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.
Israeli military planes have hit at a number of sites in Gaza following a rocket attack
Over past ten days, 71 people have been killed in attacks carried out by Assad regime in Syria’s NW Latakia province
Civilians flee ISIL-held city of Raqqa amid fears of imminent attack by PYD terrorist group supported by US air power
Human Rights Watch says Egypt courts have sentenced more than 150 people to prison since May for staging peaceful protests
Russia delays airstrikes in Syria to allow various armed groups to separate from al-Nusra Front
A shock new theory has emerged on the EgyptAir Flight MS804 air disaster claiming it could have been caused by a meteor
B'Tselem group says army investigations are slow, inefficient and rarely lead to convictions
'The discussions have become more sensitive and delicate bringing us closer to a comprehensive agreement,' UN envoy says
Leading human rights group Amnesty International has criticized a dozen European countries for complicity in Egypt’s crackdown on dissent through their arms exports to the African country.
Chief forensic official dismisses reports suggesting that last week’s EgyptAir plane crash might have been caused by explosion
Far-right Israeli opposition lawmaker Avigdor Lieberman has agreed with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on terms for joining the coalition government as its new defense ministe
Foreign Minister Lavrov says 'convinced it would have been possible to more effectively and quickly liberate ISIL-occupied areas if Russian and US militaries started coordinating their actions
Syrian Democratic Forces units start an operation to liberate northern Raqqa province
'The T4 air base was severely damaged by an ISIL artillery attack. In particular, four Russian Mi-24 attack helicopters appear to have been destroyed,' a report says
State Comptroller Yosef Shapira is tasked with overseeing the use of public funds, and investigating allegations of double billing of flights by Netanyahu
The two countries set to conduct another round of talks on organising this year's pilgrimage for Iranians