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ADL Urges Norway to Reconsider Contacts with Hamas

June 1, 2007

His Excellency Jonas Gahr Støre
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
7. juni-plassen/ Victoria Terrasse
N-0032 Oslo

Dear Mr. Foreign Minister:

We are writing to express our deep disappointment with the path Norway has chosen to pursue first by recognizing the Hamas-led Palestinian unity coalition and now by resuming direct aid to the Palestinian administration. There is no possible justification for Norway’s abandoning the approach adhered to by the international community which has sent the consistent message to Hamas that it cannot begin to achieve legitimacy until it expressly renounces violence and recognizes Israel’s right to exist.

We are certain you are aware of the many ongoing initiatives within the international community, including by Israel, to expand the distribution of humanitarian aid to the Palestinian people and support the infrastructure of the Palestinian administration without rewarding the cynical refusal by Hamas to give up its use of terror and its aspirations to destroy Israel. Norway’s new policy toward Hamas is likely to make it significantly more difficult to find the appropriate mechanisms to accomplish the goal of providing much needed help to the Palestinian people.

We urge you to reconsider your government’s latest change of policy before it seriously undermines the efforts of the international community to unambiguously maintain the morally correct position regarding Hamas’ murderous acts of terror and its stated goal of eliminating a member state of the United Nations.


Glen S. Lewy
National Chair

Abraham H. Foxman
National Director

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