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Norway to cut aid to PA over anti-Semitic textbooks
Norwegian lawmakers vote in favor of cutting $3.4 million of Oslo's aid to Ramallah citing anti-Semitism and incitement to violence in its educational materials
Norwegian lawmakers have voted to cut the financial assistance to the Palestinian Authority over anti-Semitic outbursts and incitement to violence in its educational materials.
According to a report by the Algemeiner, the cuts, which come as part of the country's state budget, will amount to some $3.4 million.
This includes both cuts in the assistance to the Palestinian Authority and Palestinian territories as such.
Norway's right-leaning Progress Party, the third-largest in the Norwegian Parliament, spearheaded the push for the measure.
"Norwegian taxpayers will not pay the monthly salary to terrorists," lawmaker Himanshu Gulati, deputy chair of Friends of Israel in the Storting, said in a statement posted on the party's website.
"When Norway provides aid to Palestine, the money goes into the same economy that is also used to pay prisoners' salaries," he added, calling for further cuts to PA aid as long as it continues to support families of those held in Israeli prisons.
The PA has been frequently accused of spreading anti-Semitic and radical views among schoolkids through the materials it uses in its schools.
In late September, IMPACT-se reported that the Palestinian textbooks still maintained most of the controversial messages, including encouragement of jihad and martyrdom, despite PA pledges to the opposite.