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UN Issues Blacklist of Companies Doing Business With Jewish Communities in Israel’s Judea and Samaria Region

UN Issues Blacklist of Companies Doing Business With Jewish Communities in Israel’s Judea and Samaria Region

Prime Minister Netanyahu: “Those who boycott us will be boycotted themselves.”

The UN Human Rights Council has issued a blacklist of over a hundred companies doing business in Israel’s Judea and Samaria region (also referred to as the West Bank).

The database published on Wednesday comprises mostly of Israeli firms, but also includes big international names such as Airbnb, Expedia, TripAdvisor, and Motorola.

The blacklist has been in the making since March 2016, when the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) opened an “investigation” into Israeli control of Judea, Samaria, and East Jerusalem. Israel took control of these areas when it pushed back Jordan in the defensive war of 1967. The March 2016 motion was followed by the UN Security Council Resolution 2334 in December of that year. The Security Council Resolution declared that the Israeli presence in the region had “no legal validity” and was a “flagrant violation of International Law.” The Obama administration gave tacit approval to the anti-Israel resolution by abstaining from the vote.

The blacklist will be tabled at the next session of the UN Human Rights Council later this month, paving the way for member states to take action against the companies, the UN body said in a statement on Wednesday. Israeli officials fear people may use the list to intimidate and harass businesses.

The Israel newspaper Haaretz reported the UN Human Rights Council decision to blacklist businesses:

The UN human rights office released Wednesday the long-anticipated report, which names companies with ties to Israeli West Bank settlements.

OHCHR [Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights] said it has reasonable grounds to believe that 112 business entities [For full list see below] have ties to Israeli settlements in the West Bank, 94 based in Israel, and 18 in six other countries.

In 2019 the publication of a UN database of companies with business ties to Israeli settlements in the West Bank was delayed, drawing the ire of activists who campaigned for three years.

The issue has been highly sensitive as companies appearing in such a database could be targeted for boycotts or divestment aimed at stepping up pressure on Israel over its West Bank settlements, which most countries and the United Nations view as illegal. Goods produced there include fruit, vegetables and wine.

Israeli politicians across the political divide condemned the move. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was defiant in the face of the UN measure, declaring, “Those who boycott us will be boycotted themselves.”

“I am proud to give these businesses a platform,” Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin responded. “I am proud that these are Israeli businesses, patriots who contribute to Israeli society, to economy and to peace.”

Prime Minister Netanyahu’s main rival and Blue and White Party leader, Benny Gantz, called it “a dark day for human rights.”

The Times of Israel news website reported Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz’s response:

Foreign Minister Israel Katz rips the UN Human Rights Council for publishing a “black list” of companies operating in West Bank settlements.

In a statement, Katz calls the list “a shameful surrender to the pressures of countries and organizations” that he says want to harm Israel.

“The decision of the commissioner [Michelle Bachelet] to continue with the anti-Israel line of the Human Rights Council is a stain on the office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights,” Katz says.

“The commissioner failed to maintain the honor of the UN… this decision will have consequences for our relations with the council and the commissioner,” he adds.

How the UN compiled the list is not without controversy. Anti-Israel groups such as Human Rights Watch, a pro-BDS organization, and other terror-linked NGOs have played a vital part in creating the hit-list.

As Professor William A. Jacobson noted in his post shortly after the UN Security Council vote: “Anti-Israel ‘human rights’ groups like Human Rights Watch are eagerly helping compile the blacklist.”

“This list was made in conjunction with pro-BDS and PFLP-linked NGOs,” said Anne Herzberg of the watchdog NGO Monitor. “Working at the behest of the notorious UN Human Rights Council, the UN Office for the High Commissioner for Human Rights has officially decided to endorse antisemitic BDS by issuing a defamatory list of companies it claims are supposedly involved in “settlement activity.”

“These companies have done nothing wrong and many are involved in providing goods and services to Palestinians pursuant to the Oslo Accords,” Herzberg added.

[Cover image Barkan, Samaria, Israel 2015, Photo credit: William Jacobson]]


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notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | February 12, 2020 at 4:04 pm

How much longer before we get rid of this Terrorist Organization calling itself the U.N.?

However, it is nice of them to give us a list of companies that we can support because those companies are supporting freedom and Israel.

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | February 12, 2020 at 4:05 pm


How RACIST of the U.N. – Black List included too!

Get the US out of the UN and the UN out of the US! It is a completely anti-Semitic anti-Israel organization. Why do my tax dollars support it?

Iran just won the war against the world: the senate just passed a reolution limiting military power of PDJT against Iranm

What assholes.

PDJT must sanction the un.

Starve them.

UNthinkable that we should leave the UN, and they can move to some other country, maybe Iran or Afghanistan? Or even China since they want to be a world player.

US out of the UN and vice versa! NOW!

    Paul In Sweden in reply to tz. | February 12, 2020 at 5:06 pm

    The United Nations should relocate to Gaza. Let the diplomats & globalist bureaucrats live & work among the terrorists they champion.

      JusticeDelivered in reply to Paul In Sweden. | February 12, 2020 at 8:39 pm

      Relocation to Gaza would be fine, after all the currant Arab squatters have been driven out.

        Paul In Sweden in reply to JusticeDelivered. | February 13, 2020 at 2:05 am

        JusticeDelivered, You have been misinformed.

        “Our people will never surrender and will never raise the white flag before the liberation of every inch from the historic land of Palestine.”

        Badran, who lives in exile, arrived in the Gaza Strip on Thursday as part of an international Hamas delegation to discuss internal Palestinian reconciliation and a potential truce between Israel and resistance factions.

        –Hamas: ‘We will break the siege once and for all’ – Middle East Monitor
        -RETRIEVED-Thu Feb 13 2020 08:02:36 GMT+0100 (Central European Standard Time)

JusticeDelivered | February 12, 2020 at 5:01 pm

“The U.S. government contributed more than $10 billion to the United Nations in 2017, the most recent fiscal year with full data available. About $7 billion of this total was voluntary and $3.5 billion was assessed.Apr 2, 2019”

Surely, we have better uses for $10.5 billion?

The notion that Israel’s presence in the disputed (as a legal matter that is their status; they are not occupied) territories has no legal basis is a flat out lie.

The Ottoman Empire is the last legal claimant to that land and they ceded it to the League of Nations after their defeat in WWI. The League of Nations assigned the territory to Britain to administer it as a part of their mandate. There has never been a country called Palestine; never. In fact their is no such thing as a Palestinian Arab people.

Based on the British Mandate assigned by the League of Nations (as one of its first acts the UN recognized the validity of all those former League of Nations mandates, not just that particular British one) Israel is the only nation that has a legal claim to that land.

    stablesort in reply to Arminius. | February 12, 2020 at 7:52 pm

    …and the largest piece carved out of that mandate was granted to the Arabs and named Jordan. The ‘Palestinians’ were forbidden entry into Jordan and forced to spend their lives living in refugee camps where they denigrated the tiny little slice of the mandate known as Israel.

      healthguyfsu in reply to stablesort. | February 13, 2020 at 12:10 am

      And their Jordanian exile is Jordan’s human rights problem, not Israel’s

      But Israel is better than Jordan, hence the wailing and gnashing of teeth.

I just shared a bottle of Domaine du Castel Gran Vin 2015. OMG it was SOOOOO good!

This is despicable.

The useful-idiot Leftist-dhimmis’ obsession with labeling as “occupied” or “disputed,” land that Israel won in a defensive response to sneak attack Arab Muslim wars of aggression, represents the most contemptible moral bankruptcy and rank stupidity.

Never in human history have military aggressors who lost wars that they initiated, been subsequently rewarded by the winning party, with territory lost because of the former’s belligerence.

JusticeDelivered | February 12, 2020 at 8:17 pm

Israel should take a hard line and start driving arab squatters out. Cleans the territory. Muslims have practiced this all over the world, they have it coming.

    Not possible. The courts won’t allow it. Neither will the army lawyers.

      Edward in reply to Milhouse. | February 13, 2020 at 10:58 am

      Sadly you are correct. The Israeli legal and judicial system is as far Left as it generally is possible to be in Israel, which is not a country on the political “Right” to start.

    broomhandle in reply to JusticeDelivered. | February 12, 2020 at 10:33 pm

    Absolutely right. Most Arabs mistaken for Philistines are from other Arab countries and should be allowed to go back home and be compensated by their own people who disowned and then used them as human weapons against Israel. Most of Arab countries are empty space anyhow.

      notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to broomhandle. | February 13, 2020 at 2:49 pm

      True, they are not a “race” and they are not a nation. Never ever have been.

      Palestine as a name for the place was just the Roman Empire’s way of rubbing the Jewish Nations face into it.

      JusticeDelivered in reply to broomhandle. | February 13, 2020 at 7:02 pm

      “Most of Arab countries are empty space anyhow.”

      As are most Arab minds.

It is time to Boycott the UN in Israel. If you have a shop, gas station, Market or service that is on the UN blacklist, cancel all UN contracts and deny service to UN employees. If you rent an apartment to a UN employee in Jerusalem, evict them and don’t rent to UN employees. Advertise that you will not deal with the UN or it’s employees. Make life for them a living hell. Be creative.

    Geologist in reply to jerusalemcats. | February 12, 2020 at 9:38 pm

    Heck, in approx. 1970, we stopped collecting money for UNICEF because it was publicized that the UN was giving the donations to the “refuge camps” that were teaching anti-Semitic creeds. You may recall that American kids had been collecting money for UNICEF every year at Halloween.

    I’ve pretty much boycotted the UN ever since then.

      gourdhead in reply to Geologist. | February 13, 2020 at 10:17 am

      And a few years earlier UNICEF was caught giving their ‘trick or treat for UNICEF’ money to Fidel Castro. Phuck the UN and all it’s affiliated parts. Get us out now. Kick their ass out of our country.

      J Motes in reply to Geologist. | February 13, 2020 at 2:38 pm

      Remember G. Edward Griffin’s 2010 book “The Creature from Jekyll Island: A Second Look at the Federal Reserve”? Very popular amongst readers on the right. Back in 1964, Griffin published a similar expose about the United Nations in a book entitled “The Fearful Master: A Second Look at the United Nations.”

      I read this book in the 1960s (when I was in high school) and several times since. Consequently, I have NEVER supported the United Nations. In recent decades, we have seen public outrage about UN financial fraud, rape gangs, and other abuses. Most people (normal people) seemed shocked to learn that the UN is not the benign force for good that they had long assumed. Me? I was not surprised in the least, having read Griffin’s book detailing shocking atrocities, crimes, and other irregularities (“irregularities”) committed by the UN from its founding and throughout its actual operations. Griffin’s 1964 book can still be purchased online — I recommend it highly, as its lessons are still relevant.

      Several of the comments above repeat the saying “Get the US out of the UN and the UN out of the US!” Do you know who first said that and when? Wikipedia tells us (sorry for using that source, but it was easier to copy their succinct statement than to write one from scratch out of my own memory):

      “Opposition to the United Nations and its predecessor, the League of Nations, has existed from the time of formation. The John Birch Society, an anti-communist group founded in 1958, was opposed to US involvement from the society’s beginning. From an early date they had bumper stickers with the slogan “Get the U.S. out of the U.N. and the U.N. out of the U.S.!” Another withdrawal advocate at the time was the National Review, which once editorialized that the UN should be “liquidated”.

      I have omitted the citations, but you can easily find them at:

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | February 13, 2020 at 2:42 pm


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