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Norwegian Peoples Aid (NPA)

Profile

Country/TerritoryNorway
Websitehttp://www.npaid.org/
In their own words“the labour movement’s humanitarian organization for solidarity,” which aims to promote “human worth and equal rights for all, irrespective of sex, disability, ethnicity, religion, age, sexual preference or social status.”

Funding

2012 budget of 859.9 million NOK (latest available, accessed September 4, 2014). (See chart below for detailed government funding information.)

Activities

  • Claims to be “politically independent but not a politically neutral organization” that takes “clear positions in important social debates.”
  • A leader and mobilizer of anti-Israel boycotts, divestments, and sanctions (BDS) campaigns.
  • Publishes numerous highly emotive blogs, presenting an entirely biased view of the conflict, omitting Hamas rocket attacks and Israel’s legitimate right to self-defense.
  • Promotes allegations of Israeli “apartheid,” “collective punishment,” “war crimes,” and “violations of international law and human rights.”
  • Played a central role in lobbying the Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) to divest from Israeli companies, promoting distorted factual and legal claims.
  • Worked with the Norwegian Union of Municipal and General Employees (Fagforbundet) to produce the May 2012 report, “Dangerous Liaisons,” which falsely alleged that Norwegian companies, through financial investments in Israel, are participating in international law and human rights abuses. The report was cited as a central resource for the GPFG campaign, as well as other Norwegian BDS efforts.
  • Funded a 2015 photo exhibit in Lebanon, which included maps that erase the state of Israel and replace it, in entirety, with “Palestine”.
  • During the 2014 Gaza War, Secretary General Liv Tørres, called on the “international community to immediately put pressure on Israel to stop the war crimes and killing of innocent civilians in the Gaza Strip.”
  • In an April 2014 lecture, Finn Erik Thoresen, head of the NPA board of trustees, repeated the thoroughly discredited conspiracy theory that “Palestinians are not allowed to use red roof tiles on their houses in the West Bank” in order to make it “easier for the Israeli bombers to identify Palestinian houses when they bomb them, while they avoid hitting the Jewish houses.”
  • Together with the Al-Tawasol Forum Society (TFS) and supported by NORAD, NPA organized a program to “Confirm the right of return for refugees regarding UN resolution 194 and to raise awareness of the international and Arab resolutions concerning Palestine.” In NPA’s view, “the refugee issue remaining unresolved is the biggest obstacle to peace.” The aim of the so-called Palestinian “right of return” is to bring about the elimination of Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people.
  • Initiated a 2013 campaign, together with Fagforbundet, to implore Staples Norway to stop selling SodaStream products due to the company’s “support for the illegal occupation of Palestine.”
  • In 2012, claimed its “advocacy-work and pressure” led the Norwegian Ministry of Finance to exclude the pro-Israel “Karmel-instituttet” from the list of Norwegian organizations eligible to receive tax-deductible donations, due to the organization’s alleged “financial support to Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories.”
  • Together with Fagforbundet, lobbied the Norwegian retail chain VITA to stop selling Ahava products, “providing VITA and VITA’s owners with information about Ahava and their production in the Mitzpe Shalem settlement.”
  • According to a March 2012 notice posted on the BDS website, activists will “now launch a new campaign to have other stores follow VITA’s example.”
  • Partners with other highly politicized NGOs including: Palestinian Non-Governmental Organisations Network (PNGO), Al Maqdese for Society Development (MSD), Al Tawasol Forum Society, and others.
Donor (Amounts in NOK)20122013
Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD)52.7 million151.3 million
Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs238.3 million236.9 million
Other public Norwegian donors7.8 million4.7 million
Contributions from public authorities, Norway398.9 million393 million
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)30.3 million31.5 million
U.S. Department of State32.7 million29.9 million
EU4.2 million7.1 million
UN16.9 million7.2 million
Government of South Sudan 61 million50.3 million
Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs5.4 million10.9 million
Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs 17.2 million22.5 million
Solidar network709 thousand
Germany6.9 million9.2 million
Other public international donors31.1 million12.9 million
Contributions from public authorities, overseas206.9 million181.7 million
Public Donors605.9 million574.8 million
Other international organizations--11.5 million
Norwegian organizations 7.7 million8 million
Other donors7.7 million19.6 million
TOTAL PROJECT INCOME613.6 million594.5 million

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