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Assistance under the table

Norwegian aid money reaches the Palestinians through disputed back channels.


[gaza] Norway and other donor countries are using back channels to continue to financially support the Palestinians during the boycott of Hamas. However, Norway will not lift the sanctions against the Hamas government.

- We have spent more funds than budgeted. We pay as far as we can through President Mahmoud Abbas' office and the structures that lie beneath it, says political adviser at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Torbjørn Urfjell (SV).

But such alternative mechanisms are disputed. This winter, several Norwegian organizations stated that they will not be used as a back channel. Norwegian People's Aid, Norwegian Church Aid and the Norwegian Refugee Council instead asked for a lifting of the sanctions. They warn against collapse in the Palestinian territories if this does not happen.

- We think it is wrong to support a blockade of. . .

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