Norway attacks draw condemnation from pro-Palestinian organizations

[ 23/07/2011 – 05:11 PM ]


BRUSSELS, (PIC)– The twin attacks in Oslo that left some 90 dead have drawn strong condemnation by pro-Palestinian organizations on Saturday.

The Labor party youth retreat was a supporter of Palestinian rights and an end to the Israeli siege on the Gaza Strip.

In a statement following Friday’s shocking attack, the European campaign to end the siege on Gaza said that ”regardless of the identities of those involved in the attack, the bloodshed and intimidation of innocent people is an act condemnable on the utmost terms”.

The attacks ”could never be justified” and were a ”violation of humanitarian principles and moral obligations”, the statement says.

The Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, whose headquarters was bombed in downtown Oslo, was hosted on Thursday in the island where the almost simultaneous shooting took place. One of the topics discussed there were issues concerning the Palestinians and ending the siege on the Gaza Strip, the ECESG said, adding that Palestinian flags and anti-siege banners fluttered at the camp.

Norwegian police have arrested and charged a suspect in the attacks. They said he was of Norwegian descent and that the crime was motivated by conservative racial ideologies.

Norway’s pro-Palestinian foreign policy had received strong disapproval from Israel and its supporters in the country.

Also among those who condemned the attacks is the Palestinian Non-Governmental Organizations Network, which has 132 member organizations working in different developmental fields.

In a statement, the PNGO network sent condolences to the families of those killed in the attacks and wished speedy recovery for those who were injured.

The PNGO also wished for more ”stability, safety, and prosperity” for Norway and its people.


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