Norwegian MPs want Palestinian aid frozen over incitement in school textbooks

Members of Norway’s ruling coalition demanded that contributions to the Palestinian Authority be suspended over incitement in school textbooks.

In a statement, coalition lawmakers said they are instructing the government to “reduce or withhold financial support to the Palestinian Authority if they do not provide satisfactory improvements in school materials.”

The instruction is not legally binding, but may be politically difficult for Norway’s centre-right government to ignore.

The coalition’s statement cites a recent review by the institute of textbooks being used in Palestinian Authority schools.

“Examples of content in the school books include references to violence, martyrdom and terror. The coalition considers this to be devastating to the peace process and the development of democracy in the region, as well as being an expression of irresponsible pedagogy, and finds it unacceptable that Norwegian funds support a school system that promotes such destructive values,” the statement said.

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