This is in practice what it means to have unelected and Israel hating organizations paying for official politics:
- Censure! is what the head of the Carmel institute, John Skåland,calls the measure from the Ministry, notifying them that it wants to investigate the transfer of funds for settlements in Israel.
A few days before John Skåland returned to Israel Friday a letter from the Ministry of Finance was received informing them that they will ask the Inland Revenue to initiate investigations into Carmel’ tax exemption program for donations received in support of settlements in Samaria.
This time, during his stay in Israel, he will not be able to visit the Alonei Shilo settlement that the Carmel Institute has supported financially.
The Carmel Institute director acknowledges receipt of the letter from the Norwegian authorities, but he shakes his head in disbelief.
- This is nothing short of censure and an attempt to control other peoples mind, it is veritable attack on a Christian organization from the leftist government. I react very strongly to the fact that the two organizations who requested the investigation strongly disagree with our activities in Israel and our support for the settlements, Skåland said.
It is the Norwegian People’s Aid and the Union Fagforbundet that have requested that the Ministry of Finance investigate the Carmel Institute.
He claims this is the beginning of persecution of Christians in Norway who do not follow the official majority view.
- This time they single out the Carmel Institute and our work in Israel. The next time, it could be sanctions against Christian organizations that oppose homosexuality. This is just the beginning of censuring unpopular opinions in Norway, and I find it very sad that Norway has sunk so low, the leader of the Carmel Institute says.
Will mount a battle
Skåland assures that the battle is not lost. He has been in contact with several lawyers who are ready to take the case. This is actually a matter of principle, he claims.
- It’s about equality under the law for NGO’s. In addition, the case is also about whether we should follow the Norwegian Law, or if we also are obliged to comply with the provions of the UN Security Council. The new provision that came into effect last fall cannot be made retroactive. So I doubt that they will have great success in court, Skåland said.
He promises that support for the settlements will not be reduced.
- On the contrary. We get even more encouraged and muster greater strength than before when we experience such things, Skåland says.
Economically, he argues that the statement from the Ministry of Finance will not mean anything.
- This is more about justice and equality before the law for non-profit organizations. They have a tremendous job ahead if they want to investigate whether all such organizations are compliant with UN resolutions, the Carmel Institute leader says.
Skåland adds that this also is about wanting to hit organizations that support Israel.
- This is a signal that it will be tougher for those who support Israel through thick and thin in times to come, John Skåland said.