In the Media: Denmark

Below is a compilation of articles highlighting NGO Monitor’s contributions to the broader conversation about NGOs, funding, and accountability in Denmark.  These include blogs and op-eds written by NGO Monitor and staff, as well as articles citing NGO Monitor, or otherwise relevant to our mission.

Denmark Orders Freeze of Secretariat Funding

NGO Monitor, June 4, 2017

Following extended criticism of IHL Secretariat core-funding recipient Women’s Affairs Technical Committee, Denmark has frozen payments to the Secretariat pending an investigation of all of recipients.

Correspondence with Danish Foreign Minister on Palestinian NGOs

NGO Monitor, May 25, 2017

An open letter written by NGO Monitor to the Danish Foreign Minister, seeking clarification on future Danish funding to NGOs that incite to violence, justify terror and have alleged ties to terror organizations.

After Pressure From Israel, Denmark Reexamining Donations to Palestinian NGOs

Barak Ravid, Haaretz, May 30, 2017

“Netanyahu had asked visiting Danish foreign minister to look into funding of NGOs involved with BDS.”

Anders Samuelsen will examine aid to Palestine

Radio247syv, May 29, 2017

Only 11 days after Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen (LA) with a handshake during an official visit to Israel and the West Bank formally signed a declaration to allocate millions of Danish development assistance in support of Palestinian organizations, announces the same Samuelsen a “thorough investigation” that to clarify whether some of the organizations calling for violence and hatred against Israel and thus still not worthy to receive Danish support.

Denmark has not co-financed Palestinian Women’s Center (Danish)

Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, May 30, 2017

We would also have required repayment, if there had been Danish co-financing the project.

Palestinian recipients of donor funds shelves terrorist (Danish)

Berlingske, Allan Sorensen, May 30, 2017

It is the local council, who Rim Hajje is a member, has named the Center and it is the organization Women’s Technical Affairs Committee, which has helped to facilitate the rehabilitation of the site. Among other European and thus also Danish, donor money.

Anders Samuelsen will examine aid for Palestinians (Danish)

Borsen, MAY 29, 2017

Nevertheless, there is therefore now “yet a thorough investigation” to determine whether one or more of the Palestinian organizations calling for violence and hatred, according Radio24syv.

Norway requires money back Palestinian center named after terrorist – puts pressure on Samuelsen (Danish)

Ordet & Israel, Anders Hjorth Vindum, May 29, 2017

It was the group NGO Monitor, which focused on the Danish support in connection with Samuel’s visit to Israel. Olga Deutsch, as NGO Monitor’s European director, said: “The Danish Foreign Minister’s decision to prioritize this so high is alarming.

Danish-supported organization stands behind women’s center that celebrates terrorist (Danish)

Radio247syv, May 30, 2017

But almost at the same time opened a new women’s center in the village of Burqa in the West Bank, and it was with WATC as the driving force and economic partner with, inter alia, the Norwegian Government and the UN.

New European Funding Cycle to the Secretariat

NGO Monitor, May 24, 2017

An overview of funding to the IHL Secretariat from its donor governments, following Denmark’s signing agreements for an additional funding cycle of $8.3 million.

Olga Deutsch’s Interview on ILTV

ILTV, May 18, 2017

Olga Deutsch, director of NGO Monitor’s Europe Desk, speaking on ILTV about European funding for pro-BDS NGOs.

Danish tax money going indirectly to terrorism? (Danish)

Lars Boje Mathiesen, Jyllands-Posten Debate, May 19, 2017

“But this donation is far more problematic and serious. It is apparent from the organization NGO Monitor that several of the organizations that give money in real terms by working with terrorists and the so-called Pro BDS organizations (boycott, divestment, sanctions), which are directed against the State of Israel.”

Netanyahu to Samuelsen: “Stop Funding the Palestinian Boycott Groups” (Danish)

Allan Sørensen, Berlingske, May 18, 2017

“The EU’s previous donor cycle included 56 percent of donations given to organizations that support and promote the BDS,” writes NGO Monitor’s EU director Olga Deutsch.

Israel asks Denmark not to fund pro-BDS organisations as Copenhagen is set to announce grant to radical Palestinian groups

European Jewish Press, May 18, 2017

Denmark’s Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen is set to announce a grant of 8.3 million dollars to a group that distributes funds to numerous anti-Israel organisations, according to Israeli watchdog NGO Monitor.

Danish FM to give 30 million shekels to anti-Israel groups

Israel Hayom, May 18, 2017

According to watchdog group NGO Monitor, a hefty portion of the Secretariat’s budget is appropriated to anti-Israel, pro-Palestinian organizations that incite to violence, glorify terror, champion the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel across the globe, seek to indict Israeli officials at the International Criminal Court and make spurious charges of Israeli “apartheid” and “war crimes.”

Denmark will fund organizations that support terror (Hebrew)

Amit Mizrachi, Israel Hayom, May 17, 2017 (updated May 18)

“Danish FM will sign in Ramallah on the transfer of NIS 30 million to anti-Israel organizations. Olga Deutsch, head of Europe Desk at the research institute NGO Monitor: “the Danish taxpayer should know they are transferring funds designated for terror and violence.””

Danish FM will transfer NIS 30 million to pro-BDS organizations (Hebrew)

NRG, May 17, 2017

“NGO Monitor said that “the activities this framework is promoting are not in line with Denmark’s official support of the peace process and a two-state solution, and deny the legitimacy of Israel as the state of the Jewish nation.””

Samuelsen visiting the Middle East: “We must hold on to the two-state solution” (Danish)

Allan Sørensen, Berlingske, May 17, 2017

“A number of Israeli organizations, among them NGO Monitor, criticize Denmark and other EU countries to support Palestinian organizations promoting the idea of boycott of Israel and a one-state solution instead of a two-state solution. That is, ideas that are in stark contrast to the solution the donors themselves promote.”

Denmark to Transfer Over $8 million to Radical Anti-Israel NGOs

NGO Monitor, May 17, 2017

The Danish government will announce an additional $8.3 million to the IHL Secretariat, a joint funding mechanism that distributes a large portion of its budget as core funding to radical Palestinian NGOs that incite violence and terrorism, are active in BDS campaigns, and engage in legal warfare against Israel.

Recent Activities of NGOs Funded by the Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law Secretariat: January – April 2017

NGO Monitor, May 10, 2017

A summary of the recent activities of NGOs that receive core funding from the Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law Secretariat.

European Funded NGOs linked to PFLP Terror Network, IBA News (Hebrew)

NGO Monitor, November 22, 2016

Report from IBA News based on NGO Monitor research, European Funded NGOs linked to PFLP Terror Network