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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shakes hands with Jesper Vahr, Denmark’s ambassador to Israel. (Reuters)

Ramallah – Denmark announced that it will halt the funding of civil Palestinian groups in wake of Israeli accusations that some of these organizations promote “terrorism”.

Danish Ambassador to Israel Jesper Vahr said on Saturday that his country will discontinue the financing of Palestinian non-government organizations and centers.

Copenhagen has decided to completely sever ties with these institutions, adding that it will ask them to return funds provided to them.

The decision comes days after a Danish Foreign Ministry investigation over donations that go to Palestinian centers. The ministry vowed to review the donations that the government grants to Palestinian ngos.

Danish Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen declared that he will not approve any new financing until the results of the investigation are revealed.

“We must make sure that the Danish aid is positively bolstering human rights in the Palestinian territories,” he said in a statement.

The development comes after major pressure exerted by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to “cease the funding of organizations that are active in incitement against Israel.”

He had presented Samuelsen with a list of organizations that receive Danish funding. These groups also advocate the boycott of Israel.