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  • The Norwegian government, via the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD), and the Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law Secretariat, provides tens of millions of kroner (NOK) through direct and indirect funding processes to politicized NGOs operating in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza.
  • Organizations receiving Norwegian funding lead campaigns and political activities that are inconsistent with Norway’s policies to promote peace and a two-state framework in the Arab-Israeli conflict. Some groups have also used antisemitic rhetoric and have apparent links to terror organizations.

Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law Secretariat

Direct Funding to Israeli/Palestinian Political NGOs

  • According to information available on the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs/NORAD website (as of August 31, 2016), the Norwegian government has committed funds of over NOK 200 million (over $24 million) to politicized organizations active in the region for 2016. These funds are distributed via NORAD, the Embassy in Tel Aviv/Israel, the Representative Office in Al Ram/Palestine, the Secretariat and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 2014, Palestinian entities received NOK 741 million from Norway.
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Screenshot of MFA website, August 31, 2016

Europe_Exploiting justiceNorwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

  • Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) received NOK 30.6 million for 2016 and NOK 25.4 million for 2015 for activities in the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem. The NRC also receives funding from Sweden, the UK, and the EU.
    • NRC received a NOK 15.4 million grant in 2015 to be implemented by the Temporary International Presence in Hebron (TIPH).
    • Between 2011 and 2014, NRC received over NOK 89.8 million from Norway for activities in the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem.
    • NRC supports politicized “Litigation of public interest cases …through Israeli courts and international mechanisms” in 2016. Previously, NRC funded over 4,000 cases and legal interventions in Israeli forums.
    • A lawyer affiliated with the NRC program stated that the objective of these cases is an attempt to “try every possible legal measure to disrupt the Israeli judicial system… as many cases as possible are registered and that as many cases as possible are appealed to increase the workload of the courts and the Supreme Court to such an extent that there will be a blockage.” (emphasis added)

Norwegian People’s Aid

Norwegian Church Aid (NCA)

Indirect Funding to Israeli/Palestinian Political NGOs

In addition to direct funding, Norway also provides in funding to

  • Who Profits (49,838 NIS – 2015; 42,837 NIS – 2014 from Fagforbundet [Labor Union])
    • Initiates international BDS campaigns, targeting Israeli and foreign banks, security companies, civil infrastructure facilities, and private companies. Also identifies companies for other BDS activists to target.

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