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(Israel) summons Dutch ambassador over divestment
(Israel) summons Dutch ambassador over divestment
The company logo sits on the gate of the head office of PGGM, in Zeist, Netherlands, Jan. 8, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Peter Dejong
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Gaza, ALRAY - (Israel) summoned the Dutch ambassador after PGGM of the Netherlands, one of the world's largest pension asset managers, divested from Israeli banks over their financing of settlements, AP reported.

Israeli foreign ministry said in a statement Friday that it had asked Ambassador Caspar Veldkamp for a "clarification."

A ministry official said to Veldkamp that the decisions being made to boycott Israel are not acceptable and are based on "false claims." He said he expected the Dutch government to express an unequivocal stance against any boycotts.

"As of today, Israel is in an unstable and delicate political place than what it was in 1948," a high-ranking Israeli official told Ynet. "Netanyahu's actions are bringing upon us sanctions and boycotts."

“Netanyahu himself is also quite troubled with these issues and continues to address them. Just recently he worked fiercely to prevent the removal of Israel from the prestigious Horizon 2020 project,” according to Ynet.

On Wednesday, PGGM said it divested from five Israeli banks because they are involved in financing construction in colonial Jewish settlements.

Some 550,000 Israelis now live in settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, areas occupied by Israel from Jordan in the 1967 Mideast war, and which the Palestinian negotiators demand for a future state.

Israeli finance minister Yair Lapid lately warned about the serious impact of growing boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaigns against Israel.

“The world seems to be losing patience with us,” Lapid told Ynet on 10 January.

In mid-December, the full membership of the American Studies Association (ASA) with its 5,000 members has voted by a two-to-one margin to endorse an academic boycott of Israel, The Electronic Intifada reported.

The vote was seen as an historic milestone in the Palestinian campaign for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS), particularly in the United States, where university administrations have forcefully opposed student and faculty initiatives of this kind.