NGO Watchdog says Norway funds groups that finance BDS activities

NGO Monitor reports Norway has been funding groups that contributed millions to Palestinian NGOs that support anti-Israel activity and maintain relationships with recognized illegal terrorist organization.

By i24news


Norway’s government has donating to an organization that gives millions to groups supporting the boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel, the Jerusalem Post reports, citing NGO Monitor.


Norway allocated more than $600,000 to the Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law Secretariat for the second half of 2016, according to the report.

The Secretariat has over the past four years contributed $5.78 million to NGOs that support BDS – over half of its operating budget. NGO Monitor found that 13 of the organization’s 24 core NGOs, which receive 80 percent of its funding, support BDS.

Several of these NGOs are dedicated specifically to political activity challenging Israel – and some reportedly have ties to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), designated as a terrorist group by the European Union.

The NGO Al Haq supports BDS, frequently files legal complaints against Israel to the ICC, and its general director has alleged ties to the PFLP. Its core funding in 2015 stood at $710,000, according to NGO Monitor.

Addameer, with core funding in 2015 of $230,000, supports BDS and has several alleged ties to terror groups, according to NGO Monitor. Its chairperson and co-founder, Abdul-latif Ghaith, was banned by Israel from international travel because of alleged membership in the PFLP.

BADIL is an NGO that strongly supports BDS and Palestinian claims of a “right of return” to Israel, a policy Israel firmly rejects. In 2010, the group rejected the Roadmap for Peace and the Arab Peace Initiative, saying they “do not meet the minimum rights of our people but only perpetuate the arrogance of the Zionists.”

BADIL also gave a cash award to the creator of a cartoon submitted to a contest, which depicts an ultra-Orthodox Jew with classic anti-Semitic features holding a pitchfork above a dead child.

Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland, and the Netherlands already contribute to the Secretariat.


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