Criticizing Israel Is the New Anti-Semitism

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The Israeli justice minister said in an interview that European leaders who criticize Israel are being anti-Semitic, just like their predecessors.

Criticizing the state of Israel and its government in any form is the new anti-Semitism, Israel’s Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked told The Washington Post in an interview Wednesday, accusing European leaders of replacing old anti-Semitic tendencies with a new format.

“In the past, we saw European leaders speaking against the Jews. Now, we see them speaking against Israel. It is the same anti-Semitism of blood libels, spreading lies, distorting reality and brainwashing people into hating Israel and the Jews,” Shaked said in an interview with The Washington Post.

European leaders have also expressed support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel, which according to her also constitutes anti-Semitism.

BDS supporters in Europe and elsewhere are “using the same kind of anti-Semitism but instead of saying they are against the Jews, they say they are against Israel.”

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Published in: on May 5, 2016 at 06:56  Leave a Comment  
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France Arrest Woman For Wearing T-shirt Criticising Israel

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France has intensified its war on free speech this week by arresting a woman for wearing a T-shirt that criticised Israel by promoting the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement in support of Palestine.

The woman was taking part in a march for International Women’s Day in Paris on Sunday, when undercover police grabbed her and detained her for wearing the ‘illegal’ t-shirt that had the words “Boycott Apartheid Israel” printed on it.

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Published in: on March 14, 2016 at 19:59  Leave a Comment  
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Boycott Divestment Sanctions

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BDS eventually worked on South Africa. The indigenous people were supressed by the white Europeans who had gradually taken over the country from about 1650. The whites ruled over the blacks and eventually brought about apartheid. In the 1980s, the anti-apartheid movements in the United States and Europe were gaining support for boycotts against South Africa, and in the end the west helped end apartheid.

The suppression of the Palestinians has come to a very dire situation. They are oppressed, marginalised and treated as second class citizens. Segregated roads, buses, etc.
So why is it that if the same pressure is put on Israel to end its oppression of the Palestinians that it is labelled anti-Semite? Surely there are many similarities between South Africa and Israel. But instead of western countries supporting the Boycott Divestment Sanctions (BDS) movement they are now trying to make it illegal to criticise Israel.

Just this last week in France a woman was arrested for wearing a T-shirt printed with words ‘Boycott Apartheid Israel’ Why is Israel protected above all other countries?

Also Sephardi Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef said this last weekend that it is recommended in the Torah to kill the Palestinians.

If Israel ever manages to completely annihilate the Palestinians, will the western governments still not say a word against Israel?

SodaStream admits bowing to boycott pressure

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SodaStream, the maker of fizzy drink machines, has confirmed that pressure from an international boycott campaign prompted it to withdraw from the occupied West Bank.

In a recent interview with The Jerusalem Post, SodaStream’s CEO Daniel Birnbaum said that his firm had planned to eventually close its factory in Mishor Adumim, an industrial park adjoining an Israeli settlement in the West Bank.

The shutdown was accelerated by pressure from the Palestinian-led boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, he confirmed.

“We didn’t leave Mishor Adumim because of BDS, we had a consolidation plan and we simply ran out of room for expansion there,” Birnbaum said. “However, if it wasn’t for BDS, we might have stayed there another year or two, so it did have some effect. So, you can say that BDS was responsible for 500 Palestinians losing their jobs when SodaStream moved.”

Birnbaum’s profession of concern for his former employees should be treated with skepticism.

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Published in: on March 3, 2016 at 06:50  Leave a Comment  
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UK Israeli boycott ban contradicts official govt business guidelines

serveimageC307RH6OBritain’s ban on the public boycott of goods from Israel’s occupied territories contradicts its own official business guidelines, documents have revealed.

The controversial new law, which would ban local councils, student unions and other public bodies from boycotting goods for political reasons, was announced by the government on Monday and has been implemented without parliamentary debate or vote.

However, documents first seen by the Independent show the Foreign Office’s Overseas Business Risk assessment for Israel states that the government does “not encourage or offer support” to business with the occupied territories, apparently contradicting the new regulation.

“Settlements are illegal under international law, constitute an obstacle to peace and threaten to make a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict impossible,” the document reads.

“There are therefore clear risks related to economic and financial activities in the settlements, and we do not encourage or offer support to such activity.”
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Published in: on February 22, 2016 at 14:37  Leave a Comment  
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US church votes to boycott Israel over occupation of Palestine

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One of the largest Christian Protestant denominations in the United States has overwhelmingly approved a resolution calling for divestment from companies that profit from Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories.

The United Church of Christ voted Tuesday to boycott products from Israeli settlements and divest from companies with business in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories, underscoring the growing momentum of a US protest movement against Israeli policy.

The denomination’s top legislative body endorsed the action on a vote of 508-124 with 38 abstentions during its meeting in Cleveland, Ohio.

The boycott resolution was the second such measure passed by the church, which has about 1 million members and over 5,000 congregations across the US.

The first resolution, passed in 2005, called for the use of “economic leverage” Israel and had accused the Zionist regime of widespread human rights abuses against the Palestinians.
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European Union Parliament joins boycott Israel campaign

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The European Union Parliament has joined a growing international campaign to boycott Israel over its settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territories.

In a letter to EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton on Friday, 29 members of the EU Parliament called for an action to discourage European firms from trading with firms based in Israeli settlements.

The EU lawmakers say any economic relations with Israeli firms involved in settlement construction will contribute to Tel Aviv’s violation of international law and human rights abuses.

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Israel loses eight billion dollars and Arab parties join the boycott

Mustafa Barghouti, the secretary-general of the Palestinian National Initiative movement, has estimated that Israel has incurred losses of around eight billion dollars due to the boycott campaign against illegal settlements, equivalent to 20 per cent of their GDP.

Regarding the latest Palestinian efforts to escalate the settlement boycott, Barghouti revealed that an agreement has been made with 13 democratic Arab parties to form boycott committees in the Arab world.

In a statement to Quds Net News Agency on Thursday he said: “the European Union did not issue a decision to boycott Israel, but what is taking place is the boycott of any relationship or agreements with settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.”

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Israeli Officials Face War Crimes Charges in Supreme Court

For the first time in history the Israeli Supreme Court will hear evidence next week against officials who are accused of committing war crimes in Lebenon and Gaza.

The charges against senior Israeli political and military officials, including Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and his Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni among others, will call into question the attack on Lebanon in summer 2006, Operation Cast Lead in Gaza in late 2008, and an attack on a humanitarian aid flotilla in May 2010, according to Al Jazeera.

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Published in: on March 31, 2014 at 20:05  Leave a Comment  
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Israelis storm Al-Aqsa Mosque and injure dozens of Palestinians .

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Dozens of Palestinian worshippers were wounded on Sunday morning when Israeli police fired stun grenades and rubber bullets towards them in Al-Aqsa Mosque. The media coordinator for Al-Aqsa Foundation for Religious Endowments and Islamic Heritage, Mahmoud Abu Atta, said that countless Israeli forces stormed the mosque from the Mughrabi Gate and assaulted the Muslims at prayer inside.

“The Israeli police fired volleys of stun grenades and rubber bullets,” said Abu Atta. “Among all the injuries, at least one young man was seriously wounded in the head during the assault.” He pointed out that the Israeli police prevented students from reaching their religious lessons inside the mosque. The students then staged an impromptu protest outside the Hettan and Al-Majlis Gates.

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Israeli arrests of Palestinian children increase by 80%

Israeli arrests of Palestinian children have increased by 80 per cent over the past two months compared with the average monthly number detained by the occupation authorities over the past two years.

The Euro-Mid Observer for Human Rights said in a report released on Monday that Israeli forces arrested 740 Palestinian children in January and February. Of these, 465 were detained for at least one week.

The Geneva-based watchdog said the average number of Palestinian children detained in 2013 was 200 per month, according to statistics released by the Israeli Prisons Service. The figure for 2012 was 197 arrests of children per month.

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BDS supporting rock star Roger Waters hits back against vicious smears

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Since becoming one of the most prominent faces in favor of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, rock star Roger Waters has come under vicious attack. Now, he’s fighting back.

In an Op-Ed piece published by Salon, Waters, who made his name with Pink Floyd, hits back against supporters of Israel calling him a bigot and anti-Semite. He writes that given his upbringing–raised by a single mom because his father died fighting the Nazis–he had “no choice” but to speak out for Palestinian rights, given that “the vulnerable Palestinian population still lives under occupation, while…more Palestinians are imprisoned, injured or killed struggling for the right to live in dignity and peace.”

Waters made waves in December when he told activist Frank Barat that Israel engaged in “ethnic cleansing and…systematic racist apartheid.” Citing journalist Max Blumenthal’s book Goliath, he also said that the “right-wing rabbinate” believes “that the Indigenous people of the region that they kicked off the land in 1948 and have continued to kick off the land ever since are sub-human. The parallels with what went on in the 30’s in Germany are so crushingly obvious.”

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Published in: on March 20, 2014 at 20:07  Leave a Comment  
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Bad news for Israel: headlines only tip of European boycott iceberg

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New research suggests that as many as one in seven Dutch institutional investors have excluded companies involved in the Israeli occupation of Palestine in the course of the last five years.

“This is an indication that it is not uncommon,” explains a new report. “Many of these institutional investors did not seek publicity on this decision.” The report emphasizes that many respondents to the survey fear “naming and shaming from NGOs, participants or customers if they go public.”

This suggests that the wave of recent headlines about European divestment from Israeli and Israeli-occupation-linked companies could just be the tip of the iceberg.

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As rockets rain down, Liberman calls for IDF to recapture Gaza

Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman on Wednesday evening said the IDF should reoccupy the Gaza Strip in response to an ongoing, massive rocket bombardment of southern Israel, and said that the Israeli government must defend its citizens even if it jeopardized peace talks with the Palestinians.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did not endorse his foreign minister’s demand, however. Asked at a joint press conference with Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron if he backed the reconquest of the Strip, Netanyahu said that “if there is no quiet in our south, no quiet for the residents of Israel, there will be noise, lots of noise in Gaza.”

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David Cameron says he would oppose boycott of Israel in speech to Knesset

David Cameron has made a passionate appeal to the Israeli parliament for its leaders to recognise the dividend of peace, as he poured praise on the country’s values and vowed that Britain would steadfastly oppose any boycott of Israel.

But Cameron’s differences with Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu were laid bare as the two leaders clashed over settlements on the West Bank, the wisdom of seeking a peace deal with Iran and the willingness of the Palestinian leadership to reach a compromise.

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The people will decide whether to boycott Israel not the government Mr Cameron. Iran is not a problem and the Palestinians may not want yet another compromise.

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Israel ‘intercepts ship carrying dozens of rockets intended for Gaza Strip’

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Israel says it has intercepted a ship carrying dozens of advanced Iranian-supplied rockets intended for guerrillas in the Gaza Strip.

Moshé Yaalon, Israel’s defence minister, claimed the rockets had been supplied by Iran and made in Syria.

Hamas said the announcement was a “silly joke aimed at helping Israel to prolong the blockage of Gaza”.

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This is quite unbelievable, organizations have tried for years to get food aid into Gaza by sea and the Israelis always stop any ships from entering the open prison. This is pure propaganda and yet another attempt to implicate both Syria and Iran.

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20 Belgian Human Rights Organizations Start Campaign to Boycott Settlement Goods

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Twenty Belgian human rights organizations announced a campaign to boycott goods of Israeli settlements in Belgium, and demanded the European Union to take concrete action to put an end to the occupation in Palestine.

The organizations said in a statement on Sunday that the Israeli occupation has not ceased grabbing Palestinian lands, which resulted in displacing the Palestinian residents, destroying their homes, and stealing their agricultural land and their water resources.

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Japan pledges $200 million in aid for Palestinians

Japan has pledged more than $200 million in aid to help the Palestinian Authority, as representatives from 22 nations reiterated their support of the Palestinians’ quest for their own state.

The pledge was announced by Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida at the second Conference on Cooperation among East Asian Countries for Palestinian Development, held in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta on Saturday.

Kishida said the first disbursement of the aid — about $62 million — was expected later this month.

Ministers and high-ranking officials from 22 countries and five international organizations participated in the one-day conference, which was jointly chaired by Indonesia, the Palestinian Authority and Japan.

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Richard Falk’s final report recommends ban on imports of produce from Israeli settlements

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“Through prolonged occupation, with practices and policies which appear to constitute apartheid and segregation, ongoing expansion of settlements, and continual construction of the wall arguably amounting to de facto annexation of parts of the occupied Palestinian territory, the denial by Israel of the right to self-determination of the Palestinian people is evident,” writes Richard Falk, the UN special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories.

In the 22-page final report to the UN Human Rights Council, Falk, who has served six years in the independent post, has said Palestinian rights are being violated by Israel’s prolonged occupation of Palestinian territory and ethnic cleansing of East Jerusalem.

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Who’s afraid of BDS?

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THE MOVEMENT calling for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) to pressure Israel to grant basic rights to Palestinians has suddenly moved from the margins to center stage.

Scarcely a year ago, knowledge that a BDS movement even existed was mostly confined to people who have spent years engaged in solidarity campaigns that were largely shrugged off by the mainstream media and the Israeli political establishment. When activism did take place, it was often in reaction to Israel’s repeated military assaults and acts of repression.

But as 2013 drew to a close, the controversy swirling around a lucrative marketing deal between SodaStream, which produces a home carbonation machine in an illegal West Bank settlement, and Hollywood superstar and Oxfam ambassador Scarlett Johansson captured some headlines for the movement.

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World must stop financing Israeli regime

The entire world must cut financial aid to the Israeli regime and put an end to its racist policies against Palestinians, a political commentator tells Press TV.

“We need to pull the financial rug from underneath Israel the way we did it with South Africa. The financial rug must be pulled. Israel must be made accountable to the international community,” Anna O’Leary said in an interview with Press TV on Thursday.

She added that Israel is receiving USD 11 million a day from the United States, where the powerful Zionist lobby – the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) – is based.

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AIPAC is threatening to sue Code Pink over this video. Which is the best reason that I can think of to post it!

Israel is Killing Palestinian Civilians With Impunity: Amnesty International

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Israeli forces are killing Palestinian civilians in the West Bank — including children — with “callous disregard for human life,” enjoying near impunity for likely war crimes, and should be immediately cut off from arms shipments by the international community, declares a damning report released by Amnesty International on Thursday.

“This is a hugely significant development,” says Mike Coogan of the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation in an interview with Common Dreams. “This report is unequivocal. It clearly points to the perpetrator of crimes — the Israeli military.”

Entitled Trigger-Happy: Israel’s Use of Excessive Force in the West Bank, the 87-page report documents mounting violence and human rights violations due to Israeli use of “unnecessary, arbitrary and brutal force,” as summarized in an Amnesty statement. The study traces the chilling trail of death and injury this leaves behind.

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This Apartheid Week, Read The Report Israel Doesn’t Want You To See

This week has seen the promotion of yet more anti-democratic legislation in Israel. A new law that received final approval by the Knesset gives, for the first time, separate representation to Muslim and Christian Palestinian citizens on a national employment commission. The bill’s sponsor, Likud MK Yariv Levin, was clear about his motivation: “[the Christians are] our natural allies, a counterweight to the Muslims who want to destroy the country from within.” An editorial in Israeli newspaper Haaretz described it as “racist legislation” by “nationalist zealots”.

Meanwhile, an amendment has been proposed to the NGO Bill – again, by a member of Netanyahu’s ruling party – which seeks to ban certain groups from registering with the Israeli Registrar of Non-Profits. Activities targeted by lawmakers include “advocating the boycott, divestment, or sanctioning of Israel or its citizens” and “denying Israel’s existence as a Jewish and democratic state.” In the words of MK Miri Regev: “Israel is not a regular country that can allow itself to lose its identity”.

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My grandmother didn’t die to provide cover for Israelis killing Palestinian grandmothers

Gerald Kaufman MP believes only an international boycott campaign supported by governments will stop Israel from taking the Middle East into yet more wars.

I once led a delegation of 60 parliamentarians from 13 European Parliaments to Gaza. I could no longer do that today because Gaza is practically inaccessible.

The Israelis try to lay the responsibility on the Egyptians, but although the Egyptians’ closing of the tunnels has caused great hardship, it is the Israelis who have imposed the blockade and are the occupying power.

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Published in: on February 27, 2014 at 08:35  Leave a Comment  
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Israel boycott movement is antisemitic, says Binyamin Netanyahu

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Binyamin Netanyahu has launched a swingeing attack on supporters of a boycott of Israel, accusing them of practising “antisemitism in a new garb”, and urged the country’s friends to “expose and outflank” them by emphasising its high-tech achievements and global economic appeal.

Addressing a conference of US Jewish organisations in Jerusalem, the Israeli prime minister said the international boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement was intended to lead to “the end of the Jewish state”.

“Some supporters of the movement see it as a way to put pressure on Israel to end illegal settlements in the territories occupied in the 1967 war; others favour the creation of a single state that would dismantle Israel.

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Published in: on February 19, 2014 at 19:14  Leave a Comment  
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The Alternative is BDS!

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As BDS activists, we are no longer interested in the sterile opposition to normalization generated by the Oslo Accords, but rather in formulating the kind of response that could actually defeat multiple forms of Zionist oppression, i.e. occupation, ethnic cleansing, and apartheid. The moment the entire international community – civil society and governments – decides to act the same way it did against the apartheid system of white South Africa, Israel would succumb to the voice of reason represented by the 2005 BDS call issued by more than 170 civil society organizations and endorsed by almost all influential political forces from right to left of the political spectrum in historic Palestine and the Diaspora.

The urgent question now is how long the world will tolerate blatant constitutional racism, since it is showing a growing disapproval of Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and its settlement policies there?

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Published in: on February 18, 2014 at 19:34  Leave a Comment  
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Israeli Ethnic Cleansing

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It’s longstanding state policy. It’s what former Israeli politician Yigal Allon called maximum land with minimum Arabs.

It’s dispossessing them for Jewish exclusivity. It’s doing it extrajudicially. It’s doing it without compromise.

It’s claiming all land Israel wants belongs exclusively to Jews. Palestinian rights don’t matter. They’re persecuted for their faith, ethnicity and presence.

They’re ethnically cleansed to make way for Jews. It’s happening one bulldozed Palestinian home at a time. Destroying entire communities reflect it.

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Published in: on February 17, 2014 at 17:32  Leave a Comment  
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Checkpoint – Jasiri X

“Checkpoint” is based on the oppression and discrimination Jasiri X witnessed firsthand during his recent trip to Palestine and Israel “Checkpoint” is produced by Agent of Change, and directed by Haute Muslim

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“Significant escalation” in boycott campaign by Israel’s “best friend” Germany

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Omar Barghouti, co-founder of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign, is hailing an “unprecedented” decision by Germany to prevent its funds being diverted to institutions located in Israel’s illegal West Bank colonies.

“The German government is conditioning continued grants to Israeli high-tech companies, as well as the renewal of a scientific cooperation agreement, on the inclusion of a territorial clause stating that Israeli entities located in West Bank settlements or East Jerusalem will not be eligible for funding,”

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Published in: on January 28, 2014 at 18:01  Leave a Comment  
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European pension funds increase Israel boycott pressure

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According to a report in The Financial Times, three major European pension funds with a combined total of almost €500 billion of assets are “reviewing their holdings in Israeli banks over concerns that the banks finance illegal Israeli settlements in Palestinian-occupied territories.”

The three investors are Dutch ABP, the world’s third-largest pension fund, Nordea Investment Management, and DNB Asset Management. In addition, Norwegian pension fund KLP has confirmed it will be examining “dilemmas linked to financing [of Israeli settlements]”.

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