The Danish Foreign Ministry announced Friday the cessation of financial aid, along with a more stringent vetting process, for the transfer of funds to Palestinian Authority NGOs.
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 move came after Israel’s Ministry of Strategic Affairs provided information to Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu that European funds are going to PA NGOs with ties to terrorist organizations. These NGOs also promote boycotts against Israel, the ministry noted. As a result, Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan sent a letter to the Danish Foreign Minister insisting Denmark cease funding these organizations.
The Danish Foreign Ministry said in a statement that 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.
NGOs like Al-Haq and Addameer, of which several of their senior administrators have close ties to the PFLP, including Al-Haq’s executive director terrorist Shawan Jabarin (who previously served jail time for his involvement in terrorism).