Current Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, 2018 [Photo Credit: Guri Solberg / UD / NTB scanpix].
Unfortunately, Norway just declared that the boycotts against Israel, specifically of products made in Judea and Samaria, is not illegal. This decision came after a year and a half of legal proceedings, which began in November 2016.
The legal review started as a response to Tromse and Trondheim, two Norwegian cities, adopting boycotts of Israeli products. The previous Norwegian Foreign Minister Brenda criticized the decisions of Tromse and Trondheim and announced that the Norwegian government opposes any and all boycotts of Israel. Thus began the legal review to see whether or not it was legal to boycott Israel in the first place.
In the end, the conclusion was municipalities and local authorities have the legal ability to adopt a boycott as it was in line with Norway’s international trade commitments. Nevertheless, the Norwegian government recommends that it refrain from adopting boycott initiatives and reiterating its firm stance against the boycotts.
But, with the review concluding it is not illegal to boycott Israel we will see an increase in towns and municipalities that will join the BDS’s efforts to harm and boycott Israel. The city of Buda was stalled in joining the boycott because of the pending review, but will now most likely continue, in line with Waxadel that joined this week and Lillehammer who joined the boycotts in April 2017.
As boycotts are expected to spread throughout Norway, we urge our friends in Norway to take a stand and vote against any formal resolutions to join BDS in their towns. We also hope they will come and learn why Judea and Samaria are the Heartland of Israel, by joining Nati Rom, the founder of Lev HaOlam, for his presentation in Norway on May 27th. For details, please email [email protected].