UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein speaking at the opening of the 28th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council. [Photo Source: United States Mission Geneva]
This past Wednesday, the United Nations “Human Rights” Council (UNHRC) released a statement regarding its most recent report on the status of their database – the blacklist – of companies doing business in Judea, Samaria and the Golan Heights regions of Israel. When we first wrote about the infamous blacklist that the UNHRC was looking to publish this past year, initial reports were that the council was planning on publishing the anti-Israel blacklist by the end of last year. Thankfully, plans made by the UNHRC to yet again single out Israel for “human rights violations” was stalled.
When I looked at the actual report, I was a bit astonished to read that the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights makes the accusation that Israelis living in and building the communities in Judea, Samaria and the Golan Heights somehow violates the human rights of Arabs that live nearby. What nonsense!
In the typical fashion of UN reports and resolutions, the latest report on Israel makes no mention of the frequent Arab terror visited upon Israel and its citizens and there is no mention or expectation of the Arab community to take responsibility for the terrorism and the terrorists that are encouraged by their leadership. You can read the report here. It truly is amazing how the UN will take any opportunity at their disposal – rational or not – to condemn the State of Israel.
The following is a statement taken from the UNHRC website:
“The High Commissioner acknowledges with appreciation the extension granted by the Human Rights Council for OHCHR to implement the mandate under resolution 31/36. Recognizing that this was the first time OHCHR has been tasked with such a mandate, the High Commissioner is satisfied that significant progress has been made. However, while the dialogue with concerned business enterprises is continuing, the work remains ongoing. For the High Commissioner to update the database as required by resolution 31/36, more resources are required.
To date, given the limited resources available, the Office has contacted 64 of these companies, informing them of the listed activities that they appeared to be engaged in. The Office is considering the responses received to date and continues to work on making determinations regarding those companies’ involvement in the listed activities. Once it has been in touch with all 206 companies, and subject to its determinations, the Office expects to release the names of all those companies engaged in listed activities.”
Aviva Raz Shechter, the Israeli ambassador to the United Nations said, “we view the report, and the initiative as a whole, as fundamentally illegitimate. It is, in our view, outside the competence and the authority of the Human Rights Council. This is kind of another instrument to pursue a discriminatory and politically motivated agenda.”
During a UNHRC meeting in June of this past year, US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley slammed plans to compile the 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.”
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