Prince Zeid bin Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights [Image Source: Facebook]
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Prince Zeid bin Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein, plans to publish by the end of the year a blacklist of international companies doing business in Judea, Samaria and the Golan Heights, The Washington Post reported on Monday. The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) voted to approve the database of companies last year, over objections from the United States and Israel, which describe the list as a prelude to anti-Israel boycotts.
In preparation for the release of the database, the commissioner has submitted a draft of the list to the countries these companies are based in and asked for their their responses by September 1. According to The Washington Post, there are several American companies on the list—including Caterpillar, TripAdvisor, Priceline and Airbnb—and the Trump administration is reportedly putting pressure on the UN not to release it.
“The United States has been adamantly opposed to this resolution from the start” and has fought against it before several U.N. bodies, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said. “These types of resolutions are counterproductive and do nothing to advance Israeli-Palestinian issues.” The United States joined Israel in unsuccessfully opposing U.N. funding for work related to the database, Nauert said.
Israel’s Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon called the list “an embarrassing move,” as well as “an expression of modern anti-Semitism reminiscent of dark periods in history.” He went on to accuse the UN commissioner for human rights of becoming “the BDS Movement’s most active member worldwide” who made it his goal “to harm the State of Israel instead of doing his job.” Danon called on the international community and the UN “to immediately stop this dangerous move.”
During a UN Human Hights Council in June, US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley slammed plans to compile such a database, calling it “shameful. “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 international trade and to any reasonable definition of human rights. It is an attempt to provide an international stamp of approval to the anti-Semitic BDS movement. It must be rejected,” Haley said.
In June, regarding the UNHRC Haley said, “It’s hard to accept that this council has never considered a resolution on Venezuela, and yet it adopted five biased resolutions in March against a single country, Israel,” Haley said in her remarks before the council. “It is essential that this council address its chronic anti-Israel bias if it is to have any credibility… The council must also stop singling out Israel for criticism.”
The UN has more recently come out against Israel on several fronts. In addition to the recent news regarding the UNHRC, in July, the UN’s world heritage body (UNESCO) recognized the old city of Hebron as “a Palestinian world heritage site in danger” and, in a separate resolution, condemned Israeli “actions” in Jerusalem and rejected Israel’s sovereignty over the city.
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