Regarding recent articles addressing Norwegian policy on BDS

Reference is made to various articles in the local media regarding Norway’s support to Palestinian and Israeli civil society organizations. The articles appear to refer to formulations in the Government’s budget proposal for 2018, which was approved by the Norwegian Parliament earlier this month.

The Government’s budget for 2018 re-confirms Norway’s well-established policy on BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions). Based on our interest in realizing a negotiated two-state solution, Norway’s support to Palestinian and Israeli civil society organizations will continue. But as before, the Norwegian Government will not provide support to organizations that have stated boycott of Israel as their primary goal.

Norway continues to believe that dialogue and cooperation are prerequisites for improving relations between Palestinians and Israelis.