Israel pressures Denmark, Norway into pulling funds from local Palestinian NGOs


Published: 2017-06-05 12:18

Last Updated: 2024-07-14 11:31

Pro-Israel demonstrations in Denmark.
Pro-Israel demonstrations in Denmark.

After pressure from Israel, the Danish government has frozen $8 million in donor funding that it had designated for 24 Palestinian and pro-Palestinian NGOs.

The funds will be frozen pending an investigation to ensure that the money will not be used for non-peaceful purposes.

Switzerland, Sweden and the Netherlands are the contributing countries towards the eight million Dollar donation.

Meanwhile, the country’s Foreign Ministry has cut ties with the Palestinian Women’s Affairs Technical Committee (WATC), and halted funding to the organization after learning that it named a youth centre after Dalal Mughrabi, a Palestinian woman who hijacked a taxi and two buses near Tel Aviv in 1978, killing 38 people, in what is known as the Coastal Plain Massacre.

While the WATC was asked to return $500,000, the Danish Foreign Ministry explained in a statement on its website on Friday that the centre was given funds to support other WATC projects, not the centre itself.

On Saturday Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke at length with Denmark’s PM Lars Lokke, whom he thanked for “taking a stand against the WATC” after learning that the fund has been pulled, reported The Jerusalem Post.

According to Netanyahu, Norway and the UN also pulled their funds from the WATC.

“Some time ago I contacted the Norwegian government and told it to stop funding a Palestinian body that glorifies Palestinian terrorists and it has done so. I appreciate this,” Netanyahu said.