 Palestinian civil servants and pensioners in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
According to an announcement published by the EU, this contribution is channeled through the European Commission’s PEGASE mechanism which is funded by the European Commission (approximately €12.5 million) the Government of Denmark (€4.7 million) and the Government of Finland (€2 million.)”
PMW reports prompt question in Danish parliament about its funding of the PA 
Source: Danish Parliament, Apr. 24, 2013
Danish Parliament, question by MP Søren Espersen to Foreign Minister Villy Søvndal:
MP Søren Espersen: "The idea was really to get some control over the money we (Denmark) send [to the PA]... This is happening on a large scale in Norway at the moment. [They] are preparing a hearing on what the money from Norway [to the PA] is actually spent on. Is it, for example, as rumors have said on Norwegian TV, spent on [salary] payments for convicted terrorists [imprisoned] for life and their relatives, who are living good lives because one of their relatives has carried out a terrorist attack? Norway has started [investigating this], the UK has started and [they] are asking: What's going on? What I want the [Foreign] Minister to do, is to say: 'It matters to us very much that every coin we send for one purpose or another should be thoroughly checked...' This is what I ask of the Minister, especially in cases that have to do with rewarding jihadists and terrorists who detonate bombs among civilians. What will the Foreign Minister do to ensure us that our money is spent on its intended purpose, and not on terrorists?"
Foreign Minister Villy Søvndal: "We continuously monitor the money we send [to the PA] to make sure it ends up precisely at the humanitarian causes, we support: Among other things, the purpose of ensuring the payment of salaries to employees, ensuring that senior citizens receive their pensions, and ensuring that there is a security structure in Palestine or the West Bank, which, in the long run and also in the here and now, [will] mean security for Israel..."
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Possible hearing in Norway regarding Foreign Ministry misinforming Parliament about PA salaries for terrorist prisoners 
Source: NRK TV (Norway), Apr. 10, 2013
Reporter Tormod Strand: “...4,600 Palestinian prisoners are [imprisoned] in Israeli prisons, convicted of security offenses. 500 of them are [serving] lifetime [sentences] for terror-related acts.”
Reporter Tormod Strand: “[NRK] Evening News has reported that these prisoners, who are being praised on PA TV, receive great financial benefits from the PA for the battle they have fought for Palestine. February 15, [2013]: The Foreign Ministry at first denied that such a [support] program [for prisoners] existed. March 21, [2013]: After checking with Palestine, the Foreign Ministry confirmed that it may be true that such a program exists. Now the Foreign Ministry calls for more detailed answers from Palestine. Yesterday, the Foreign Ministry sent another letter to Parliament to clarify. [But] the Høyre Party (Right) does not trust the answers they get from the Foreign Ministry.”
Reporter Tormod Strand: “Is it credible that the Foreign Ministry has not known about this?”
MP Peter Gitmark, (the Høyre Party): “No, it isn’t...” [...]
MP Anders Anundsen (Progress Party): “I think we are one step closer to a hearing, simply because we are not getting an answer [that is] specific enough to the questions we are asking. And it is difficult to understand that the Foreign Ministry has not been familiar with this program before.”
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Israeli TV interviews PMW about its impact in Norway 
Source: Israeli TV, Apr. 5, 2013
TV hosts: “We’ll continue discussing foreign affairs with Itamar Marcus who I'm already awarding a small Israel Prize, or maybe a big one. Do you have one here? - I do, just a second. Norway has discovered that funds it gave to the PA are given to security prisoners. This information was brought to Norway's attention by PMW. Here is Itamar Marcus, director of PMW, good morning… You’ve been trying for years to bring this information to the world’s attention. How did you suddenly succeed?”
PMW director, Itamar Marcus: “Two years ago we published that funds are going to monthly salaries for Palestinian terrorist prisoners. If the prisoner is senior enough and has spent enough time in prison these salaries can reach 12,000 shekels per month.”
TV host: “Meaning, the Norwegians are paying the salaries of serial killers, people who committed horrifying crimes - at the taxpayer’s expense.”
PMW director, Itamar Marcus: “And not just the Norwegians, the EU, all European countries, the US as well. Anyone contributing to the PA’s general budget is also funding security prisoners, including terrorists who committed murder...”
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Norwegian Foreign Minister admits PA has special support program for prisoners 
Source: NRK TV (Norway), Mar. 21, 2013
Newsreader: "Norwegian Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide is now involving himself in the issue of the Palestinians who are convicted of terrorism and who also receive large sums of money from the PA. Every year, Norway gives a lot of money to the PA and according to Foreign Minister Eide, the [Norwegian] government was misinformed [by the PA] about this issue."
NRK TV reporter Tormod Strand: "Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide is now trying to clarify the issue... - the PA's financial support of Palestinian prisoners convicted of terror..."
Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide: "I certainly have not had documented that it (the money) doesn't go to people who have been convicted of terror, and information has been given that those who are [imprisoned] for many years receive more money than those [imprisoned for] less. That is precisely why we, along with the UK, have asked [the PA] for even more detailed information..."
NRK TV reporter Tormod Strand: "NRK [TV]'s reports (on PMW findings) made the Committee on Scrutiny and Constitutional Affairs look into the matter..."
MP Anders Anundsen, Head of Committee on Scrutiny and Constitutional Affairs: "...We still don't have complete clarification about when the Foreign Ministry became aware that this program (i.e., the PA's program of payments to prisoners including terrorists) was different than what they had previously informed Parliament..."
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Norway's Foreign Ministry admits it had false information about the PA's use of aid to fund terrorist prisoners 
Source: NRK TV (Norway), Mar. 12, 2013
NRK TV newsreader: "The [Norwegian] Foreign Ministry now admits that [Norwegian] Parliament received imprecise information [from the Foreign Ministry] regarding financial support to Palestinian prisoners. Today the Parliamentary Committee on Scrutiny and Constitutional Affairs demanded a better and more thorough answer from the Foreign Ministry."

NRK TV narrator: "...[Ibrahim Hamed] is one of the approximately 4,600 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, who, according to... Palestinian Media Watch, receive salaries from the PA while they are in prison. Hamed was behind a bomb that killed nine civilians in Jerusalem in 2002. Norway is one of the major financial contributors to Palestine... The Norwegian Foreign Ministry has repeatedly denied that salaries are given to terrorists, but following [NRK TV's] Evening News' reports the Parliamentary Committee on Scrutiny and Constitutional Affairs has brought up the matter with the Foreign Ministry... The Foreign Ministry admits that: 'It is unfortunate that the information that was first communicated to [Norwegian] Parliament, and which was based on information obtained from the PA at the time, in retrospect, is imprecise.'"

[Member of the Parliamentary Committee on Scrutiny and Constitutional Affairs] Per-Kristian Foss: "It is striking that it takes an NRK [TV]-investigation and questions from Parliament before they (the Foreign Ministry) discover that the money has been used in a different way than what [the PA] has been reporting. Apparently, the Foreign Ministry is on thin ice. Therefore [the ministry] is asking for time to investigate further..."
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Norwegian MP says government "indirectly" funds terrorism by funding PA salaries 
Source: NRK TV (Norway), Feb. 28, 2013
NRK TV newsreader: "Convicted Palestinian terrorists in Israeli prisons receive salaries from their government, an Israeli organization [PMW] claims. Norway provides substantial financial aid to the PA and the Foreign Ministry confirms that there is a financial aid program for prisoners, including terrorists..."
NRK TV newsreader: "[MP] Peter Gitmark (Conservative Party), how seriously do you view this?"
MP Peter Gitmark: "This is very serious and especially the fact that it almost seems to be an aid program to terror-convicted prisoners in Israel, not to mention that it increases according to the length of the sentence."
NRK TV newsreader: "But is it not fair that people receive support to provide for the family if its breadwinner is imprisoned?"
MP Peter Gitmark: "Yes, absolutely, and canteen money and also simple payments to the family is okay, but having large amounts like 18,000 [Norwegian] kroner a month [paid], whether it is for the family or the individual prisoner, because he has committed a terrorist act, is unacceptable."
NRK TV newsreader: "Do you think that Norwegian tax money is being used to fund terrorism?"
MP Peter Gitmark: "Yes, this is an indirect form of that. However, it is also important to emphasize that the Norwegian support to the Palestinian areas is vital in order to create an opportunity to reach a two-state solution, and that is what is needed for peace."
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Norway donates $43 million in aid for PA salaries 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 24, 2013
Headline: “Norway extends emergency aid to the PA”
     "The Norwegian government decided yesterday [Feb. 23, 2013] to rush and send emergency aid to the PA to pay salaries to the employees in the public sector. This is within the framework of aid granted to finance the important services that the Palestinian people needs in the education-, medical care- and security-sectors.
Norwegian Foreign Minister, Espen Barth Eide said that Palestine cannot continue to rely on those donors forever. He noted that the stability of the Palestinian economy will not be ensured in the absence of progress in the political negotiations, in a way that will make the end of the Israeli occupation possible and enable the Palestinians to again control their resources.
He said that the current financial distress requires all parties involved to grant more funds in 2013, and called on all donors to hurry and transfer aid to the Palestinian budget as soon as possible.
Barth Eide said that Norwegian aid to the Palestinian budget, which comes to US $43 million, will be transferred through the World Bank, to help build the public institutions of the State of Palestine.”
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Note: PMW has documented that thousands of terrorists imprisoned in Israel are among the recipients of PA salaries. Aid money given to the PA for salaries and for the PA general budget pays the salaries of these imprisoned terrorists. To view PMW's report on this, click here.
PA TV News: French city grants "honorary citizenship" to terrorist prisoner 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Feb. 20, 2013
PA TV host 1: "The French city of Bezons awarded honorary citizenship to the prisoner Majdi al-Rimawi from the village Bani Zeid Al-Gharbiyya. This title and award were given during an official ceremony held in France, to which the wife of the prisoner, Fathiya al-Rimawi, was invited..."
PA TV host 1: "Prisoner Majdi al-Rimawi, of course, has been jailed in the occupation's (i.e., Israeli) prisons for 11 years and is sentenced to life imprisonment plus 80 years."

Terrorist Al-Rimawi's wife: "This connection between the city of Bezons and the Municipality of Bani Zeid Al-Gharbiyya began in 2008... The matter of prisoners in our region caught the attention of [our] French brothers, and they decided to honor them by granting honorary citizenship to a prisoner from this area. Of course, all prisoners deserve all the good, all the honor and all the admiration, from the smallest of them to the greatest, from the most lenient sentence to the heaviest sentence..."

PA TV focused on the plaque from the city of Bezons, which included the following dedication (in French):
"The city of Bezons has promoted
Mr. Majdi Irhima Al-Rimawi
[to] Honorary Citizen
at the extraordinary city council on February 13, 2013"
 
Note: Majdi Al-Rimawi - sentenced to life imprisonment plus 80 years for participating in the planning and murder of Israeli Minister Rechavam Zeevi in 2001.
Norwegian MP: Norway is not doing enough to stop PA TV hate incitement 
Source: Norwegian Parliament, Feb. 13, 2013
Following Norwegian NRK TV's 11-minute report on PMW, a long debate took place in Norwegian Parliament in which the three opposition parties - the Conservative Party, the Progress Party and the Christian Democratic Party - challenged the Norwegian Foreign Minister about Norway's funding of the PA. MP Hans Olav Syversen of the Christian Democratic Party asked the Foreign Minister what the government intends to do this time, noting that this is not the first time Norway has objected to Antisemitism broadcast by PA TV:
     "...we are talking about state-funded and state-controlled TV broadcasts from the Palestinian territories. It is, with due respect, not the first time this problem (i.e., Antisemitic messages on PA TV) has been discussed. I have here a long list of questions that the Christian Democratic Party among others has asked about the same [issue], since 2000. My question is: what are you doing now with the PA so that this may come to an end, contrary to what has been done in the past, when you (i.e., the Norwegian Foreign Ministry) also said that you would bring it up with the Palestinian side?"
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Norwegian MPs call to stop funding the PA if hate promotion continues 
Source: NRK TV (Norway), Feb. 11, 2013
Report on Norwegian NRK TV:
NRK narrator:
"The Progress Party and the Christian Democratic Party want Norway to cut the aid to the PA unless the demonization and hatred of Jews is stopped. Yesterday, NRK [TV] reported that the PA finances and partially controls a TV channel that broadcasts hatred of Jews." [...] 
NRK narration: "NRK's report on the Sunday Evening News, where we reported on the demonization and hatred of Jews in PA TV, is now causing strong reactions in [Norwegian] Parliament." [...]
NRK narrator: "Norway has since 2008 provided over 300 million kroner a year in budget support to the PA. They are the ones who finance and partially control PA TV. The Progress Party believes that this support should now be reevaluated."
Morten Høglund, Foreign policy spokesman (Progress Party): "We must use the power we have, and as a major donor to the PA, we must fight fire with fire and say that we will stop the aid unless the PA takes immediate action to stop this type of hate message."
NRK reporter: "Should Norway cut budget support to the PA if it continues?"
Hans Olav Syversen, Member of Parliament (Christian Democratic Party): "Yes, I believe we should, because you have to send a clear political signal that we as a donor country also want to reinforce the peace process. I think anyone who sees this realizes that this contributes to the opposite."
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