U.S. Urges UN Not to Pub­lish Anti-Is­rael Black­list

Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion urg­ing UN not to pub­lish “black­list” of firms do­ing busi­ness in Is­raeli com­mu­ni­ties in Judea and Sa­maria

The Jewish Voice - - NATIONAL - By: Elad Be­nari

The Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion is urg­ing the United Na­tions not to pub­lish a “black­list” of in­ter­na­tional firms that do busi­ness in Is­raeli com­mu­ni­ties in Judea and Sa­maria, diplo­mats and oth­ers said Mon­day, ac­cord­ing to the Wash­ing­ton Post.

The UN Hu­man Rights Coun­cil voted to ap­prove the data­base of com­pa­nies last year, de­spite ob­jec­tions from the United States and Is­rael.

Amer­i­can com­pa­nies on the list drawn up by the Geneva-based coun­cil in­clude Cater­pil­lar, Tri­pAd­vi­sor, Price­line.com, Airbnb and oth­ers, peo­ple fa­mil­iar with it told the Wash­ing­ton Post. It is not clear whether the list has been fi­nal­ized.

Zeid Ra’ad Al Hus­sein, the UN high com­mis­sioner for hu­man rights, has told U.S. of­fi­cials he plans to pub­lish the list by the end of the year and has asked for com­ments by Septem­ber 1 from coun­tries where af­fected firms are head­quar­tered, diplo­mats said.

U.S. of­fi­cials would not com­ment on which firms were in­cluded on a ver­sion of the list re­cently trans­mit­ted to U.S. diplo­mats.

When the an­nounce­ment of the black­list was first made pub­lic, Prime Min­is­ter Binyamin Ne­tanyahu con­demned it and said that "the UNHRC has be­come an anti-Is­raeli cir­cus with their at­tacks on the only democ­racy in the Mid­dle East and their dis­re­gard for the gross vi­o­la­tions in Iran, Syria and North Korea.”

The prime min­is­ter called on “re­spon­si­ble govern­ments” not to re­spect the UN res­o­lu­tion that dis­crim­i­nates against Is­rael.

Ear­lier on Mon­day, Is­rael’s am­bas­sador to the UN, Danny Danon, blasted the black­list.

“This shame­ful step is an ex­pres­sion of mod­ern anti-Semitism and re­minds us of dark pe­ri­ods in history. In­stead of fo­cus­ing on the ter­ri­ble hu­man­i­tar­ian prob­lems plagu­ing the globe, the Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sioner is seek­ing to harm Is­rael, and in do­ing so has be­come the world’s most se­nior BDS ac­tivist. I call on the UN, and the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity as a whole, to halt this dan­ger­ous pol­icy and put an end to this anti-Is­rael ini­tia­tive," Danon said.

Zeid had agreed to one post­pone­ment in the pub­li­ca­tion of the list this year, partly in re­sponse to a U.S. re­quest,

ac­cord­ing to the Wash­ing­ton Post. He has in­di­cated he plans to move ahead now, ar­gu­ing that the list is a re­source for con­sumers and trav­el­ers, ac­cord­ing to diplo­mats from sev­eral af­fected coun­tries who re­quested anonymity to de­scribe be­hind-the-scenes jock­ey­ing over the is­sue.

“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 Mon­day, adding, “These types of res­o­lu­tions are coun­ter­pro­duc­tive and do noth­ing to ad­vance Is­raeli-Pales­tinian is­sues.”

The Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion is urg­ing the United Na­tions not to pub­lish a “black­list” of in­ter­na­tional firms that do busi­ness in Is­raeli com­mu­ni­ties in Judea and Sa­maria, diplo­mats and oth­ers said Mon­day, ac­cord­ing to the Wash­ing­ton Post.

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