The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Wednesday, February 12, unexpectedly published a list of more than 100 companies accused of operating in Israeli settlements in the West Bank, writes the Times of Israel.
Most of the 112 companies on the list are Israeli, including all the country’s major banks, state-owned carriers and telecommunications giants Bezeq, HOT and Cellcom – as well as several medium-sized companies. The blacklist also includes 18 international companies such as American Motorola, Airbnb and Trip Advisor, as well as French Alstom and British Greenkote.
The overview is the result of a resolution adopted by the UN Human Rights Council in 2016. The Council, of which countries such as Afghanistan, Qatar and Libya are members, is highly controversial and has for a number of years had a one-sided focus on Israel. More resolutions have been adopted against Israel than any other country in the world combined.
This anti-Israel bias led to the United States choosing to withdraw from the council in 2018. A number of other countries are also reacting to Israel being expelled. Britain says it will vote against all anti-Israel resolutions.
The OHCHR Grand List is a commissioned work of the UN Anti-Israel Council. The list has no legal significance and no direct consequences for the companies mentioned. The goal is to intimidate Israeli and international companies and a step towards complete paralysis of the Israeli economy.
Israeli politicians from across the political spectrum react strongly to the UN blacklist. Foreign Minister Israel Katz describes it as a “shameful capitulation” to countries and organizations that want to harm Israel.
“Another shameful decision by the Human Rights Council, which once again reaffirms the UN’s consistent anti-Semitism and hatred of Israel,” said Minister Gilad Erdan, who is responsible for fighting a boycott of the state of Israel.
Benny Gantz from the center-left Kahol Lavan also slaughters the list.
-This is a dark day for human rights. The UN Human Rights Council has lost all contact with reality, says the opposition leader.
Amir Peretz, who leads a coalition of parties on the left, is also strongly critical of the fact that more than 100 companies have been blacklisted by the UN.
-We are against a boycott, and shameful and unnecessary UN resolutions. We will use any forum to reverse this decision and to maintain a strong Israeli economy and Israeli jobs, says Peretz.
Israel has severed all ties with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, as a result of the anti-Israel blacklist.
How the Israeli organization NGO Monitor comments on the blacklist: