UN Lists Firms Linked to Illegal Israeli Settlements in West Bank

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The United Nation’s (UN) human rights wing released a report on companies it found to have business ties with illegal Israeli settlements on Wednesday. The move was long awaited to identify firms which have such ties with the West Bank.

In its report, the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) stated that it has reasonable grounds to implicate 112 firms which have ties with 94 settlements based in Israel and 18 other settlements based outside Israel.

The UN report further locates that companies listed in countries as the US, France, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and the United States are involved in such transactions.
Companies like Airbnb, TripAdvisor, Expedia and Motorola are proven to be involved with Israeli settlements in the report.
UNHRC comments on the companies’ activities as those raising human rights concerns.

Riyad al-Maliki, Palestinian Foreign Minister applauded the report saying, “it is a victory for international law”.

The report comes as a response to the UNHRC resolution of 2016 where the demand of database of companies involved in specific activities in Israeli settlements in Palestinian territory was passed.

Amidst the questionable expansion of Israel’s territory, the report comes a day after the address of Palestinian Authority Prime Minister, Mahmoud Abbas to UN Security Council where he dismissed United States’s Middle East plan. The plan involves transferring a significant part of West Bank to Israel. Further, the plan shifts towards Isreal’s benefit in key issues of borders, the status of Jerusalem and Jewish settlements.

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