United States opposes United Nations 'blacklist' of companies that do business in Israeli settlements

Remigio Civitarese
Agosto 22, 2017

"Ha! Those who write out evil writs And compose iniquitous documents".

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert stated recently that the United States has been adamantly opposed to a UN plan to publish a blacklist of companies that do business with Israeli settlements in Judea and Samaria. The Trump administration, on behalf of Israel, is pushing back against the move, urging the United Nations not to release the list. The list was prepared by the UN Human Rights Council and is scheduled to be published at the end of the year.

United States companies who appear on the list include Caterpillar, TripAdvisor, Priceline.com, Airbnb, and others, according to the Washington Post, which cited sources familiar with it.

Jordan's Zaid Ra'ad al Hussein, the United Nations high commissioner for human rights, said that he agreed to postpone the publication of the list over this past year due to American pressure. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that it would aid the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

In December 2016, the Palestinian Authority called on the U.S.to support a resolution condemning Israeli "settlements" and urging companies not to do business with Israelis living in Judea and Samaria.

Nauert said a joint US-Israel effort to stop funding for work related to the database had been unsuccessful.

"We have made clear our opposition regarding the creation of a database of businesses operating in Israeli settlements in the occupied territories, and we have not participated and will not participate in its creation or contribute to its content", she said.

"Blacklisting companies without even looking at their employment practices or their contributions to local empowerment, but rather based entirely on their location in areas of conflict is contrary to the laws of worldwide trade and to any reasonable definition of human rights", she said in a speech in Geneva. "It must be rejected".

Israel's ambassador to the UN Danny Danon slammed the UNHRC, saying that publishing such a list is essentially "an expression of modern antisemitism" and a reminder of dark periods in history.

Haley went on to warn at the time that the USA could withdraw from the 47-member body unless it reformed, ending its built-in procedural mechanism to condemn Israel, and banning notorious human rights violators from serving on the council.

"President Obama advanced the agenda of anti-Israel radicals in subverting US law that rejects the malicious anti-Israel boycott movement", Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said.

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