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USA: Govt. pushing to quash U.N. "blacklist" of firms doing business in Israeli settlements

Author: Anne Gearan, Washington Post, Published on: 21 August 2017

"U.S. Pushing to Quash U.N. 'Blacklist' of Firms Doing Business in Israeli Settlements," 21 August 2017

The Trump administration is urging the United Nations not to publish what it calls a “blacklist” of international firms that do business in Israeli settlements on land claimed by the Palestinians for a future state, diplomats and others said. The U.N. Human Rights Council 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.

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

[T]he U.N. 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 Sept. 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. Details of U.S. involvement and the inclusion of specific American firms has not previously been reported...

Affected firms appeared to be unaware of the list when contacted or did not respond to a request for comment... [also refers to TripAdvisor]

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Related companies: Airbnb Caterpillar Priceline Group Priceline.com (part of Priceline Group) TripAdvisor