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UN to Reveal Complicit-corporation Database
By: Itamar Eichner, Ynetnews
22 December 2019

Israeli sources say the list, delayed on multiple occasions due to U.S. pressure, the UN Human Rights Council is to publicize at the end of January. The United States has threatened the body with dire consequences if any U.S. companies are harmed as a result. Several prominent Israeli and international companies - among them Coca Cola and Teva - have been threatened with inclusion on a United Nations blacklist over their operations in Israeli settlements.

The highest UN policy body on the human rights pillar of the UN Charter is expected to publish at the end of January the much-delayed “blacklist” of Israeli business operating in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights, sources in Jerusalem said Sunday.

In 2016, the UN Human Rights Council approved a resolution to collect a blacklist of Israeli and international companies operating in the settlements, which would then be made public. In addition, the European Union is targeting companies that operate in the West Bank, with a recent ruling from its courts requiring all member states to label products made in the settlements.

Some Companies on the UN `Blacklist`

The UN High Commissioner on Human Rights Michelle Bachelet is believed to have been encouraged to publish the list by the ICC prosecutor’s decision to open a probe into alleged Israeli war crimes in the Palestinian territories.

I am committed to fulfilling the council`s mandate,” the former Chilean president said in a letter to the commission back in March. “Due to the factual complexity, further examination is required to fully comply with the council`s request. I’ve appealed to member states, business entities, representatives of Israeli civil society and other officials,” she said.

Israeli Settler Colonies in the West Bank

The sources said the U.S. government, including congressmen from both Republican and Democratic parties, have been working behind the scenes to try and postpone the publication of the list once again, applying pressure on the Council and UN Secretary-General António Guterres.

The U.S. government apparently implied that the Trump administration will take strong action against the UN Human Rights Council if the so-called blacklist harms the U.S. companies on the list.

David Friedman, U.S. Ambassador to Israel, has also been holding talks on the issue with officials in the country.

Original article

Photo: Logos of implicated corporations. Source: Ynetnews.

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