Last week, Israel Hayom revealed that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lashed out against the Norwegian foreign minister during her visit to his office, accusing her government of “meddling in Israel’s internal affairs” by funding anti-Israeli activity.
Not surprisingly, her defense was that the activity to which he was referring was nothing more than humanitarian work. The word “humanitarian” evokes sympathy, and justifiably so. It is associated with helping those who were hurt by Mother Nature or by war. But just as “human rights” causes are misused to advance political agendas, so too is “humanitarian assistance” misused sometimes to malign Israel.