UN List Of Settlement-Linked Firms Gets Palestinian Praise, Israeli Rejection

RAMALLAH/JERUSALEM, Feb 13 (NNN-XINHUA) – The Palestinians hailed the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR), for releasing a list of companies, that do business in Israeli settlements, in the occupied Palestinian territories, while Israel denounced the list as “biased” and “shameful.”

In a statement, Palestinian Prime Minister, Mohammed Ishtaye, said, the UN list “is a step towards exposing the settlements and foiling attempts to legalise it.”

“The decision is an implementation of international resolutions that reject the settlements,” Ishtaye added.

He called on the companies that work in the Israeli settlements, to shut down all its branches, “in the illegal Israeli settlements” as they “breach international law and resolutions.”

“The Palestinian government is ready to study the possibility of moving the factories of these companies to Palestinian towns and villages, if they want to correct their mistake,” the prime minister noted.

It is worth noting that the UNHCHR list is part of the implementation of a decision made by the UN Human Rights Council in 2016.

Also on Wednesday, Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu said, the UNHCHR move is “bias.”

“Whoever boycotts us will be boycotted,” Netanyahu said, adding, he has already instructed his government to sever ties with the UN council.

Rejecting the publication of the 112-firm list, Israeli Foreign Minister, Israel Katz, said, the list is a “shameful surrender to pressure, exerted by countries and organisations interested in harming Israel.”

Most of the firms in the list are Israeli ones, including banks and communication and construction companies. The list also includes some international companies.

Some 600,000 Israelis live in the heavily-secured settlements in Palestinian territories, which are illegal under international law.

The Palestinians condemn the settlements as an obstacle to peace between Israelis and Palestinians.– NNN-XINHUA