A parliament committee in Denmark is set to question Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen on allegations that he was pressured by Israeli officials to announce a new, tougher policy on funding Palestinian NGOs.

Anders Samuelsen

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Denmark’s parliament on Wednesday will question Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen on his recent decision to cut funding to several Palestinian NGOs, a move that has been praised by Israeli officials but slammed by the Danish left-wing opposition.

Left-wing party members in the Danish parliament have voiced claims that Samuelsen’s decision was “dictated” by Israel, though Israeli officials have dismissed this. The parliament is expected to ask Samuelsen whether or not Israeli politicians had any involvement in the decision-making process.

In addition, Samuelsen will be asked about the alleged involvement of non-governmental Israeli groups such as NGO Monitor, which reports on international NGOs that support a boycott of Israel and have ties with terrorist organizations.

Last month, JOL reported that the Danish Foreign Ministry had decided to stop funding Palestinian NGOs promoting boycotts on Israel and toughen criteria for financial aid for other NGOs.