Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA) and the Norwegian Union of Municipal and General Employees (NUMGE) applaud Nordea’s decision to exclude Cemex from its investment portfolio due to the company’s extraction of non-renewable natural resources from occupied Palestinian territory
In May 2012 the Norwegian Union of Municipal and General Employees (NUMGE) and Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA) published a report demonstrating that Norwegian authorities and companies, through financial investments and trade, are involved in activities that contribute to Israel’s breaches of international law and human rights. The report further revealed how groups in Norway give direct support to the occupation by means of monetary transfers to individual settlements.
Following advocacy-work and pressure from Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA) and the Norwegian Union of Municipal and General Employees (NUMGE), the Norwegian Ministry of Finance today announced their decision to exclude the Norwegian organisation “Karmel-instituttet” from the list of organisations that the Norwegian public may get tax deductions for providing funds to.
Norwegian retail chain VITA made public on Friday their decision to stop all sales of products originating from settlements in occupied Palestine. VITA will therefore stop selling products from the cosmetics brand Ahava. VITA has been the main retailer of Ahava products in Norway, and this decision will be a serious blow to the sales of Ahava products in Norway.
The principled decision by VITA not to buy products from Israeli settlements in the West Bank is based on a position of not wanting to contribute to violations of international law.