Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin shakes hands with Danish Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen in May, 2017 [Photo Source: Spokesperson unit of the President of Israel]
On Friday, Denmark’s Foreign Ministry announced that it was cutting financial support to 14 out of the 24 Arab non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) over their ties to terror groups, Ynet news reported. Denmark has been one of the primary financial backers of Arab NGO’s in Israel, whose mission is the delegitimization and destruction of the Jewish State.
Friday’s decision happened a few months after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Denmark Anders Samuelsen met. It was then that the Prime Minister and Erdan urged Samuelsen to stop Denmark’s funding of Arab NGOs that are involved in anti-Israel incitement and/or promote boycotts of the Jewish State. Israel presented Copenhagen with evidence that it was financing groups with ties to terror or actively promoting boycotts of Israel, The Times of Israel reported.
Netanyahu gave the Danish Foreign Minister a list of organizations which receive Danish funds that Israel says are linked to the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel.
In addition to cutting funding from organizations currently getting financial aid from Denmark, Copenhagen set stricter conditions for Arab NGOs’ eligibility for aid in the future to ensure that the money that is received from Denmark is used for the right purposes, rather than to assist terror groups or the BDS Movement.
The Danish Foreign Ministry said it will “continue to support civil society organizations focusing on the human rights situation in Palestine, which is a priority under the Danish foreign policy,” but starting next year, “the funds will be transferred under new and stricter conditions. Donor cooperation will end at the end of the year, and the remaining Danish funds from 2017 will be used for expenses related to the administrative completion of the program.”
The Danish investigation into the matter was launched after the Palestinian Women’s Affairs Technical Committee (WATC), which enjoyed Danish aid money, opened a center for women last June named after the terrorist Dalal Mughrabi, who murdered dozens of Israelis in the 1978 Coastal Road massacre.
WATC received half a million dollars through the Ramallah-based Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law Secretariat, a donor program sponsored by Denmark, the Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland, Ynet news reported.
“We have uncovered ties between organizations that back the boycott of Israeli products and organizations that sponsor terrorists. We sought out European countries to stop this funding, and now, Denmark has made a move in the right direction and their funding of these organizations will stop,” Erdan explained. He continued, “[the Danish Foreign Ministry’s decision is] a great victory in the war against the boycott” and “a significant achievement for Israel in its resolute struggle against the boycott organizations, which suffered a severe blow today.”
Unfortunately, Arab governments and organizations are not the only ones that support terrorist organizations. Last year, Israel’s Shin Bet security organization found that the head of World Vision Gaza, Mohammad El Halabi, was diverting funds from the charity in 2010 to the terrorist group Hamas. The Israeli government showed that he funneled 43 million US dollars to Hamas in that time. Shockingly, the largest amount of funds from World Vision Gaza funneled to Hamas was donated by Australia. Leaders responsible for the contributions were shocked to learn that the NGO had unwittingly been duped into funding a terrorist organization. Australia immediately suspended its funding for their World Vision Gaza programmes, with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) announcing a review.
We thank Denmark and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Denmark Anders Samuelsen for taking steps to put an end to the funding of terrorism and groups whose sole aim is the destruction of Israel.
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