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 On behalf of the Parents Circle Families Forum, Forum of bereaved Israeli and Palestinian Families supporting peace and reconciliation, we would like to express our deep feelings of sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims and to the Norwegian people in these days of mourning and pain. We were appalled and horrified by the violence to which hatred and xenophobia can carry a human being, even in peaceful, exemplary democratic countries like Norway. We all wish with profound empathy a swift recovery of the injured, comfort to the bereaved families and our hope that Norway will not be diverted from its way of living and its belief in humanism and democracy.




Date:  26/07/2011
Name:  Bjørn Inge Dalen
E-mail:  bidalen@hotmail.com
Norwegians stands together....
The last days here in Norway have been quite surreal. Since second world war we have lived in peace, without beeing afraid of bombings or shootings. Suddenly, the heart of Oslo was struck by a large bomb killing 8 people. The assassin continued driving to a summer camp for youth socialists killing 68 innocent people. Many of these feeling a strong solidarity towards the Middlle East conflict. Our Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre visited the summer camp the day before talking about the new Middle East initiative, and Gro Harlem Brundtland left the island only 1 hour before the shootings. Now, we can all read about the horrific stories from the summer camp. A 32 year old male has admitted carrying out the attacks, but said they were necessary to prevent the "colonization" of the country by Muslims... There are now peaceful gatherings around the country, yesterday about 200.000 people gathered in Oslo center. Most of the political apeals and Facebook-threads encourage to stand up with even more love and democracy instead of calling for revenge. I think now many Norwegians will have even more understanding for the challenges you daily experience in your region. Hopefully, the happening will build a stronger Norwegian society and a stronger understanding for the challenging situation it is to live in a conflict region. Best regards, Bjørn Inge Dalen, Friend of the Family Forum in Norway

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