An overwhelming majority of Palestinians condemn USA and Israel's plan

Clay Curtis
February 16, 2020

The United Nations human rights office has actually launched a report on business it stated have business ties to restricted Israeli settlements in the inhabited West Bank, a long-delayed relocation likely to draw the ire of Israel and its main ally, the United States.

Her office specified the report "does not supply a legal characterisation of the activities in concern, or of company enterprises' involvement in them".

Other businesses listed for inclusion in a database included travel firms and a steel producer.

The rights expert urged UN Member States to implement laws banning the import of goods produced in illegal settlements located in any occupied territory.

Later on Wednesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the Geneva-based UN Human Rights council was a "biased and uninfluential body".

"We will pursue the companies listed in the report legally through worldwide legal institutions and through the courts in their countries for their role in violating human rights", he said.

"Instead of dealing with human rights, this body is trying to blacken Israel's name".

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"While this list does not include all the companies profiting from Israel's illegal colonial-settlement enterprise in occupied Palestine, it's a crucial first step to restore hope in multilateralism and worldwide law", he said in a statement. "We turn down any such attempt in the strongest terms and with disgust", he stated. The PA's foreign minister speaks of "the victory of global rights and diplomatic efforts to drain the resources of the colonial system" which is represented by "illegal settlements in the Palestinian territories".

Israeli has constructed dozens of roads and bypass roads for Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank.

The blacklist "should put all companies on notice: to do business with illegal settlements is to aid in the commission of war crimes", said HRW's Deputy Executive Director for Advocacy Bruno Stagno.

"A database of 112 businesses connected to Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory has been hailed by a United Nations human rights expert as" an important initial step towards accountability and the end to impunity".

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday said he is "outraged" by the U.N.'s publication of a list of companies accused of violating Palestinian human rights by operating in Israel's West Bank settlements.

Netanyahu showed up last month at a White House occasion where President Donald Trump provided a tranquility strategy that recommended developing a Palestinian state however deviated from a 2002 Saudi effort.

He added Palestinians would also "require payment" for what he called "their use of our occupied land unlawfully".

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