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Published on 27 December 2017

#Europe - Norway limits funding to NGOs which boycott Israel

Norway follows in the footsteps of Denmark, cuts funding to Palestinian Arab NGOs promoting BDS.

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Published on December 25th in Arutz7 

Norway on Monday followed in the footsteps of Denmark and announced that it would limit its funding to Palestinian Arab non-governmental organizations (NGOs) promoting anti-Israel incitement.

A Norwegian statement on the issue quoted by i24news, stated that in accordance with the government’s 2018 policy it would not support organizations whose mission was to promote boycotts against Israeli policy.

It reiterated the government's belief in “dialogue and cooperation to create mutual trust as part of the solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict”, and added that “boycotts create distance.”

“This decision is another expression of the Norwegian government’s consistent opposition to boycotts against the State of Israel,” the statement said.

Norway’s decision came three days after the Danish Foreign Ministry announced it would cut its funding from a number of Palestinian Arab NGOs as well as tighten aid donation conditions. The decision came following an investigation that revealed some of the organizations activities were of an anti-Israel nature.

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