Three Palestinian and one US-based civil society organization have urged Norway’s Ministry of Finance to reinstate a prohibition on investment by Norway’s Government Pension Fund Global in two Israeli companies – Africa Israel and Danya Cebus – due to their ongoing construction of homes in the Israeli settlement of Gilo.
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.
Three motions are being put forward to the Norwegian LO (TUC) Congress to sever relations with Israel’s labour organisation, the Histadrut. The claim is backed by LO in Oslo, Bergen, Trondheim, Stavanger, Tromso and Mo i Rana; plus the Norwegian Electrician and IT Workers' Union (EL&IT Forbundet), several locals of the Norwegian United Federation of Trade Unions (Fellesforbundet) and other federations. It is time for the LO Congress to support the demand, and for the leadership of LO to critically examine their grounds for rejecting it.
The Norwegian Federation of Trade Unions (LO) has voted to reaffirm its support for campaigns against companies that profit from Israeli violations of international law and to pressure the Norwegian government to impose a ban on trade with illegal Israeli settlements.
Since August, student activists from the Palestine Committee at the University of Oslo have been campaigning against the University’s leadership to renounce the coming renewal of the contracts it has with security company G4S.