Norwegian Church Aid (NCA)
|In their own words||A “diakonal organization working for global justice” seeking to “[p]rotect the dignity of the destitute, poor and oppressed, and join hands with them in their struggle for basic rights.”|
- In 2020, total income was NOK 1.1 billion; total expenses were NOK 1 billion.
- Donors include: Norway (via Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation [Norad] and Ministry of Foreign Affairs), European Union, U.S., Christian Aid (UK), DanChurchAid (Denmark), Finn Church Aid (Finland), Caritas Internationalis, and World Health Organization. (See chart below.)
- Norwegian Church Aid has received Norwegian funding for numerous projects:
- NCA participated in a project (2016-2019; NOK 752,688) with Lutheran World Federation, funded by Norway, titled “Peacebuilding and economic empowerment programme,” to “enhance youth ability to develop their competences, and be able to compete in the labour market in the West Bank and Jerusalem.”
- Founded as “a small fundraising drive by Norwegian churches.”
- Operates in over 30 countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
- According to its website, “Norwegian Church Aid has supported the Palestinian churches’ humanitarian work among Palestinian refugees since the 1950s. In 2005, we established an office in Jerusalem in order to strengthen this work.”
- In 2016, established a “joint office” with DanChurchAid in Jerusalem.
- Supports the Kairos Palestine document, which calls for BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanctions) against Israel; denies the Jewish historical connection to Israel in theological terms; and rationalizes, justifies, and trivializes terrorism, calling it “legal resistance.”
- In September 2021, NCA organized a photo exhibit of the West Bank, alleging that Palestinians “live with daily crucifixions.”
- In June 2021, NCA was a signatory on a statement referring to Gaza as “a hell on earth.”
- In August 2015, NCA was a signatory to a petition calling on world leaders to “lift the blockade” and “stop this injustice” as “the blockade has been found to be in violation of international law and is collective punishment of all Palestinians in Gaza.”
- Published a “Country plan 2011-2015: The occupied Palestinian Territory with Israel and faith-based organisations in the Middle East,” together with ACT Alliance, presenting a highly biased and politicized view of the conflict and accusing Israel of “excessive use of force,” “demolitions,” “displacement,” “harassment,” using “human shields,” and promoting the Palestinian narrative of “Nakba” [meaning the establishment of Israel is a “catastrophe”].
- Signatory to the 2015 Association of International Development Agencies (AIDA) “joint agency briefing paper titled, “Charting a New Course: Overcoming the Stalemate in Gaza,” misrepresenting international law and distorting legal terminology to place primary blame for the 2014 Gaza war on Israel. The paper omits Hamas rocket attacks against Israeli civilians, as well as terror tunnels running beneath the border into Israel. The paper further encourages contact with Hamas, stating: “Restricted contact can undermine humanitarian access and implementation of humanitarian programmes…”
- In 2013, NCA was one of 36 organizations (including Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, Christian Aid, ICCO, Diakonia, and others) that collectively called on Israel to “Stop Demolishing Peace.” The appeal places sole blame for the conflict on Israel, omitting Palestinian terror against Israeli civilians.
- In October 2011, NCA organized an art exhibit at a high school in the village of Nesbru, Norway, which portrayed an “X” through an Israeli flag, with the word “Murder” written backwards in English. Following negative publicity, the high school removed the exhibit.
- Following Hamas’ takeover of Gaza in 2006, NCA, along with the Norwegian Refugee Council and Norwegian People’s Aid, criticized the Norwegian government for “withdrawing economic support” for the “Hamas government.” In addition to recognizing Hamas as a legitimate party, NCA criticizes Israel for imposing sanctions on this terrorist organization that continually targets Israeli civilians.
Ties to EAPPI
- In Norway, Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) is administered by Norwegian Church Aid.
- EAPPI is considered to be the “main project” of NCA’s “Faith Communities and Peace Building program in Israel-Palestine.” This NCA program is funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and its Section for Humanitarian Affairs.
- Since 2011, “NCA has deployed 70 Norwegian Ecumenical Accompaniers (EAs)…to provide protective presence, report and refer cases to other organisations in the humanitarian system.”
- Former EAPPI advocacy officer Nader Hanna explained that “NCA is also involved in recruitment, which is the most important. So they (NCA), they’re advertised – they do interviews, they receive applications, they do tests, and they also test them before they come here. And when they go back home, NCA is also coordinating their advocacy efforts back home…NCA is funding, and facilitates so that candidates are able to come and participate in this program.”
- According to a Norwegian Church Aid report (2015), “EAPPI and RHR [Rabbis for Human Rights] contribute to ‘protect vulnerable’ populations, many of them Bedouin villages… Through its networks NCA, EAPPI and RHR have also advocated directly to ministers and government officials as well as through news and social media, resulting in political pressure on Israel from both within and internationally.”
- Active in promoting the BDS (boycotts, divestments and sanctions) campaign against Israel.
- Held campaign titled “Close the Weapons Loophole!” calling on Norwegian authorities to “regulate exports” and to stop “sell[ing] weapons to Israel.”
- On June 2, 2016, NCA was a signatory on a letter calling on the EU to “uphold its legal responsibilities and hold Israel accountable for its violations of international law and to defend the right of individuals and institutions to take part in the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for justice and equality.”
- On July 9, 2014, NCA was a signatory on a letter to the Norwegian government “condemn[ing] in the strongest possible terms Israel’s breaches of international law, through the introduction of sanctions against Israel.”
- Was a signatory to the 2012 report “Trading Away Peace” that repeats the BDS agenda, calling on EU and individual European governments to wage political warfare through various forms of economic sanctions on Israel.
- In 2010, NCA donated NIS 118,024 to Coalition of Women for Peace (CWP), a pro-BDS NGO that has participated in campaigns against Israeli banks, the Elbit and G4S security companies, Ahava cosmetics, and Agrexco produce, and initiated the “Who Profits” database that identifies targets for anti-Israel divestment and boycotts.
- Partners with highly biased and politicized NGOs including BADIL, B’Tselem, Breaking the Silence, Rabbis for Human Rights, Finn Church Aid, Christian Aid, International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC), World Council of Churches (WCC), Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Israel and Palestine (EAPPI), Women’s Centre for Legal Aid and Counselling (WCLAC), Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR), Applied Research Institute of Jerusalem (ARIJ), Women Affairs Center (WAC), Lutheran World Federation (LWF), East Jerusalem YMCA, and the Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum (PIEF).
- Refers to DanChurchAid as a “sister-organisation.”
- DanChurchAid publishes one-sided condemnations of Israel that erase the context of terrorism, repeat the Palestinian narrative, ignore corruption, and blame Israel for Palestinian poverty and the continuation of the conflict.
- DanChurchAid funds DanWatch, which promotes BDS under the guide of “business ethics.” Specifically funds DanWatch’s project “Business on Forbidden Land,” focusing on Danish companies allegedly conducting business in Israeli settlements and opposing the marketing of Israeli goods produced in the West Bank.
- Member of Association of International Development Agencies (AIDA).
- Member of the ACT Alliance, a coalition of 144 churches and church-related organizations.
- The ACT Alliance promotes demonizing rhetoric against Israel; international boycotts, divestments and sanctions (BDS) campaigns; as well as the Kairos Palestine document, which denies Jewish historical connections to Israel.
- Supported the EU’s decision to label products exported from Israeli communities over the 1967 ceasefire line, calling it “an important measure towards ensuring continued, full and effective implementation of existing EU legislation.”
- Member of ACT Palestine Forum, a coalition of ACT Alliance Members that cooperates in Israel and the West Bank and Gaza under the Act Alliance network.
- Advocacy goals include contributing “to a global discourse on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that addresses the consequences of occupation, promotes access of individuals to resources, and ultimately brings an end to the occupation” and targeting “Christian communities on the International level…by stressing Christians’ suffering in the Holy Land and seek to preserve Christians presence in Palestine.”
- Urges “various forms of boycott of settlement products,” accusing Israel of denying “Palestinians their fundamental rights of freedom, equality, and self-determination through military occupation.”
- Published a February 2013 Advocacy Paper, “The ‘Permit Regime’ and Israeli Attacks on Palestinian Freedom of Worship,” alleging that “Under Israeli military occupation, repression has become the worst of history compared to that of South Africa. It’s a sophisticated form of social, economic, political and racial discrimination, strangulation, and genocide, incorporating the worst elements of colonialism and apartheid as well as repressive dispossession, displacement and state terrorism to separate Palestinians from their land and heritage, deny them their rightful civil and human rights, and gradually remove or eliminate them altogether. The ID/permit system is one of many elements designed to make greater Israel an ethnically pure Jewish state.”
2018-2020 Funding Received (Amounts in NOK)
|Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) – local office||NOK 7.9 million||2020-2023
|NOK 12 million||2016-2018
|NCA - DanChurchAid||NOK 8 million||2020-2024
|NOK 2.4 million||2016-2019
|NCA-EAPPI||NOK 2.1 million||2020-2024
|NOK 6.2 million||2017-2019
|NCA – World Council of Churches||NOK 952,681||2016-2019
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