Thursday, 27 February, 2020

United Nations blacklists 112 companies with ties to illegal Israel West Bank settlements

UN releases long-delayed list of companies operating in Israel's West Bank settlements Airbnb on UN list of companies tied to illegal Israeli settlements
Travis Berry | 14 February, 2020, 00:23

The United Nations human rights office has released a list of more than 100 companies linked to the Jewish-only settlements in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, which are illegal under worldwide law.

In a statement, Pompeo said the list supports a Palestinian-led boycott movement and "delegitimizes" Israel.

Any further steps will be a matter for Human Rights Council member states.

The long-delayed document, which names 112 companies operating in the West Bank and Golan Heights, was released by the watchdog on Wednesday.

The UN has released a list of 112 companies with activities in Israeli settlements, which are considered illegal under worldwide law, including Airbnb, Expedia and TripAdvisor.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has acknowledged the list's publication would be controversial.

"We strongly condemn the issuing of a blacklist by the United Nations Human Rights Council that could be used for discriminatory action against Israel", said AIPAC in a statement.

But she added that the findings had been subject to an "extensive and meticulous review process" and the report "reflects the serious consideration that has been given to this unprecedented and highly complex mandate".

Human Rights Watch applauded the report, calling on the rights council - the UN's top human rights body - to update it regularly to help companies comply with global law.

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"We call upon all United Nations member-states to join us in rejecting this effort, which facilitates the discriminatory boycott, divestment and sanction (BDS) campaign and delegitimizes Israel", he continued.

President Donald Trump, however, has taken a more lenient position, tolerating continued Israeli settlement construction and releasing a Mideast plan last month that envisions giving Israel permanent control over all of its settlements. Israel occupied the West Bank during the Sixth-Day War in 1967.

But Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said it was "the best plan that exists for the Middle East. and for the State of Israel and for the Palestinians, too".

The rights council, which is made up of 47 governments, had never before requested such a list scrutinizing corporate activities.

Human rights groups also broadly welcomed the report. The report said its authors had communicated directly with the companies to allow them to defend themselves or say whether they had changed their operations in the settlements.

Human Rights Watch's deputy advocacy chief Bruno Stagno celebrated the publication of the database.

"The long awaited release of the United Nations settlement business database should put all companies on notice: to do business with illegal settlements is to aid in the commission of war crimes", said Bruno Stagno, HRW's deputy executive director for advocacy.

Israel says the movement seeks the country's destruction and accuses it of anti-Semitism - a charge that BDS leaders vociferously reject.

According to a press release, the OHCHR found "112 business entities which the UN Human Rights Office, on the basis of the information it has gathered, has reasonable grounds to conclude have been involved in one or more of the specific activities referenced in Human Rights Council resolution 31/36 ["Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and in the occupied Syrian Golan"]". "These companies must be held to account, including through strategic boycotts and divestment campaigns", it said. Associated Press writer Dee-Ann Durbin in Detroit contributed.

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