Norway is joining Denmark in its decision not to support organizations that promote boycotting Israel. Israeli Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan says that this is another important step in the fight against the boycott organizations.
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A few days after Denmark announced that it will be cutting aid to organizations boycotting Israel and toughen the criteria for funding Palestinian NGOs, Norway also declared that beginning in 2018, its government will no longer support organizations that aim to promote the boycotting of Israeli policy.
Norway released a statement saying that boycotting generates distance, while the Norwegian government believes in dialogue and cooperation in order to produce mutual trust as part of a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This decision is another expression of Norway’s consistent opposition towards boycotts against Israel.
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“This is another vital step in undermining the boycott organizations,” said Israeli Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan in response to Norway’s decision. “We’ll continue acting consistently in order to expose the European funding for Palestinian de-legitimization organizations.”
As reported on Friday by JOL, the Danish Foreign Ministry announced that it will cut funding from Palestinian NGOs promoting boycotts on Israel. The announcement was a result of pressure from Israeli government officials, including Erdan, who notified the Danish Foreign Ministry about aid money that had reached organizations with ties to terrorist organizations.