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UN year of solidarity with the Palestinian people begins with boycott success

Just three weeks into 2014, a major Dutch pension fund has divested from 5 Israeli banks, a high profile Norwegian singer has cancelled a performance in Israel, an Italian municipality has joined the campaign against Pizzarotti over its role in the construction of an illegal Israeli railway and settlement infrastructure provider Veolia has lost out on a $4.5bn contract. Also, if you haven't seen it yet, take a read of our round up of BDS successes from 2013.

Join Israeli Apartheid Week 2014

Israeli Apartheid Week is an annual series of events and actions aimed at raising awareness of Israel's apartheid system and building support for the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign. Groups in more than 150 cities participated last year. Visit the website to find out when Israeli Apartheid Week is taking place in your country and for ideas on how to participate.

Major Dutch pension fund divests from 5 Israeli banks

Dutch pension fund PGGM announced it had withdrawn tens of millions of Euros worth of investments from five Israeli banks due to their participation in Israel's illegal Israeli settlements. Media reports now suggest that other European banks are considering similar steps.

The move by PGGM followed an announcement by Dutch water company Vitens that it is terminating its relationship with Israeli water company Mekorot due to its complicity in the theft of Palestinian water.

Veolia loses out on $4bn Boston contract

French multinational Veolia, widely condmened by human rights organisations for its role in providing infrastructure equipment to illegal Israeli settlements, has lost out on a major contract in Boston after a campaign by local BDS activists.

UK government warns businesses about illegal Israeli settlement enterprise

 
The UK government has published guidance warning businesses about the problems and risks associated with doing business with illegal Israeli settlements. The move follows Dutch government advice warning businesses to avoid economic ties with settlements.