World Bulletin / News Desk
European firms are continuing to boycott Israel after it was reported that Dutch pension fund ABP plans to follow fellow pension fund PGGM’s lead in cutting off ties to Israeli banks.
Nordea Investment Management and DNB Asset Management are also reconsidering their relationship with the Zionist state along with Norwegian pension fund KLP, according to the Financial Times.
PGGM two weeks ago decided to withdraw from five major Israel banks in protest at Israel’s ongoing construction of Jewish settlements in occupied West Bank territories, which is illegal under international law.
A US union of academics began the trend by boycotting Israeli educational institutions in late 2013. Israel now fears that the trend may continue to develop and spread across Europe, led primarily by firms in the UK and Scandinavian countries.
Illegal Jewish settlers in the West Bank have already noted a significant drop in income from exports for 2013.
According to the UN, up to 20,000 people have gathered at the Bab al-Salam crossing.
No likelihood of peace with emboldened Assad, says State Dept.
'I won't talk for the sake of talking, it's not acceptable. We negotiate in order to find an agreement,' UN Syria envoy says
Ministers sign pact after Tokyo lifts sanctions following Tehran’s implementation of measures promised under nuclear deal
Tens of thousands of civilians are reported to have joined the exodus after fierce fighting by advancing regime forces who severed the opposition's main supply route into Syria's second city
Ahmad Saiful Islam, Hassan al-Banna's son, passed away in Cairo aged 82
Heavy Russian air raids over the past two days have helped regime fighters to make fresh gains in southern Syria
Israel will continue to keep its focus on Iran irrespective of any nuclear deal for fear of any possible conflict.
'What we have seen is that the intense Russian air strikes mainly targeting opposition groups in Syria are undermining the efforts to find a political solution,' NATO chief says
The Syrian war and its effect on Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt 'have cost close to an estimated $35 billion in output,' according to the World Bank
World leaders promise billions to fund humanitarian aid, education and jobs for refugees fleeing Syrian civil war
Defense chief says will discuss with Saudi counterpart in Brussels next week after Saudi army expresses willingness to deploy troops to fight Daesh
'From the beginning of the crisis in Syria, we maintained that a political resolution through intra-Syrian talks is the only way out,' FM Zarif says
High Negotiations Committee says 'balance needs to change' ahead of fresh Syrian peace talks
A monitor group reports that nearly 40,000 people have fled Syrian regime army's advance in the northern province
The Syrian regime has advanced north -the villages of Nubul and Zahra are located in the middle of opposition territory and have been blockaded by rebel groups for about three years.