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Norwegian Peoples Aid (NPA)


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.”



  • Claims to be “politically independent but not a politically neutral organization” that takes “clear positions in important social debates.”

Anti-Israel Activities


  • A leader and mobilizer of anti-Israel boycotts, divestments, and sanctions (BDS) campaigns.
  • Erik Finn Thoresen, Norwegian People’s Aid director, is a prominent BDS campaigner. He advanced a BDS campaign in the General Confederation of Trade Unions in the Bergen district in 2008, which eventually adopted the BDS strategy.
  • Played a central role in lobbying the Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) to divest from Israeli companies “involved in building activities in the illegal settlements,” promoting distorted factual and legal claims.
  • In June 2016, NPA worked with the Norwegian Union of Municipal and General Employees (Fagforbundet) to publish a second draft of its May 2012 document, “Dangerous Liaisons,” which falsely alleged that Norwegian companies, through financial investments in Israel, are participating in international law and human rights abuses. The original document was cited as a central resource for the GPFG campaign, as well as other Norwegian BDS efforts. The document relies heavily upon Israeli BDS NGO Who Profits.
    • Claimed that owing to the update of this report and lobbying by NPA and Fagforbundet (Norwegian Union of Municipal and General Employees), “One important result was that KLP excluded two companies from its portfolio: Heidelberg Cement and Cemex, both of which extract nonrenewable natural resources on the West Bank.”
  • In October 2014, NPA, in cooperation with the Fagforbundet trade union, began a campaign against G4S demanding that “G4S withdraws from all activities on occupied Palestinian land, and stop all deliveries to Israeli prisons where Palestinian prisoners are imprisoned in violation of the Geneva Conventions.”
    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.”
  • On October 30, 2012, 22 NGOs, including Norwegian People’s Aid, released a report, “Trading Away Peace: How Europe Helps Sustain Illegal Israeli Settlements.” The report called on the EU and national governments to wage political warfare through various forms of economic sanctions against Israel.
  • 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 the Norwegian Union of Municipal and General Employees, 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.”


Government funding based on Annual Reports (amounts in NOK)

Source: NPA 2015 and 2014 Annual Reports

Donor 201520142013
(Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD)173,620,000135,482,000157,406,000
Other Norwegian governmental entities16,029,0007,480,00024,705,000
United States (USAID)28,084,00027,212,00035,126,000
U.S. Department of State154,497,00047,271,00031,484,000
European Union17,846,00016,807,00011,142,000
South Sudan---8,352,0003,262,000
Netherlands (Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs)12,352,0003,164,000---
Sweden (Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs)---25,506,00025,258,000
Germany (German Ministry of Foreign Affairs)33,623,0003,351,00011,389,000
UK (DFID)4,307,00020,414,000---
Other countries17,233,0004,903,0008,892,000
United Nations24,015,00010,445,00014,589,000

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