[Opinion] The Knights of the BDS order
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The Norwegian government transferred 5 million kroner ($600,000) to the Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law Secretariat, based in Ramallah. It would have been a welcome donation had this body not been responsible for funding anti-Israeli organizations that seek to undermine the existence of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state.
Contrary to funding that is transferred from European taxpayers to various projects, to advance peace and nonviolence, for example, this time these funds facilitate the activities of anti-Israel groups. Foreign governments, including Norway, are expected to be extra careful about where their money goes, because as we have seen, without oversight these funds can go to groups whose work runs contrary to their goals. This is especially true in light of recent revelations regarding the abuse of donations to human rights organization World Vision and the United Nations Development Program, which transferred funds to Hamas. Of course, there is a difference between terrorism and the BDS movement, but their common denominator is a lack of supervision over funds allocated to various organizations that operate within the framework of the Israeli-Arab conflict.