Israeli finance minister expresses boycott fears

July 17, 2014 9:48 am 55 comments Views: 26282

Israeli finance minister expresses boycott fears

Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid warned that the increasing boycott campaigns against Israel will have devastating effects on the economy. Meanwhile, Germany’s largest bank, Deutsche Bank, blacklisted the Israeli Hapoalim bank as an “unethical company” due to its funding of illegal Jewish settlements in the West Bank.

World Bulletin / News Desk

Israel’s Finance Minister Yair Lapid has warned that the world, United States included, is losing sympathy and patience with Israel

Speaking to a group of representatives from American Jewish organizations on Monday, Yesh Atid party chairman Lapid warned that the increasing boycott campaigns against Israel will have devastating effects on the economy.

After a top US acedemics union ASA decided to boycott Israeli academics and educational institutions that operate in and support illegal settlements in the West Bank, Dutch pension giant PGGM and Denmark’s Danske Bank also boycotted Israeli banks for the same reason.

Meanwhile, Germany’s largest bank, Deutsche Bank (DB), has blacklisted the Israeli Hapoalim bank as an “unethical company” due to its funding of illegal Jewish settlements in the West Bank, Israel’s Maariv newspaper reported.

Dutch firm Boskalis Westminister and Italian firm Condote de Agua also withdrew bids to build private seaports in Ashdod and Haifa, fearing political reprecussions for working with Israel.

According to the Israeli Haaretz, they join Spanish companies FCC and Cyes, as well as Germany’s Möbius Bau, who also dropped out of the bidding process months back, citing threats to their business interests in the Middle-East.

Last year, boycotts on products like dates and grapes grown in the occupied Jordan Valley caused a $29 million loss for illegal Jewish settlers in the region. As reported in the Washington Post, income from exports dropped 14%, mainly due to big supermarket chains in Europe deciding to boycott the products.

David Elhayani, head of the Jordan Valley Regional Council, told the Washington Post, “In effect, today, we are almost not selling to the (Western) European market anymore.”

Zvi Avner, head of the agriculture committee in the Jordan Valley, said that sales of peppers and grapes to Western Europe have dropped by about 50% and fresh herbs by up to 40%.

In 2009, the UK gradually started labeling or completely boycotting settler products. Together with Scandinavian countries, the UK has made the 550,000 odd illegal Jewish settlers in the West Bank very nervous.

Marks & Spencer, Morrisons and Waitrose are among many British firms to stop selling settler goods in recent years. Germany’s Kaiser Supermarket has also made a moral decision against selling settler products.

Many feel that a trend is slowly starting to develop in the West against Israel, similar to that which brought down the apartheid regime in South Africa.

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  • R.H.

    It’s about time

    • UN officials are suspected of returning 20 missiles back to Hamasafter the missiles were found at a UN school last week in Gaza.

      Although the UN agency responsible for the school, UNRWA (the United Nations Relief and Works Agency) stated they have “informed the relevant parties and successfully took all necessary measures for the removal of the objects,” a report by Israel’s Channel Two says the agency returned the missiles to Hamas.

      Given the history of UNRWA, the report is credible. Last summer, in an article titled “UN Agency Funds ‘Camp Jihad’ for Palestinian Children”, Clarion Project reported how Palestinian children in summer camps run by UNRWA were being taught that “Jews are the wolf,” and how Palestinians will one day conquer Israeli cities by force. The article featured a short film titled “Camp Jihad,” which shows shocking footage of what the children learned in UNRWA’s summer programs.

  • Muna

    Israel=terrorist State

  • Iqbal Naiyer

    Way to go Europe and Western world. can
    we call on all other governments across the world specially Arabs and Muslims
    countries to meet their legal and moral obligations to hold Israel to
    account. They should implement a binding ban on economic links with
    settlements, impose a military embargo and suspend free trade agreement
    with Israel.” do the Muslim countries have courage to do that what European and western Countries are doing and have done?

    • Laurent Misso

      Yes we have the courage in South East Asia and we have done it but these Middle Eastern Countries…Are just like NATO (No Action Talk Only)

  • SS

    pretty inaccurate info there. Tesco, Morrisons and Waitrose ALL have products labelled WEST BANK – especially medjool dates.

  • A Salman

    good to learn this

  • Adnin

    Alhamdullilah

  • creature

    time will come when the whole world will boycot israel

    • Jake Belsky

      That means all the stuff that Israel invented too, right?

      • KOP786

        whats that then?

      • kropotkin5

        whatever-it is all tainted and the “stuff” you speak of could just have easily have been invented,developed and produced in America or Europe without having to ethnically cleanse a single square metre.
        I have been boycotting israeli produce for more than 40 years (as I boycotted South African produce too) and have brought up my family to do the same-this was easy as they have a strong ethical streak running through them anyway and would have been on my back in a flash if I ever faltered in my stance.
        What israel is doing is WRONG and inhumane,I would have thought that as it is a state comprised of people whose ancestors know more about cruel repression than any other ethnic group that they would be aware of how unjust their actions are but it’s as if they are intoxicated with their power and the apparent impunity with which they can act-they are behaving very much like the nazis of WW2 and the Bosnian Serbs around Szrebrenica.

      • Seaweed

        As for stuff that “Israel” invented, do you include parcel bombs, aircraft highjacking, terrorism, genocide etc etc ?

      • unity100

        Yeah. Like Automated Drones, missiles and shit.

  • T Bennett

    It’s something. It is one of the two longest occupied countries in the world. Brutalities committed from brutal occupation can’t last forever. Israel should just take the 1967 border green line in order to save what chance they have left of a Jewish State.

    • jay

      spot on m8, agreed hows to mind

  • half tilted

    Israel….murdering Palestinians and stealing their land.

    very sad !

    • Jake Belsky

      Do you learn history in school?

      • jay

        indeed he did not like you brain washed from them zionist

      • Rami Tarawneh

        Yes we all learned history. We learned that Palestinians have been in
        this land for last 3500 years. We learned that Nazi Zionist are trying
        to confuse people by speaking about Islam that came 1400 years ago.
        We
        learned that the Nazi Zionist Israelis are not the desendants from the
        orginal Jews that lived a few hundred years in the area.

        So Ya, we know history.

  • bobster1985

    This story gives me hope!

    • jay

      InshaAllah

    • Dowland Jane

      Keep on dreaming.
      Hamas had similar hopes up to a few days ago.

  • Tuvia

    The only way to stop the talk about boycott is to take action by confronting the instigators who are mostly financed by our enemies the Arabs and by some of the anti semitic left.

    1. We must invest funds our defense groups to stop this attacks on Israeli (boycotted ) as soon as possible.

    2. We must also take action and demand the Media to balanced in their reporting. It is not only the Arab media ( Al Jazeera) which is anti Jewish. Unfortunately also the French, British , Russian and even CNN – to lesser degree- that

    are bias reporting against the Jew.. The Media is afraid to criticizes
    Hamas/ Arabs because they will end up dead . In addition, they do not want to lose finical support from the Islamists.

    Unfortunately our naive Government does not demand that the Media to be balanced in their reporting. In addition, our Government prevent NGO , peace now and other anti semitic organization, financed by our enemies, to work against Israel in Israel proper. Their false statements are used as proof that Israel is an Apartheid state ands and propagated many other lies.

    The anti Israeli Media has to required to be balanced . If they do not comply must be EXPELLED from Israel as well taken to court and pressured to tell the truth.

    If we do not stand for ourselves the lies by the Arab controlled Western press information will become an undisputed FACT.

    ( I recommend every caring Jew to writes and question misstatements and lies in the Western press. I do and get very good results by forcing the Media to check their facts and ton down their anti Israeli propaganda. We need more Jews to do the same and thus to stop this hate games. )

    • Samirah Johnstone

      You mean that you are a paid Israeli shill spreading lies and BS. Thanks for admitting it. By the way, most of the Jews I work with, their parents/grandparents actually survived the Holocaust. They hate Israel too. For becoming what they suffered under themselves. Indeed, the mother of one of my best workers said Bibi is even better than Dr. Goebbels at propaganda.

  • UN officials are suspected of returning 20 missiles back to Hamasafter the missiles were found at a UN school last week in Gaza.

    Although the UN agency responsible for the school, UNRWA (the United Nations Relief and Works Agency) stated they have “informed the relevant parties and successfully took all necessary measures for the removal of the objects,” a report by Israel’s Channel Two says the agency returned the missiles to Hamas.

    Given the history of UNRWA, the report is credible. Last summer, in an article titled “UN Agency Funds ‘Camp Jihad’ for Palestinian Children”, Clarion Project reported how Palestinian children in summer camps run by UNRWA were being taught that “Jews are the wolf,” and how Palestinians will one day conquer Israeli cities by force. The article featured a short film titled “Camp Jihad,” which shows shocking footage of what the children learned in UNRWA’s summer programs..

  • Elenora Tazia

    This needs to go on. Israel is the cancer to all nations of the world. Erase Israel, keep boycotting!

    • Jake Belsky

      Are you using a computer or a phone now? Either way, you are using something that an Israeli had a part in inventing so don’t even finish reading this post, shut off your device now.

    • jay

      my type of girl.. keep it up beautiful

    • john norman

      Another raving anti-semite at large. His parents were undoubtedly Nazi concentration camp guards.

  • mark

    And what other choice do we have? Israel is a racist apartheid state and is armed with nuclear weapons. Sanctions should immediately be imposed. Maybe we should build a separation wall around them and not let them import anything or travel anywhere. Close their airports, seaports border crossings. I wonder would they fire rockets at us if we did that?

    • Anis

      It looked they would till now. They are still far away from being branded as pariah particularly by USA. Obama works for them.

  • Jay

    I AlhamdulilAllah as a muslim have Jewish friends who are nothing like theses grim ripper Zionist Israelis,

    • kropotkin5

      so do I-I am atheist though!-,many are as appalled in the same way I am by israel-especially under netanyahu

  • Patonback

    I have carried out my own boycott of Israeli goods for years now. Not because I am anti Israeli, but because of their constant settlement programmes and of course the refusal to free Gaza from being a prison camp. The recent killing of 4 kids playing on a Gaza beach is further proof of the regimes lack of concern regarding civilian casualties. Of course the rocket fire from Hammas is unacceptable, but I listened to an Israeli citizen complaining that he hadn’t slept in two weeks, poor soul. He should live in Gaza. He would then get to know what terror feels like. I only wish the UK would grow a pair and follow Germanys example. It seems the regime take little note of the worlds concerns about Gaza and its inhabitants, but hit them in the pocket and the United States will have to bail them out. And Americans wont like that at all.

    • paul

      it’s people like you that fail to demonstrably and strongly criticize hamas, a terrorist group, that are solely responsible for the wasted lives of palestinians past, present and future.

      Instead of directing your anger and indignation at the Jewish State of Israel and her citizens, you should be directing your outrage and disbelief at the diabolical, deathly and terrorist actions of hamas. if people like you and the international community would demand the dis-arming or removal of hamas, there would be no current situation is Gaza.

      But alas, you and people like you are, as a result of your outright bigotry and stupidity, murderers of Jews. What a disgusting piece of filth you are.

      • Patonback

        You have a problem matey. I suggest you seek the services of a mental health expert and get treatment fast. don’t worry, this is my last post to you. I won’t reply to any others from you. You may thank me for my good advice to you.

        • paul

          people like you that fail to demonstrably and strongly criticize hamas, a terrorist group, that are solely responsible for the wasted lives of palestinians past, present and future.

          Instead of directing your anger and indignation at the Jewish State of Israel and her citizens, you should be directing your outrage and disbelief at the diabolical, deathly and terrorist actions of hamas. if people like you and the international community would demand the dis-arming or removal of hamas, there would be no current situation is Gaza.

          But alas, you and people like you are, as a result of your outright bigotry and stupidity, murderers of Jews. What a disgusting piece of filth you are.

          • johndowdle

            But Israel created Hamas to cause a split in the PLO ranks.
            Now they find Hamas and Fatah forming a unity coalition government and have had to declare war on their own creation.
            Zionists should be careful about getting what they wish for. Assuming, probably unrealistically, that Zionists can even think.

          • paul

            argued the Jew murdering dumb-as-dirt POS

          • johndowdle

            Your response confirms that you have mental health problems, as I suspected from the tone of your earlier submissions.
            Don’t worry: once Israel ceases to exist as a geo-political entity, all your problems will shortly cease thereafter too.

  • Let’s keep the pressure on.

  • johndowdle

    People may now understand why the world supports academic boycotts of Israel.
    The spectacle of Israel colleges collabarating with the Zionists in order to propagate their Goebbelesque hasbara propagandist filth is really disgusting.
    No wonder decent academicians the world over want nothing to do with these phony Israeli hackademics.
    The degrees they issue are only useful when joined together and placed on rolls in public lavatories.

  • Yaron

    All this because of the false claim that the settlements are illegal. But why official Israel continues to conceal their legality

    • Seaweed

      False claim that the settlements are illegal ? Any settlement in the Occupied Territories outside of the pre 1967 borders isn’t a “settlement”. It’s a colonial occupation and has been condemned by the U.N as such. The forced expulsion of the peoples living on that land, pre-1967, is ethnic cleansing. What is now happening in Gaza and the West Bank is genocide. The criminal zionazi scum of Israel, not the population as a whole, will face justice and punishment equal to their crimes. Think Nuremberg… The World is watching, we know who you are and we will never forget. Justice will prevail !!

  • Toni McDermott

    YES it’s working!!! 🙂

  • ngamokai

    what do they offer the rest of the world anyway? I say boycott the country and the people in it, stop them from traveling and cut them off.

  • NikkiC

    about time that someone brings this terrorist state down. Israel stands for terror and genocide.child killers

  • pika

    this great news!!

  • British gentleman

    Donation of millions of pounds arms have to be stopped
    By so called democracy countries

  • timothyprice

    World losing patience with Jewish Nazi Zionists against Palestine.

    From World Conquerors.

    It must be noted that Jewry, as a most disciplined nationalism, obeys orders without fail. Be it Soviet dictatorship or American democracy, Jews everywhere fill positions behind a Gentile front. A Gentile puppet is in the forefront as head of the State, Prime minister, ete., but at his elbow stands a Jew.

    And because more than the sixty per cent of the press of the Western world is in Jewish hands and, according to American statistics, eighty-five per cent of the American press and 100 per cent of American films, this campaign was conducted on a larger scale than any other propaganda operation in the history the world.

    In the future, if there is to be peace in this world, there must be no “chosen people” but free nations with equal rights only. This is the truth! In the end truth must surely prevail.

  • Guest 66

    World is now getting to see the real face of jewish state-racist, nazi regime.Even all american propaganda doesn´t help.

  • whoarethetrueterrorist

    and so it was written.

  • Mekal Faruki

    Israel has a Finance Minister? Makes no sense. Israel survives on welfare from America called “foreign aid” “military aid” and “donations” and welfare from Germany called “reparations” Israel cannot survive without this welfare. Israel has been dependent on welfare for its existence, which it uses to bribe American politicians “campaign contributions” American “aid” to Israel is illegal under Federal law which prohibits establishment of religion “homeland for Jews” “Jewish state” Israel faces a cutoff of aid, boycotts, divestment and sanctions.

  • Angelo Franklin

    the whole world should boycott Israeli goods until the give back the Palestinian lands they stole, under the Geneva convention they are guilty not forgetting what they did in Gaza