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Foreign direct investment in Israel dropped by 50% in 2014 and expert says it’s due to the Gaza war and BDS (Updated)

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Foreign direct investment in Israel dropped by 50% in 2014 according to a 2015 World Investment Report issued yesterday by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.

Newsweek reports: Foreign investment in Israel drops by 50%

Foreign direct investment (FDI) in Israel dropped by almost 50% last year in comparison to the year before as the country continues to feel the effects of last summer’s Gaza conflict, a new UN report has revealed.

The report, published by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), shows that only €5.7bn was invested into the country in 2014 in comparison with €10.5bn in 2013, a decrease of €4.8bn, or 46%. Israel’s FDI in other countries also decreased by 15%, from €4.2bn in in 2013 to €3.5bn last year.

Newsweek cites one of the authors of the report, Dr. Ronny Manos from the Open University of Israel, as speculating the declining investment is fallout from the Israeli military onslaught on Gaza last summer and “international boycotts” against Israel for “alleged violations of international law.”  Ynet adds that, according to Manos, “these are only conjectures that can explain the sharp decline”

As we reported in 2013 investment committees for European banks were considering recommending their institutions bar loans to Israeli companies that have economic links with the Palestinian occupied territories. At the time Haaretz reported the investment committees “submit a report to their clients with recommendations about where to invest − and where not to invest. The process of examining the Israeli companies that operate in West Bank settlements involved the exercise of due diligence.”

From Haaretz:

According to the report that landed on the relevant desks here, a large number of those investment committees considered recommending to the banks to prohibit loans or aid of any kind to Israeli companies that operate in the West Bank − manufacturing there, selling their products, building homes and so forth − and also to Israeli banks that grant mortgages to home builders or buyers across the Green Line

Investment committees do not issue recommendations to boycott or sanction per se. They make prudent investment recommendations and in the case of Israel, a recommendation of this nature functions as a warning to investors that profiting off the occupation, a business could become ensnared in being complicit and held legally responsible for crimes against international law.

Speaking of which, Palestine’s foreign minister Riad Malki visited the Hague today in his official capacity and submitted files to prosecutors at the International Criminal Court (ICC) charging Israeli with war crimes, the crime of apartheid, and other charges.

As an investor, it’s a matter of common sense not attaching your business to a potential minefield of liability.

Update:

Bisan Mitri, Palestinian BDS National Committee secretariat member said: 

Ten years after its launch, the BDS movement is being recognised by one of the authors of a UN report as starting to have major impacts on the Israeli economy.

Israel’s shift to the far-right, its intentional crimes against Palestinians and the BDS movement and rapid changes in public opinion following Israel’s massacre of Palestinians in Gaza last summer mean that Israel is increasingly becoming a less attractive investment destination.

Businesses who associate themselves with Israeli violations of international law such as G4S, Veolia and Orange are facing costly public campaigns and being held to account by the BDS movement. Major banks and investors are divesting from companies that participate in Israel’s crimes.

As Israeli fanatic right-wing ministers have been saying loudly and clearly recently, BDS is a rapidly growing grassroots movement that presents a real challenge to Israeli settler-colonialism and apartheid.

Recent economic BDS developments include:

The BNC is the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC), the broad coalition of Palestinian civil society organisations that works to support the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement. 

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“As an investor, it’s merely a matter of common sense not attaching your business to a potential minefield of liability.” And yet, it doesn’t seem to have stopped major companies like Apple and Intel from investing. In reality, almost every indicator is positive. There is a global slowdown and there are multiple conflict going on; FDI around the world dropped 16%, and Israel was coming off historic highs to begin it. Israel is considered a… Read more »

Only the tip of the iceberg. The world is slowly waking up.

Even in Germany, a country where any negative mention of Israel by formal institutions and most of the mainstream ones is considered taboo, a new report shows that the vast majority of Germans have a very poor opinion about the Israeli government. With only 19 percent of all Germans having a favorable view of the Israeli government.

https://www.bertelsmann-stiftung.de/fileadmin/files/BSt/Publikationen/GrauePublikationen/Studie_LW_Germany_and_Israel_today_2015.pdf

I have to wonder if Adelson and co got an advance warning of this just last week and put together that rushed meeting to fight BDS.

It is great to know that something is getting their gander up.A 50% drop in direct FI is very significant but watch for the usual suspects making like it,s no big deal.

The number 1 disease amongst Zionists must be self delusion and denial.

http://unctad.org/sections/dite_dir/docs/wir2015/wir15_fs_il_en.pdf Here is a timeline chart of foreign investment in Israel: 9 637 9 095 8 055 11 804 6 432 2005-07 2011 2012 2013 2014 The decline this year doesn’t really indicate anything. Assuming the decline owes to the Gaza war, it is ludicrous to think that foreign investment in Israel dropped so much. Let’s do the math: suppose Israel got “x” dollars of foreign investment last year, and is expected to get “x”… Read more »

Hasbara Central must be truly worried about these economic statistics. Two hasbarists have already rushed to this thread to insist that Israel continues to thrive.

If there is no problem, why are they here?