An exhibit paid for by the Norwegian NGO People’s Aid—which is funded by the Norwegian government, among others—displayed paintings of maps that did not mention Israel and labeled all of Israeli territory as “Palestine,” according to Palestinian Media Watch.
The exhibition, titled “This is Palestine,” includes maps painted by Palestinian children from Lebanon.
One of the maps, called “This is the area of Palestine,” is accompanied by text stating that the area of “Palestine” is “27,009 square kilometers.” That figure represents the size of all of Israel.
A second map, showing the “borders of Palestine,” omits any reference to Israel, and a third map displays Israeli cities of Be’er Sheva, Jaffa, Acre, Haifa, and Safed as “the cities of Palestine.”
In addition to governmental support from Norway, People’s Aid receives funding from the Canadian International Development Agency. The NGO stated in its annual account in 2012 that it received financial support from the U.S. State Department, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the European Union, the United Nations, the Dutch and Swedish ministries of foreign affairs, and various other governments and entities.
Last week, Harper Collins apologized after it omitted Israel altogether from an atlas it published of the Middle East.