U.N. Blacklists Companies Doing Business In West Bank

The U.N. has published a list of companies with business ties to Israeli settlements in the West Bank. Although most of the companies are Israeli, two were U.S. companies—TripAdvisor and Airbnb. Another was a British truck and digger maker, JCB. Eleven international firms also made the list. Although the list has no legal affect, it does have political implications, and could lend support of activists who seek to influence governments and consumers into boycotting Israel. Reported by The Guardian. Read more…

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo quickly blasted the U.N. Human Rights Office, calling the list an “outrage.” Pompeo said, “The United States has long opposed the creation or release of this database, which was mandated by the discredited U.N. Human Rights Council in 2016. … Its publication only confirms the unrelenting anti-Israel bias so prevalent at the United Nations. The United States has not provided, and will never provide, any information to the Office of the High Commissioner to support compilation of these lists and expresses support for U.S. companies referenced.” Reported by UPI.Read more…

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) also condemned the report, saying, “This blacklist is clearly designed to target American and Israeli companies for boycotts and other punitive action.” Reported by Breaking Israel News. Read more…

Amnesty International, however, had a different take, calling the list an “important step towards accountability in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.” Reported by Amnesty International. Read more…