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Israel Summons Dutch Ambassador over Divestments in his Country

By: JTA

For the second time in less than a month, Israel demanded clarifications from the Netherlands on Dutch firms’ divestment from Israel.

On Friday, Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned the Dutch ambassador to Israel, Caspar Veldkamp, to provide clarifications on the decision of PGGM, a large pensions administrator, to divest from five Israeli banks because of their activities in West Bank settlements.

During the meeting between Veldkamp and Raphael Schutz, the ministry’s deputy director general on European affairs, Schutz told the ambassador that PGGM’s decision is “unacceptable and relies on false pretense,” according to a statement by the ministry.

Israel expected the Netherlands “in the spirit of friendship between our countries, to take an unequivocal stance against such steps, which only wreak damage to the relations,” the statement read.

On Dec. 12, the ministry summoned Kamp to a meeting after a decision by the Dutch water company Vitens to pull the plug on joint projects with Mekorot, Israel’s national water company, because of its operations in what the Netherlands considers occupied territory.

On Thursday, Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans said that while the Netherlands is opposed to a boycott of Israel, its policy is to discourage Dutch businesses from conducting business with Israeli settlements.

Kees van der Staaij, a pro-Israel lawmaker, said he would seek clarifications from the minister on what van der Staaij termed “a boycott atmosphere.”

On its website, the Hague-based Center for Information and Documentation on Israel, one of the country’s main pro-Israel groups, said that the “unclear policy of discouragement is threatening to turn into a boycott of Israel.”

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5 Responses to “Israel Summons Dutch Ambassador over Divestments in his Country”

  1. do not forget that the "PHILLIPS" industries was the first to boicott Israel in 1951 as results to benefit the "DUTCH SHELL" Oil company. It seems to them that the oil has more value than the jewish blood. Isn´t it shameful?

  2. Europe has 'sold her soul' to the muslims just as she did to Hitler in the late 1930's…easy to forget the 'jackboots' overrunning your tiny, helpless country…and who of you is not 'dying' to forget the Diary of Ann Frank???

  3. It is a sad day for Holland when they are blinded by theories who are not all together accurate plus overlooks the past cooperation between both countries – Soon A muslim flag will be flying in Amsterdan but Israel will always tend a helping hand to the DUTCH

  4. Yechiel Baum says:

    Possible the Nazi underground surfaced?
    Israel should apply a price surcharge to all countries purchasing Israeli high tech products and gas AND RESTICT DUTCH FLIGHTS DO AND FROM ISRAEL

  5. problem is the muslims will soon be outnumbering the Dutch people as they have put out for the muslims to conform to the Dutch ways, or leave as their own citizens are feeling alienated in their own country.

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