Face of the day

Danish Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen (Photo: AP

Denmark has stopped aid to 14 Palestinian organisations because of their ties to terror.

Danish Foreign Ministry decides to stop funding for 14 Palestinian organizations in the wake of an internal investigation that found these groups used the money to promote terrorism and the boycott against Israel.
In addition, Copenhagen set stricter conditions for Palestinian NGOs’ eligibility for aid in the future to ensure the money is used for the right purposes, rather than go to terror groups or the BDS Movement.

The decision was made in the wake of an internal investigation in the Danish Foreign Ministry ordered by Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen at the urging of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan.
Starting 2018, aid will be provided to only 10 Palestinian NGOs instead of 24.
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.[…]

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.[…]

Minister Erdan praised the Danish Foreign Ministry’s decision, calling it “a significant achievement for Israel in its resolute struggle against the boycott organizations, which suffered a severe blow today.”

[…] “I’m glad Denmark has realized the Danish tax payer does not wish to fund – directly or indirectly – Palestinian organizations with ties to terrorism. I call on other nations on the European continent to take the same measure of moral responsibility and take similar steps,” Erdan added.