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Israel mulls banning NGO working against eviction of Palestinians

Norwegian Refugee Council representatives visit Beit Hanoun, Gaza [NRC]

Israel's National Security Council (NSC) is considering a decision to ban the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC); a non- governmental organizstion that assists refugees from operating inside the Palestinian territories, Israel Hayom newspaper reported yesterday.

According to the paper, Israeli Minister of Social Services Haim Katz has instructed ministry staff to "review the permit granted to the Norwegian Refugee Council and the council's complying with its terms".

The paper said the ministry will examine "all permits granted to similar organisations active in the Palestinian Authority areas".

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The Norwegian Refugee Council runs a wide range of NGOs, lawyers and activists who regularly submit petitions and requests to Israeli courts to halt or delay eviction or demolition orders targeting Palestinian properties, the Israeli paper said, noting that the Council coordinates its activities with European Union countries that finance its activities, including those seeking to preserve the possibility of implementing the two-state solution.

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is an independent humanitarian organisation that assists people who have been forcibly displaced both within and outside their country due to political and military crises.

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