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UN creates database of companies operating in Israeli settlements in occupied West Bank & East Jerusalem

In March 2016, the UN Human Rights Council adopted Resolution 31/36 which aims to produce a database flagging companies doing business in Israeli settlements, in a bid to highlight corporate complicity in the Israeli occupation. The database was due to be launched by March 2017; however, the release date was delayed to the end of the year. In January 2018, the Council issued a report highlighting its progress on the database. The Council identified 206 relevant companies and is planning to publish their names after it has contacted all of them. A final publication date is yet to be determined.

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15 January 2017

UN goes ahead with database of Israeli companies operating in occupied West Bank & East Jerusalem; NGO criticises measure

Author: Middle East Monitor (UK)

"UN Prepares Blacklist of Israeli Companies Working in Illegal Settlements", 12 Jan 2017

The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) is preparing a blacklist of Israeli companies working in the illegal Jewish settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories, an Israeli newspaper reported on Tuesday. According to Israel Hayom, the list is an initiative “prompted” by the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement and is scheduled to be released later this year. Former UN Special Rapporteur in the occupied Palestinian territories, Richard Falk, is said to have come up with this idea six years ago when he was in office. Describing him as a “known BDS activist”, the newspaper said that Falk now has the support of a number of Arab states. Pro-settlement group NGO Monitor has written to the UN claiming that such a list “would be a violation of international law” as it would target “Jewish-owned” companies. This, it argues, violates the UNHRC’s own guidelines against discrimination based on national origin...


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1 April 2016

UN creates database of companies operating in Israeli settlements in occupied West Bank & East Jerusalem; Israel criticises measure

Author: John Reed, Financial Times (USA)

"Israel decries UN 'blacklist' of companies working in settlements", 24 Mar 2016

The UN Human Rights Council has voted to establish a database that will name companies doing business in Israel’s settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, in a symbolic victory for the Palestinians and a blow to the Israeli government and its allies...The database will cover a wide range of industries, including construction, security services, banks and utility companies, potentially covering a number of Israeli and international companies...Israel, the US and the UK had fought against the database provision for fear it would lead to pressure to boycott the companies in question...Israel’s government worries that the boycott of settlements could pave the way for a boycott of all Israeli goods...

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