Israel, U.S. Hide Names of Firms Supporting Israeli Settlements

By Majorie Cohn and cross-posted from Truth Out

In December 2016 the United Nations Security Council passed a resolution reaffirming that Israel’s Jewish settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) are illegal and calling on Israel to stop settlement activities in the OPT. Resolution 2334 says the settlements have “no legal validity,” calls them “a flagrant violation under international law,” and demands Israel “immediately and completely cease all settlement activities.”

Nine months earlier, the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), in Resolution 31/36, had ordered the Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights to “produce a database of all business enterprises” that “directly and indirectly, enabled, facilitated and profited from the construction and growth of the settlements.”

The database was scheduled for release in December 2017. Meanwhile, the Israeli and US governments have been trying to prevent that list — which reportedly includes at least 150 local and international companies — from becoming public. “We will do everything we can to ensure that this list does not see the light of day,” Israel’s UN ambassador Danny Danon told The Associated Press. US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said, “We just view that type of blacklist as counterproductive.”

The UNHRC has reportedly delayed the release of the list until “early next year.”

“[Israeli] officials say they are taking the so-called ‘blacklist’ seriously, fearing its publication could have devastating consequences by driving companies away, deterring others from coming and prompting investors to dump shares of Israeli firms,” AP reported.

An Israeli official told The Washington Post that the companies include Israeli banks, security firms, supermarkets, restaurant chains, bus lines, and multinational corporations that provide services and equipment to build and maintain the settlements

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One thought on “Israel, U.S. Hide Names of Firms Supporting Israeli Settlements

  1. 2500 years of living under the threat of death by any means possible. Hate, murder and the list goes on and on.
    Israel has two essential skills… survival and prosperity. After 2500 years and counting, someone or something is providing a guiding hand and or protection to the Jews.
    Planet earth has a even longer history of extinction of human societies. All successful, re North and South America.
    If the Jews have survived this long they will continue to endure…. “what ever it takes.”
    Funny how love always defeats hate.

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