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.”|
- In 2015, total income was 941.9 million Norwegian kroner (NOK); total expenses were NOK 859.6 million.
- Donors include: Norway (MFA, NORAD), Sweden, United States, Switzerland, Germany, United Kingdom, Netherlands, European Union, and Japan. (See chart below for detailed government funding information.)
- From 2016-2019, NPA is receiving NOK 50.8 million from Norway for “Partnership for democratic development in Palestine.” This project is being implemented through 11 partners including PNGO, Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC), Palestinian Center for Democracy and Conflict Resolution (PCDCR), and Democracy and Workers’ Rights Center [Association] in Palestine (DWRC).
- Claims to be “politically independent but not a politically neutral organization” that takes “clear positions in important social debates.”
- Promotes allegations of Israeli “apartheid,” “collective punishment,” “war crimes,” and “violations of international law and human rights,” as well as supporting a Palestinian “right of return.”
- 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.
- In April 2017, NPA hosted Al-Haq’s General Director, Shawan Jabarin, who has alleged ties to the PFLP terrorist organization and as such has previously been denied exit visas by Israel and Jordan. (NGO Monitor’s unofficial translation of the ruling by the Israeli High Court of Justice [June 20, 2007])
- 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.” Refers to the 2014 Gaza War as “Israel’s extensive bombing.”
- 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.”
- 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
(Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
|Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD)||173,620,000||135,482,000||157,406,000
|Other Norwegian governmental entities||16,029,000||7,480,000||24,705,000
|United States (USAID)||28,084,000||27,212,000||35,126,000
|U.S. Department of State||154,497,000||47,271,000||31,484,000
|Netherlands (Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs)||12,352,000||3,164,000||---
|Sweden (Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs)||---||25,506,000||25,258,000
|Germany (German Ministry of Foreign Affairs)||33,623,000||3,351,000||11,389,000
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