U.S. pushing to quash U.N. “blacklist” of firms doing business in Israeli settlements

…Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said the list would help the Palestinian “boycott, divestment and sanctions,” or BDS, campaign, which he says unfairly singles out Israel for economic punishment.

U.S. diplomats have argued that the Human Rights Council went beyond its mandate in ordering the list.

The panel has no power to levy sanctions or otherwise punish companies, but opponents of the list say it could put pressure on the U.N. Security Council to follow up.

The idea behind the list arose from efforts to target international businesses that did business with apartheid-era South Africa, and from Arab-led efforts to boycott Israel decades ago.

It is not clear how individual U.S. companies are being placed on the list. Affected firms appeared to be unaware of the list when contacted or did not respond to a request for comment.

In the case of travel-related firms such as TripAdvisor, it is also unclear whether their inclusion is the result of corporate activity inside settlements, such as advertising, or from inclusion of travel data about settlements on their websites.

“TripAdvisor can’t comment on a report it hasn’t seen,” company spokesman Brian Hoyt said. “We have not been contacted by the U.N. We continue to believe in the power of travel to bring cultures together around the world and are happy to discuss our position with the U.N. at any time.”

Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, called the database “shameful” in remarks delivered in Geneva in June. She also said the United States is considering whether to remain a member of the Human Rights Council, which she said was biased against Israel and too forgiving of autocrats and dictators.

“Blacklisting companies without even looking at their employment practices or their contributions to local empowerment, but rather based entirely on their location in areas of conflict, is contrary to the laws of international trade and to any reasonable definition of human rights,” Haley said. “It is an attempt to provide an international stamp of approval to the anti-Semitic BDS movement. It must be rejected.”

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Who’s telling the truth, Abbas or Netanyahu?

Published on May 7, 2017 via PalWatch.org

“Mr. President, I affirm to you that we are raising our children and our grandchildren on a culture of peace.” [PA Chairman Abbas May 3, 2017]

“I heard President Abbas yesterday say that they teach Palestinians teach their children peace. That’s unfortunately not true.” [Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu May 4, 2017]

Who is telling the truth? You decide!

The following broadcasts are from official Palestinian Authority TV controlled by the Palestinian Authority

“My rock, my rock has turned into an AK-47 (rifle).”
(PA TV host): “Bravo!” [Official PA TV Jan. 20, 2017]

“As we slaughtered them in your streets, Beirut
For you, Yasser Arafat, for you we shall die…
Tomorrow we will take our vengeance, and their leader will be carried in a coffin
We, Fatah, are a storm, and our blood is food for the revolution.” [Official PA TV Jan. 6, 2017]

“Fight the Jews, kill them, and defeat them.” [Official PA TV March 22 and 25, 2015]

“To war that will smash the oppression and destroy the Zionist's soul” [Official PA TV Jan. 29, 2013]

“We say that Palestine exists, and Palestine will return to us, and there is no such thing as Israel.” (Host): “Bravo!” [Official PA TV Nov. 6, 2015]

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